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AC Milan beats Parma 1-0 in Serie A

AC Milan beats Parma 1-0 in Serie A

Filippo Inzaghi scored Sunday to help AC Milan beat Parma 1-0 and maintain its push for fourth place in the Serie A.
Inzaghi scored in the 76th minute, tapping in Andrea Pirlo's free kick for his 127th Serie A goal _ but only his second this season.
Milan, which started the season with an eight-point penalty from the Italian match-fixing scandal, is in ninth place with 27 points, three fewer than Lazio and Catania.
Inter Milan, bidding for its 14th straight league victory, leads the league with 54 points ahead of Sunday night's game at Sampdoria. AS Roma, which has 46 points after beating Siena 1-0, is second and Palermo is third with 39 points.
Also Sunday, Takayuki Morimoto scored an 88th-minute equalizer to hand Catania a 1-1 draw with Atalanta; Luca Toni scored one and set up another as Fiorentina rallied to beat Livorno 2-1 in a Tuscan derby; Reggina beat Cagliari 2-0 to climb out of the relegation zone; Ascoli snatched a 2-1 victory over Messina on late goals by Michele Paolucci; and Empoli was held to a 0-0 draw at Chievo Verona.
On Saturday, Lazio beat Palermo 3-0 and Udinese beat Torino 3-2.
Massimo Oddo made his full debut for Milan at San Siro in the No. 44 shirt after signing from Lazio on Wednesday. The Italy defender was Milan's best player, stifling Parma's attack and making a series of runs down the right channel _ something the Rossoneri have lacked this season.
"Oddo made an important contribution with so many crosses," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "He did well both in attack and defense."
Milan could have won by a larger margin but Alberto Gilardino, Inzaghi and Kaka struggled in front of goal.
"We deserved to win but we toiled a bit," Ancelotti said.
After scoring, Inzaghi pointed to his name printed on the back of his shirt, gesturing both to the crowd and to Milan's dugout.
"Inzaghi has had and will have his chances, but while I'm still coach of Milan, it'll be when I deem it," Ancelotti said.
Inzaghi has started infrequently this season and is likely to spend more time on the bench if Brazil striker Ronaldo makes his expected move to Milan from Real Madrid next week.
"I can only think about the contribution that I can make," Inzaghi said. "Why shouldn't I be (happy about Ronaldo's arrival)? He has something to offer Milan."
At Stadio Olimpico, Mirco Vucinic scored in the 62nd for his first goal for Roma, taking Francesco Tavano's through ball and shooting from a tight angle.
Vucinic made a rare start in place of the suspended Francesco Totti and became Roma's 12th different scorer this season.
"We did doubly well to win such a difficult game," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "They are a solid team and they know how to create problems for their opponents."
Siena midfielder Tomas Locatelli was sent off just before the final whistle for striking Daniele De Rossi in the face while jumping for a ball. Replays suggested that the incident was unintentional.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:45 GMT+08:00