Ancelotti's Juventus restore some pride against Lazio

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Juventus relieved some of the pressure on their coach, Carlo Ancelotti, with a 1-1 draw at home to Sven Goran Eriksson's Lazio in Italy's Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus relieved some of the pressure on their coach, Carlo Ancelotti, with a 1-1 draw at home to Sven Goran Eriksson's Lazio in Italy's Serie A on Saturday.

The Turin side crashed out of the Champions' League last week after a 3-1 defeat to Panathinaikos. But, while still some way from their best, Ancelotti's side matched Lazio in an evenly balanced, hard-fought contest. Juventus went ahead in the 22nd minute when the Croatian defender Igor Tudor outjumped the goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi and headed an Alessandro Del Piero corner in off the underside of the bar.

Lazio were level eight minutes later when a Marcelo Salas shot from 25 yards bounced past a stationary Edwin van der Sar in the Juventus goal.

In Saturday's other game, Atalanta continued their unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory over Brescia. Massimo Donati put the Bergamo side ahead in first half and then the former Internazionale striker Nicola Ventola secured the points with a goal in injury time.

Roma kept up their title challenge after goals from Francesco Totti and Vincenzo Montella gave them a 2-1 win over Reggina yesterday. Elsewhere, Internazionale suffered another shock defeat, losing 1-0 at home to Lecce, who had to play with 10 men for an hour after their defender Alberto Malusci was sent off.

Inter's defender Laurent Blanc saw a penalty saved by Antonio Chimenti before the Croatian Davor Vugrinec put Lecce ahead with a fine solo gal in the 20th minute. Milan returned to winning ways, with the Ukrainian Andrei Shevchenko scoring twice in their 3-1 win at Bari.

Sedan maintained their unlikely residency at the top of the French league with a convincing 2-0 victory over struggling Marseilles on Saturday. Second-half goals from Olivier Quint, from the penalty spot, and the substitute Cédric Mionnet maintained their unbeaten home record.

Sedan's win left Marseilles firmly in the relegation zone and increased speculation about the future of their Brazilian coach, Abel Braga.

The Brazilian striker Alex scored his 10th goal of the season to earn St-Etienne a 1-0 victory over the champions, Monaco, to continue their resurgence under the Welsh coach John Toshack. Their last four matches have finished with three wins and a draw. "In their first 10 matches, St-Etienne won 10 points and conceded 20 goals," Toshack said. "In five under me, they have won 10 points and conceded only three goals. It is getting better, but we need to continue on the same path."

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