Juventus held at Fiorentina, Roma thrash Parma

ROME, Oct 7 (Reuters) - An 89th-minute Adrian Mutu penalty gave Fiorentina a dramatic 1-1 home draw with Juventus in Serie A today.

Francesco Totti struck twice as AS Roma took advantage to claim a share of second place with a 3-0 win at Parma, who had Bernardo Corradi sent off in the 26th minute for a second yellow card.

But the real beneficiaries are champions Inter Milan, who are now three points clear at the top of Serie A with 17 points from seven games courtesy of yesterday's 2-1 win over Napoli.

Fiorentina are fourth with 13 points and remain unbeaten.

Juventus' Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta opened the score in the 23rd minute when he latched onto a loose header and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Keeper Gianluigi Buffon saved a deflected Riccardo Montolivo shot superbly with his feet, while Fiorentina keeper Sebastien Frey pushed out a thunderous Pavel Nedved effort before half time.

Fiorentina were unlucky not to win a penalty six minutes after the break when Franco Semioli was sandwiched by two Juventus defenders in the area.

The visitors looked to be heading to their third consecutive win, but Nicola Legrottaglie handled the ball at the death and former Juventus forward Mutu made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Roma took the lead at Parma after just two minutes, with a low diagonal Totti drive although the television replays suggested the ball might have been out of play when Mirko Vucinic made the final pass.

The Roma captain set up the second, threading the ball through to Brazilian midfielder Mancini, who fired in another angled shot in the 21st, and completed the rout himself eight minutes from time.

AC Milan are aiming to recover from Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Celtic in the Champions League with their first domestic win since the opening day of the season later on Sunday at Lazio.


Story first published: Sunday, October 7, 2007, 21:33 [IST]
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