Liberian goes solo

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George Weah's solo effort in the opening minute was enough for Milan to see off Atalanta 1-0 yesterday and stretch their lead at the top of Serie A, although the result was marred by the dismissal of Christian Panucci.

Cagliari's veteran manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, who won seven league titles with Juventus in the 1980s, made an unhappy return to Turin as his new side tumbled to their fourth successive away defeat, losing 4-1 to the defending champions.

At Udine, Lazio's Diego Fuser took advantage of Italian referees' novel move to stop each match in the 90th minute and announce publicly how much time would be added on for injuries. With Lazio trailing 1-0 and six minutes to add, Fuser timed his last-minute equaliser to perfection.

PSV Eindhoven knocked Ajax Amsterdam off the top of the Dutch league with a 7-0 home defeat of Volendam on Saturday. Both clubs have 53 points, but the Eindhoven club have the better goal difference. The champions' hopes of regaining their lead yesterday were dashed by the weather, their match with NAC Breda being postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund were held 1-1 at Kaiserslautern on Saturday as the German season resumed after the winter break, while Karlsruhe and Eintracht Frankfurt conceded an own goal each in a bizarre 1-1 draw on a treacherous pitch.

Thomas Ritter deflected a shot from Frankfurt's Johnny Ekstrom beyond his goalkeeper's reach in the 12th minute, but Frankfurt's Mirko Dickhaut returned the compliment just before full-time, putting a Jens Nowotny cross into his own net.

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