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SERIE A's finest may have succumbed twice to the Premiership's - nay Europe's - best this season, but it would be expecting rather a lot of Wales to replicate the performance here at international level this evening, even if their number does include - just for a change - that scourge of Italian defences, Manchester United's Ryan Giggs.

Television: Same hairstyle, different gown

It was not an altogether good week for BBC Television. Take sport. As, indeed, Sky has. On Wednesday, while anyone remotely interested in football was either watching or listening to the crucial Premiership game between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United, the Uefa Cup final between Marseille and Parma unfolded on BBC2. It was a worthy attempt to prove the BBC's continuing commitment to sport, yet it struck me as sadly symbolic that the BBC had hacked all the way over to Moscow when the really important business was taking place in Blackburn. In the olden days, the boot was on the other foot. BBC1's Grandstand covered major sporting events, while ITV's World of Sport offered swimming from Porthcawl.

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IT'S A fair assumption that the man in the Beeb camp when the season's football schedules were haggled over has a collection of Betamax videos at home. His dad may well have a Sinclair C5 in the garage and his grandad is a certainty to have backed Craganour in the Derby.

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Football: Parma spoil the party for Antic

THE BANNERS around the Vicente Calderon stadium said "Welcome home Radomir" but something was obviously lost in the translation into Italian - Parma did not get the message. Atletico Madrid's Uefa Cup semi-final first leg proved not to be a glorious return for Raddy Antic as coach.

Football: Bologna and Parma poised for all-Italian party

AN ALL-ITALIAN Uefa Cup final in Moscow on 12 May looks likely after good results away from home for Parma and Bologna in last night's semi-final first-leg games.

Football: Parma's panache banishes Bordeaux

HERNAN CRESPO and Enrico Chiesa scored twice each as Parma thrashed Bordeaux 6-0 yesterday to overturn their narrow first-leg deficit and ease into the Uefa Cup semi-finals.

Football: Italian Preview

FIORENTINA, WHO took Serie A by storm early in the season but have slipped to third place behind Lazio, entertain second-placed Parma live on Channel 4 tomorrow in a game both sides need to win to keep their scudetto hopes alive.

Football: Parma keeper linked with United switch: RUMOURS

MANCHESTER UNITED have found the man they want to succeed Peter Schmeichel in the 21-year-old Italian Gianluigi Buffon, according to the People, who say United have offered pounds 4m for the Parma goalkeeper. But the report suggests that Milan are also in the hunt and Parma may hold out for pounds 5.5m. The same paper reckons former United target Mark Bosnich has put off Roma by asking for pounds 60,000 a week.

Football: Three sent off as Inter lose control

INTERNAZIONALE LOST 2-0 at home to Parma in an Italian Cup semi- final first-leg match last night, ending the tie with eight men after three players were sent off for dissent in the space of two minutes.

Italian Football: Milan ripe for taking

BOLOGNA MAY give visitors Milan a hard time in Channel 4's live Serie A game tomorrow. After Parma's 3-1 home defeat to Scudetto hopes Lazio last Sunday, Bologna have the best defence in Serie A, conceding just 13 goals in 17 games.

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European Football: Baggio miss proves costly

ROBERTO BAGGIO missed a second-half penalty yesterday as his Internazionale side stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Parma which left them eight points adrift at the top of the Italian League.

Football: The Sweeper: Where in the World?

BEST ATTACK in Europe. Manchester United, Roma? Wrong, it's Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyrpus. And the best defence - parsimonious Parma? Sorry, Parmalat boys, it's Hapoel Haifa of Israel.

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