Vieira bags first goal for Inter to extend their lead

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Internazionale extended their lead at the top of Serie A to four points last night when Patrick Vieira scored the winner in a 2-1 victory at Palermo. Vieira's 61st-minute goal ­ his first for the club since his close-season transfer from Juventus ­ followed first-half strikes by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Palermo striker Amauri.

Roma racked up their fifth win in a row in Serie A when they won 4-2 at Sampdoria yesterday. The result came courtesy of two goals by their captain, Francesco Totti, and one each for the midfielder Simone Perrotta and the defender Christian Panucci.

Lazio also continued their good league form, making it three wins in a row as Manuel Belleri, Goran Pandev and Pasquale Foggia scored to sink Ascoli 3-1.

Elsewhere, Livorno hung on to fourth place despite letting a two-goal lead slip in a 2-2 draw at Reggina.

On Saturday, Paolo Maldini was the unlikely hero for Milan as they won for the first time in a month in Serie A against Messina at the San Siro. The veteran defender's 13th-minute strike helped the Rossoneri forget their recent struggles, although they still languish in 14th place.

In France yesterday, troubled Paris St-Germain drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers Nantes in the capital side's first match since one of their supporters was shot dead by a policeman on Thursday. Julien Quemener, a 25-year-old PSG fan, was shot following PSG's 4-2 defeat by Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Uefa Cup.

Some 200 PSG supporters took part in a silent march around the stadium before the match, played under tight scrutiny. No incidents were reported.

Florent Malouda scored the only goal last night to help Lyon beat Auxerre 1-0 at home to move 14 points clear at the top of the French league. Juninho's 25th-minute free kick was saved by goalkeeper Fabien Cool, but Malouda followed up to score. Sochaux climbed to third after easing to a 3-1 victory at Lorient. Anthony Le Tallec struck a first-half double.

Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen kept up the pressure on the Bundesliga leaders, Schalke, with wins on Saturday. The champions Bayern moved up to third after going a goal down in Hamburg, as Roy Makaay and Claudio Pizarro scored in the second half to seal the win for Felix Magath's men, after Rafael van der Vaart had put the home team ahead with a penalty after 17 minutes.

Bremen looked comfortable as they sealed a 3-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld thanks to a first-half double (29 and 45) from Miroslav Klose and a strike by the substitute Aaron Hunt 15 minutes from time.

NEC Nijmegen hit four second-half goals to sink Feyenoord 4-1 in the Dutch league yesterday, and Sparta Rotterdam scored a 3-0 win over 10-man Ajax after Wesley Sneijder was sent off for verbal abuse.

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