Milan are felled by stunning late goal

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An injury-time strike by Giovanni Piacentini condemned Milan to a 2-1 defeat at Bologna in Italy's Serie A yesterday.

An injury-time strike by Giovanni Piacentini condemned Milan to a 2-1 defeat at Bologna in Italy's Serie A yesterday.

Milan went behind in the 20th minute when Bologna's Giovanni Bia struck from close range before Andrei Shev-chenko brought the visitors level in the 62nd minute with a well-placed header. Milan's Federico Giunti was sent off 15 minutes from the end but Alberto Zaccheroni's side looked like holding on to claim a point - until Piacentini's fine late 25-yard decider.

Juventus recorded a second successive win with a 2-0 home victory over Bari. Darko Kovacevic put the Turin side ahead early on and Zinedine Zidane converted a late penalty.

On Saturday, Marco Tardelli made a solid start as Internazionale's coach in a 3-1 home win over Napoli. The scorers for Inter, who sacked Marcello Lippi after their opening-day defeat by Reggina, were Luigi Di Biagio, Ivan Zamorano and, with an outstanding individual goal, Laurent Blanc.

In Spain, Real Madrid enjoyed a 3-0 home win over the defending champions Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday but were upstaged by Barcelona, who slammed six first-half goals past Real Sociedad in a 6-0 away victory. There were two goals apiece from Rivaldo and Alfonso and one each from Luis Enrique and Simão Sabrosa.

In Germany, Bayern Munich suffered a demoralising defeat, their third in a row, on Saturday when the bottom club Energie Cottbus beat the German champions 1-0 to knock them off the top of the table.

Schalke 04 beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to take a one-point lead over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. The Cottbus goal came from the Hungarian defender Vilmos Sebok, a former Bristol City player. Bayern are in third place, a point behind Dortmund.

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