FOOTBAL : EUROPEAN ROUND UP : Wet pitch threatens Chelsea tie

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Club Bruges are worried their waterlogged pitch will not be fit for the European Cup-Winners' Cup quarter-final first leg match against Chelsea on Tuesday. Their Belgian league match against Lierse on Saturday was postponed after heavy rain.

Antoine Vanhove, a director of the club, said about three-quarters of the pitch had been covered with plastic after small holes were made in the turf to improve draining.

There was enough heat in Florence yesterday to dry up a lake as Fiorentina rescued their unbeaten home record courtesy of the Argentinian Gabriel Batistuta's 18th goal of the season. It earned them a 2-2 draw in an ill- tempered match against Internazionale. There were eight bookings and a red card for Pierluigi Orlandini, who had put Inter 2-1 ahead. Fiorentina's Portuguese playmaker, Rui Costa, had equalised Nicola Berti's 33rd-minute opener for Inter with an unstoppable shot.

Another South American, Faustino Asprilla, returned to form by scoring both goals as second-placed Parma kept up their pursuit of the Serie A leaders Juventus with an impressive 2-0 win over Lazio.

Asprilla outwitted Lazio's defence and finished superbly, first in the 11th minute and then in the 52nd minute following neat work by Gianfranco Zola.

A goal by Gianluca Vialli 11 minutes from time gave Juventus a 1-0 victory away to Sampdoria in the late game yesterday that enabled them to maintain their six points advantage at the top of the table.

Third-placed Roma had to work hard for 45 minutes in an effort to break down struggling Reggiana's defence before easing to victory with second- half goals from Giuseppe Giannini and Abel Balbo, the Argentinian scoring his 14th of the season.

Milan warmed up for Wednesday's European Cup quarter-final home leg against Benfica with a 3-1 victory over lowly Cremonese, which moved them up to fifth.

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