Italian Football: Gascoigne returns but has to depart early

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PAUL GASCOIGNE helped to make one of Lazio's goals in their 2-0 home win over Brescia in Serie A yesterday but he failed to last the game, fuelling reports that the Rome club are unhappy with their English international for arriving back overweight after his Christmas break, writes Rupert Metcalf.

Giuseppe Signori, the league's top scorer, took his season's tally to 16 with both Lazio goals, to keep his side in third place behind the Milan clubs. Brescia's cause was not helped by second-half red cards for Stefano Bonometti and Ioan Sabau.

After setting up Signori's first strike, Gascoigne also made his exit in the second period - and he did not appear to be injured when he was taken off. The former Tottenham and Newcastle man had missed Lazio's last two Serie A games with a thigh injury; he has completed the full 90 minutes in only four league matches this season.

Milan, meanwhile, march on - they extended their unbeaten league run to 50 matches with a 1-0 home win over Cagliari. The French international striker, Jean- Pierre Papin, hit the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, after Roberto Donadoni had been fouled. Milan's second- placed city rivals, Internazionale, remain eight points off the pace after a 3-1 win over Foggia in which Igor Shalimov scored twice against his former team-mates. The loss of their international midfielder, Alessandro Bianchi, after a second- half red card did not hinder Inter's progress.

Fiorentina's new coach, Aldo Agroppi, had a disastrous first match - his side lost 4-0 at Udinese. The home side's Marco Branca scored nine seconds after the kick-off, he went on to add two more goals. Fiorentina played the second half with only 10 men after Fabrizio Di Mauro was sent off for dissent.

Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria, who took the lead through their international winger, Attilio Lombardo, in the sixth minute. A mix-up between two home defenders, England's Des Walker and Marco Lanna, who collided going for the ball, allowed Juventus's German international, Andreas Moller, to equalise in the 37th minute.

Napoli's fight against relegation was aided by a Roberto Policano goal which earned a 1-0 win at Torino, who were replaced in fourth place by Atalanta - 3-1 winners over ailing Roma.

SERIE A DETAILS

ITALIAN LEAGUE: Atalanta 3 (Ganz 28, Porrini 69, Minaudo 88) Roma 1 (Giannini pen 55); Foggia 1 (Di Biagio 83) Internazionale 3 (Shalimov 18, 72, Sosa 70); Lazio 2 (Signori 33, 82) Brescia 0; Milan 1 (Papin pen 54) Cagliari 0; Parma 1 (Minotti 74) Genoa 0; Pescara 4 (Dunga 4, Allegri pen 10, Borgonovo 35, Palladini 84) Ancona 3 (Detari pen 42, Agostini 44, Lupo 48); Sampdoria 1 (Lombardo 6) Juventus 1 (Moller 37); Torino 0 Napoli 1 (Crippa 13); Udinese 4 (Branca 1, 49, 60, Balbo 89) Fiorentina 0.

----------------------------------------------------------------- P W D L F A Pts ----------------------------------------------------------------- Milan 15 12 3 0 36 14 27 Internazionale 15 8 3 4 28 21 19 Lazio 15 6 6 3 32 22 18 Atalanta 15 8 2 5 20 21 18 Juventus 15 5 6 4 27 20 16 Torino 15 4 8 3 17 12 16 Sampdoria 15 5 6 4 28 26 16 Parma 15 7 2 6 18 18 16 Fiorentina 15 5 5 5 29 27 15 Cagliari 15 6 3 6 14 15 15 Udinese 15 6 2 7 23 21 14 Brescia 15 4 6 5 16 21 14 Genoa 15 3 7 5 23 32 13 Foggia 15 5 3 7 19 28 13 Roma 15 4 4 7 17 18 12 Napoli 15 5 2 8 22 26 12 Pescara 15 3 2 10 23 35 8 Ancona 15 3 2 10 25 40 8 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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