Vialli shrugs off controversy

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Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Baggio put controversy behind them yesterday with goals that helped Juventus and Milan respectively to Serie A wins, writes Catherine Riley.

Vialli, who said he would not play for Italy's national side again, struck twice in Juventus' 4-0 win at Piacenza. Baggio scored Milan's winner in a 2-1 victory at home to Udinese, which gave him some satisfaction after being relegated to the bench in the midweek European Championship qualifier against Slovenia.

Despite problems with their Colombian striker, Faustino Asprilla, who was dropped from the team after an altercation at the training ground on Saturday, Parma's poor start to the season looks to have abated. Dino Baggio scored the winner in their 2-1 defeat of Internazionale last night.

Torino's Turkish international, Hakan Sukur, scored his first goal to help his club to their opening win of the season at home to Bari, while newly promoted Vicenza celebrated their first Serie A home match in 16 years with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

Ajax recaptured the lead of the Dutch First Division from Willem II Tilburg yesterday, beating Sparta Rotterdam 4-0, despite the absence of Patrick Kluivert, who was involved in a car crash the previous night.

Third-placed Feyenoord conceded a goal in the second minute, but bounced back to rout Volendam 5-1. Ronald Koeman, who missed from the spot in Feyenoord's opening match, failed again when his spot-kick was blocked, but he made up for it in the 32nd minute by scoring from a fierce free- kick.

Jurgen Klinsmann's first two goals Bayern Munich gave them a 2-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday, ensuring the Bundesliga leaders 100 per cent record.

Real Madrid, the defending Spanish champions, crashed to Athletic Bilbao, conceding two late goals in front of a stunned 79,000 crowd in the Bernabeu stadium on Saturday, while Barce-lona could only draw 2-2 at home to newly promoted Merida.