Football: Inter see a glimmer of hope: Italian football

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AFTER apparently chasing a hopeless cause all season, there is now just a glimmer of hope at the top of Serie A for Internazionale. The faltering champions, Milan, lost 3-1 at home to Juventus on Saturday, while their city rivals won by the same score at Brescia yesterday to narrow the gap to five points, with six matches left.

Inter are on a roll - they have not been beaten for 14 weeks, while Milan's six-match run without a victory is their worst sequence since 1985-86.

Ruben Sosa, the Uruguayan striker, did the business for Inter at Brescia, scoring twice in four minutes soon after Ioan Sabau had given the home side the lead. Sosa then set up Salvatore Schillaci for a late goal that sealed the points.

The scoring pattern was the same at the San Siro, where Marco Simone gave Milan an early lead before the German forward, Andreas Moller, struck twice before the break for Juventus. Roberto Baggio's fine solo goal settled the issue.

The capital derby between Lazio and Roma ended in a 0-0 draw, with Lazio's point being enough to keep them in third place, ahead of Juventus and Parma on goal difference. Roberto Cravero, the Lazio defender, was sent off in the first half after an altercation with Ruggiero Rizzitelli.

ITALIAN LEAGUE (Yesterday): Brescia 1 (Sabau 53) Internazionale 3 (Sosa 56, 60, Schillaci 81); Cagliari 3 (Oliveira 25, Firicano 47, Moriero 79) Ancona 0; Fiorentina 1 (Batistuta 86) Napoli 1 (Fonseca 26); Pescara 2 (Allegri 85, Bivi 89) Foggia 4 (Nobile og 20, Sciacca 28, Roy 53, Bresciani 83); Roma 0 Lazio 0; Torino 1 (Scifo 62) Genoa 1 (Fortunato 77); Udinese 1 (Balbo 30) Atalanta 2 (Rambaudi 14, Alemao 80). (Saturday): Milan 1 (Simone 6) Juventus 3 (Moller 13, 20, R Baggio 64); Sampdoria 2 (Mancini pen 29, Lombardo 52) Parma 1 (Pizzi 87).