Football: Frugal Parma entertain Milan

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PARMA, WHOSE outstanding defence has conceded just five goals in 10 games this season, play host to Milan in tomorrow's live game on Channel 4. Despite losing 1-0 at Cagliari last Sunday and scoring just 11 times this term, Parma are fifth in Europe's toughest league and showed their class in midweek when comfortably holding Rangers to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their third round Uefa Cup tie at Ibrox Park.

Milan, third in Serie A after the Brazilian Leonardo's 90th-minute winner against Lazio at San Siro last Sunday, have a long way to go to recapture the glory years when they were dominant in Europe. But, under Alberto Zaccheroni, the coach who joined them in the summer from Udinese (bringing Oliver Bierhoff, the prolific German striker with him), Milan look a force to be reckoned with.

Parma, whose squad includes the Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, the brilliant French defender Lilian Thuram and the Argentine striker Hernan Crespo, are at full strength, while Milan are missing only the injured German midfielder Christian Ziege.

Internazionale hit form with a vengeance when beating Real Madrid, the defending champions, 3-1 in the Champions' League on Wednesday. With Ronaldo, their talismanic Brazilian striker, back from injury, Inter were a different side. Ivan Zamorano, the tireless 34-year-old Chilean striker, deflected in a Ronaldo shot to give Inter the lead and the veteran playmaker, Roberto Baggio, came on to seal a famous win with two late goals. Inter, sixth in Serie A, look sure to give struggling 17th-placed Saleritana a hard time.

Tomorrow night's game is the Roman derby between the injury-hit big spenders Lazio and second-placed Roma.

Other games tomorrow: Bari v Fiorentina, Bologna v Juventus, Empoli v Vicenza, Perugia v Piacenza, Udinese v Cagliari, Vicenza v Sampdoria.

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