Football; Ronaldo double cancels out Cafu

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RONALDO scored twice on Saturday to earn Internazionale a 2-1 win over Roma and keep up his side's challenge to the Serie A leaders, Juventus.

The 21-year-old Brazilian's 50th minute opening goal was equalised by his compatriot, Cafu, soon afterwards, but Ronaldo scored the winner in the 75th minute.

Juventus remain a point clear at the top of the table after a 2- 0 win over Piacenza, courtesy of goals by Zinedine Zidane and Alessandro Del Piero, while Lazio's chances of Champions' League football receded as they drew 1-1 with Brescia.

Parma secured a 3-1 victory over Napoli, a result which relegated the southern club from the top-flight. It also ended the era of Italian football that had seen Diego Maradona lead Napoli to two League titles, the Italian Cup and the Uefa Cup.

German international Oliver Bierhoff scored two second-half goals for Udinese to earn them a 2-0 win over Bari and make him Serie A's joint top scorer with Ronaldo. George Weah scored a hat-trick in Milan's 3-0 victory over Atalanta. Vicenza, who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the European Cup-Winners' Cup on Thursday night, drew 1-1 away at Fiorentina.

In Germany, Giovanni Trapattoni announced after Saturday's 3-1 victory over TSV Munich 1860 that he was standing down as coach of Bayern Munich at the end of the season and returning to Italy. The 59-year-old coach's decision ended weeks of speculation. "I think it is better for the club and the players that a fresh wind blows through here," he said.

Barcelona moved 14 points clear at the top of the Spanish League and a step closer to their 15th title with a 2-1 win over Merida, while second- placed Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Celta, giving hope to those below them that they can still be usurped for the second place in the European Champions' League.

Real Sociedad won 3-1 away against Compostela and Mallorca won 3-2 away against Zaragoza. The victories took both sides to 55 points, just one behind Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao also came into contention with a win over Valladolid. The result took Bilbao on to 54 points, the same as Celta, which also leaves both sides hoping for the Champions' League place.

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