Football: No end in sight to Milan slump

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Milan are in disarray. The former European champions are now nowhere near the best team in their own city, let alone the continent.

Fabio Capello's side suffered a calamitous 1-0 home defeat to Vicenza at the San Siro yesterday, which means that they languish fifth from bottom of Italy's Serie A with just two points from four matches. In contrast, their city rivals Internazionale top the table with a maximum 12 points following Saturday's impressive 5-1 win at Lecce.

Arturo Di Napoli's 50th-minute winner for Vicenza, scored direct from a free-kick, means Capello's side have yet to win a league match this season, despite heavy summer expenditure. It is their worst start since 1972-73, and they left the pitch to much abuse.

Ronaldo and Youri Djorkaeff scored two goals each for Inter at Lecce, with Mauricio Ganz adding the fifth. Luigi Simoni's side have now won their first seven matches of the season: four in the league, two in the Italian Cup and one in the Uefa Cup. Ronaldo, their Brazilian centre-forward, has scored five goals in five appearances.

Juventus, who visit Manchester United in the Champions' League on Wednesday, needed an injury-time equaliser from Filippo Inzaghi - his fourth goal in seven appearances - to earn a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria. Juventus were down to 10 men, Paolo Montero having been sent off after 74 minutes.

Atletico Madrid, who are in Leicester tomorrow on Uefa Cup business, were held 3-3 at home by Celta Vigo in the Spanish League. Haim Revivo and Jorge Cadete, the former Celtic forward, put Celta Vigo 2-0 up before two goals from Christian Vieri and one from Jose Mari earned Atletico a 3-2 lead. A last-minute penalty from Rafael Berges gave Celta a deserved draw.

Two goals each from Luis Enrique and Rivaldo gave Barcelona, who have a 100 per cent record, an emphatic 4-1 win at Sporting Gijon, while Raul Gonzalez and Predrag Mijatovic were on target for Real Madrid in their 2-0 success at Valencia.

PAOK Salonika, who will be defending a 1-0 lead at Arsenal in the Uefa Cup tomorrow, had a 4-0 home win over Kalamata in the Greek League on Saturday. With a 100 per cent record, they are second in the table, behind Ionikos on goal difference.

Another team with a perfect record are Ajax, who won 1-0 at Heerenveen to make it eight wins out of eight in the Dutch League. In the German Bundesliga, Kaiserslautern stay on top despite a 3-1 home defeat to Werder Bremen.

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