Lazio beat Palermo 3-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Tommaso Rocchi scored twice and Lazio beat Palermo 3-0 to move into fourth place in the Serie A.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Tommaso Rocchi scored twice and Lazio beat Palermo 3-0 to move into fourth place in the Serie A. Rocchi scored first in the 45th minute by following up a save by Palermo goalkeeper Alberto Fontana, and added his second in the 77th from the penalty spot. Sebastiano Siviglia headed in Lazio's other goal in the 52nd. "We train to keep running," Lazio coach Delio Rossi said. "The midfielders work really hard and again this evening showed their stamina." Inter Milan leads Lazio has 30 points, nine fewer than third-place Palermo. Inter Milan leads with 54 points, followed by AS Roma with 43. Also on Saturday, Udinese beat Torino 3-2 to move into equal fifth place in the only other Serie A match. In the Serie B, Pavel Nedved scored a 90th-minute equaliser to give Juventus a 1-1 draw with Spezia that maintained its two-point lead atop Italy's second division. In Sicily, Andrea Caracciolo twice shot straight at Lazio's Angelo Peruzzi before beating the former Italy goalkeeper in the 14th - only to see the goal ruled offside. Rocchi then tested Fontana and pounced on the 'keeper's parry to put Lazio ahead. Siviglia scored off Cristian Ledesma's corner and Stephen Makinwa earned Lazio the penalty which Rocchi converted for his ninth goal of the season. "I'm sorry because it was an excellent first half on our part," Palermo coach Francesco Guidolin said. "But after the second goal, we did badly. We were a bit over confident, which was an error." Palermo has only taken eight points from its last six games, while it was Lazio's first win in four. At Torino's Stadio Olimpico, Christian Obodo put Udinese 1-0 up in the 18th from close range off a perfectly weighted pass from Paulo Barreto. He then set up strike partner Barreto in the 32nd. Gyan Asamoah scored Udinese's third goal in the 61st, although TV replays suggested that the midfielder was offside when he collected a cross from Sulley Muntari. Elvis Abbruscato led a late rally for Torino, scoring in the 77th and 90th. Torino's Gabriele Cioffi was sent off in the 85th for a second yellow card. Udinese has 29 points with Catania, which plays Atalanta on Sunday. Torino has 22 points. At Spezia's Alberto Picco stadium, Juventus looked to be heading for only its second league defeat of the season before Nedved struck with a shot from the edge of the area. "It was nice to score like that," the veteran midfielder said. "But (Spezia) perhaps deserved something more (from the game)."

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