Udinese leave it late for winner

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Massimo Margiotta scored four minutes into injury time to give Udinese a 1-0 victory over Greek champions PAOK Salonika in their Uefa Cup second round first leg match yesterday.

Massimo Margiotta scored four minutes into injury time to give Udinese a 1-0 victory over Greek champions PAOK Salonika in their Uefa Cup second round first leg match yesterday.

Udinese, who have a habit of scoring vital goals in the final minutes, laboured all match to break down a patient and well-organised Greek defence. But with less than 30 seconds of injury time left, Roberto Carlos Sosa headed the ball down to Margiotta 12 metres from goal.

The midfielder, who came on as an 80th minute substitute for Luis Helguera, bundled his way between two defenders before shooting past goalkeeper Kyriakos Tohuroglou.

Udinese had come within seconds of failing to even make the draw for the competition. They fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the first leg of their Intertoto Cup final against Czech side Sigma Olomouc and then scored twice in the last three minutes of the second leg to take the match to extra time. Two goals, one from Margiotta, finally sealed victory.

Milan and Napoli have been fined a total of 45m lire (£13,800) for crowd trouble at their weekend Serie A matches.

The Italian Football League fined Milan 25m lire after one of their supporters threw a flare into the Juventus terraces during the 2-2 draw at the San Siro on Saturday. The incident sparked unrest among Juventus fans and police had to intervene.

Napoli were fined 20m lire for incidents during their 5-1 home defeat against Bologna on Sunday. Fans threw flares onto the pitch and the game was halted while Bologna goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca was treated for stinging eyes.

Serie A rivals Reggina were fined 18m lire and Fiorentina 8m lire for similar offences.

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