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banner Sunday, 18 February, 2001, 20:57 GMT
Sunday's European football round-up
Diego Siemone with Hernan Crepso and Marcelo Salas
Diego Siemone celebrates his winning goal for Lazio
Italy

All of Serie A's top three teams kept their Scudetto hopes alive with victories on Sunday.

League leaders Roma stayed six points clear of second-placed Juventus with victory over Lecce thanks to a 69th minute winner from Argentine defender Walter Samuel.

But Juventus kept the pressure on the league leaders, the decisive goal coming in the 81st minute from Alessandro del Piero.

Defending champions and third-placed Lazio left it even later, with just two minutes remaining, when Diego Simeone scored against the run of play against Perugia.

Elsewhere, Atalanta and Vicenza carved out a 1-1 draw when Vincenzo Sommese's second-half goal cancelled out Nicola Ventola's opener.

Fiorentina scored the first goal of the afternoon when Enrico Chiesa beat Massimo Taibi in the Reggina goal.

But Andrea Zanchetta equalised for the team from Reggio Calabria to earn a 1-1 draw.

Parma registered a 3-0 win, albeit a flattering scoreline, against Brescia thanks to goals from Patrick Mboma, Sergio Conceicao and Brazilian defender Junior.

Italian results

Spain

Surprise La Liga package Villarreal survived a late fightback from Valladoloid to clinch a 2-1 victory to move within two points of the Champions League places and Catalan giants Barcelona who lost at home on Saturday.

They registered their fourth successive league win thanks to a penalty from Victor and the eventual winner from Jaime Ramos.

Spanish results

Germany

Four-times Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart suffered a major blow in their battle against relegation, losing 1-0 at home to Hertha Berlin.

Hertha Berlin's Michael Preetz
Michael Preetz: Headed the winner for Hertha Berlin
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute when former German international striker Michael Preetz headed home, leaving Hertha five points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

An early goal from Czech striker Vratislav Lokvenc gave Kaiserslautern the three points against Cologne.

The result leaves Kaiserslautern one point behind Hertha, while Cologne, experiencing a slump after a strong run, are down in 10th.

German results

France

A goal from Marama Vahirua gave Nantes a 1-0 victory over bottom club Strasbourg at home, lifting them level on points with league leaders Lille.

The result leaves Strasbourg in serious trouble, six points adrift from safety at the foot of the table.

French results

Holland

Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven regained top-spot with a 2-1 away victory over NAC Breda with two second-half goals.

Captain Mark van Bommel scored both goals, the first in the 56th minute and the second
PSV captain Mark van Bommel
Mark van Bommel scored two goals for PSV
seven minutes later.

Ajax kept their championship hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over bottom club Fortuna Sittard.

Struggling Sparta Rotterdam managed to draw 2-2 with RKC Waalwijk to give new coach Willem van Hanegem a point in his first game in charge.

Dutch results

Belgium

A hat-trick from Czech striker Jan Koller earned Anderlecht a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Harelbeke, extending their lead at the top-of-the-table to seven points.

Anderlecht's other goal came from substitute Souleywane Youla in the 84th minute.

Second-placed Club Brugge salvaged a point at home in their 2-2 draw with mid-table Germinal Beerschot, with Tim Smolders scoring the equaliser in the 62nd minute.

Belgian results

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