Lippi 'ashamed' after Inter lose to Reggina

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Internazionale fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Reggina on the first Sunday of Italy's Serie A campaign but their rivals Milan and Roma both began with comfortable wins.

Internazionale fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Reggina on the first Sunday of Italy's Serie A campaign but their rivals Milan and Roma both began with comfortable wins.

Inter took the lead in the 10th minute through the Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba but Davide Possanzini equalised on the stroke of half-time and Massimo Marazzina grabbed the winner in the 50th minute with a powerful left-foot drive.

Inter's coach Marcello Lippi, under pressure since the Milan side were knocked out of the Champions' League qualifiers by Sweden's Helsingborg, was furious with his team's performance. "I am ashamed to have presented a squad that has played in that manner and without heart," he said.

There were no such problems for Roma, who enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to Bologna in a game which saw Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta's debut for the Rome club.

Francesco Totti put Roma ahead with a 27th-minute header after a fine cross from Marcos Assuncão and then a 67th-minute own goal by the Bologna defender Marcello Castellini secured the three points for Fabio Capello's side.

Milan also made a confident start against newly-promoted Vicenza with the German target man Oliver Bierhoff opening the scoring when he rose to head home a cross from Gennaro Gattuso.

Bierhoff, recalled to the Germany squad on Thursday, has been in excellent form in pre-season, scoring in Champions' League games against Besiktas and Barcelona. The Ukrainian Andrei Shevchenko, last season's top scorer in Serie A, completed the 2-0 win with a fine header from a deep Federico Giunti cross.

Parma and Fiorentina drew 2-2, a result which may ease the pressure on Fiorentina's Turkish coach Fatih Terim, who has been under fire since the Florence club were knocked out of the Uefa Cup by Austria's Tirol Innsbruck.

Parma took the lead in the fifth minute through a powerful Marcio Amoroso header but Fiorentina fought back well with a 65th-minute goal from Alessandro Pierini and then Cristian Amoroso looked to have given them the winner with an 82nd-minute strike. But Parma drew level with a last-minute penalty from Marcio Amoroso, after a foul which earned a red card for Fiorentina's Tomas Repka.

Roberto Baggio's debut for Brescia ended in a 4-2 defeat at Udinese in a game which took place in torrential rain on a barely playable, waterlogged pitch. The Spanish League was also affected by the weather - the match between Espanyol and Real Sociedad was abandoned at half-time yesterday when torrential rain made the pitch unplayable. Real Sociedad were leading the game 2-1 when referee Medina Cantalejo decided to call a halt.

Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by a determined Racing Santander on Saturday. The hard-fought encounter was also played out on a treacherous rain-sodden surface.

In Germany, the champions Bayern Munich suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to unfancied Hansa Rostock on Saturday, but they stayed on top of the Bundesliga as second-placed Schalke 04 lost 2-0 at Hamburg.

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