Three die in Italy

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Three Genoa fans died after suffering heart attacks during a relegation play-off that condemned their team to Serie B, Italian newspapers reported yesterday.

Two of the supporters were taken ill at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence during the match against Padova on Saturday. A third collapsed and died while watching the game on television. After a 1-1 draw, Padova beat Genoa on penalties to end the latter club's six-year run in Italy's top flight.

Atalanta, relegated 12 months ago, sealed the final promotion spot to Serie A when they beat Salernitana 2-1 yesterday. They will join the champions, Piacenza, Udinese and Vicenza in the top section next season.

The Juventus defender Sergio Porrini, who scored in the first leg, found the net again yesterday as his team beat Parma 2-0 on the night and 3- 0 on aggregate in the Italian Cup final, to complete a domestic double.

Fabrizio Ravanelli hit the other goal on a bad night for Parma, who had their international defender Luigi Apolloni sent off near the end, as Juventus became the first club to achieve the Italian double twice.

Parma have reportedly made a bid of almost pounds 10m for the Lazio striker, Giuseppe Signori, while Roberto Baggio, who missed the final due to injury, has been linked with a move to one of the Milan clubs.

Borussia Dortmund ensured that the race for the German Bundesliga title would not be decided until next Saturday's last round of the season by coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Duisburg on Saturday. However, the 1993 champions, Werder Bremen, remain the title favourites after a 2-1 win over Karlsruhe, which kept them one point ahead of Dortmund.