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banner Monday, 2 October, 2000, 09:34 GMT 10:34 UK
Inter suffer shock defeat
Alvaro Recoba
Alvaro Recoba's goal was not enough for Inter
European football round-up

Inter Milan fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Reggina on the first Sunday of the Serie A campaign but rivals AC Milan and Roma both began with comfortable wins.

Inter took the lead in the 10th minute through Alvaro Recoba but Davide Possanzini equalised and Massimo Marazzina grabbed the winner with a powerful drive.

There were no problems for Roma who enjoyed a comfortable win at home to Bologna in a game which saw Argentine Gabriel Batistuta's debut for the Rome club.

Francesco Totti put Roma ahead with a header and then a 67th-minute own goal by Bologna defender Marcello Castellini secured the three points for Fabio Capello's side.

AC Milan made a confident start against newly-promoted Vicenza with German Oliver Bierhoff opening the scoring when he rose to head home a cross from Gennaro Gattuso.

Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko, last season's top scorer in Serie A, completed the win with a fine header from a deep Federico Giunti cross.

In the most tightly contested game of the opening round Parma and Fiorentina drew 2-2, a result which may ease the pressure on Fiorentina's Turkish coach Fatih Terim.

Parma took the lead through a powerful Marcio Amoroso header but Fiorentina fought back well with a goal from Alessandro Pierini and then Cristian Amoroso looked to have given them a winner with an 82nd-minute strike.

But Parma drew level with a last-minute penalty from Marcio Amoroso, after a foul by Fiorentina defender Tomas Repka, which saw the Czech dismissed.

Roberto Baggio's league debut for Brescia ended in a 4-2 defeat at Udinese in a game which took place in torrential rain and on a barely playable, waterlogged pitch.

Penalty miss

In France, Marcelinho missed a first half penalty as Marseille were held 1-1 at home by 10-man Lyon.

Sonny Anderson
Sonny Anderson scored penalty equaliser

Djamel Belmadi opened the scoring but Lyon equalised through a Sonny Anderson penalty.

The visitors had captain Florent Laville dismissd for arguing over a penalty awarded when Edmilson fouled striker Cyrille Pouget. Marcelinho hit his spot kick against a post.

Lyon ended a string of three consecutive defeats to move from 10th to seventh in the table on 14 points, five behind new leaders Bastia.

Bastia reclaimed top spot from Paris St Germain via a 1-0 home victory over Metz. PSG drew 1-1 at in-form En Avant Guingamp.

Nantes squandered their chance to clinch a first win in six league matches when they were held to a goalless draw by newly-promoted Lille.

Barca beaten

Reigning champions Deportivo La Coruna went top of the Spanish First Divison after a comprehensive 2-0 home victory over Barcelona.

Donato of Deportivo
Donato helped Deportivo to victory

After stalemate in the first half, a deflected free-kick from Donato broke the deadlock. Ten minutes later, a brilliant solo run and powerful shot from new signing Diego Tristan sealed victory for Deportivo.

Valencia completed an impressive 5-1 win over Las Palmas in their Mestalla stadium.

Juan Sanchez snapped up two of Valencia's goals. He also set up Zlatko Zahovic for his first league goal, a neat strike after a sharp turn in the area.

Norwegian striker John Carew headed home a Mendieta free-kick on 64 minutes and Vicente capped an impressive Valencia performance as he blasted in the fifth goal from the edge of the area.

Celta Vigo also have nine points but lost their unbeaten record in a 3-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano, who moved up to fourth place, one point behind.

Real Madrid are fifth after a 0-0 draw away to 10-man Racing Santander while torrential rain in Barcelona forced the referee to call off Espanyol's home match on Sunday against Real Sociedad at half-time with the visitors leading 2-1.

First victory

Werder Bremen recorded their first away victory of the German Bundesliga season thanks to a second-half strike against SC Freiburg by Brazilian striker Ailton.

Ailton scored Werder Bremen winner

Ailton's 54th-minute effort - which followed his recent Uefa Cup hat-trick against Antalyaspor - helped the north German side to a deserved 1-0 victory after they squandered a series of chances.

Wolfsburg drew 2-2 with VfB Stuttgart, with Jonathan Akpoborie and Dorinel Munteanu scoring for the home side after the team had conceded an early own goal when 'keeper Claus Reitmeier missed a backpass by Marcel Maltritz.

Krisztian Lisztes levelled the scoring for Stuttgart 15 minutes before time.

Sunday's games completed the seventh round of the Bundesliga season but had no impact on the top of the table, where Bayern Munich lead Schalke 04 even though both sides lost on Saturday.

Freiburg slipped three places to 11th, Wolfsburg and Bremen gained two places to 12th and 13th respectively and Stuttgart fell three to 14th.

Fight back

Feyenoord were two down in the first seven minutes at Graafschap Doetinchen but bounced back to win 3-2 and maintain their 100 per cent start in the Dutch league.

Feyenoord trail leaders Vitesse Arnhem, 2-1 home winners against Utrecht, by four points but have three games in hand.

Sandwiched in between are PSV Eindhoven and last season's Second Division champions NAC Breda.

PSV followed up their midweek Champions League win over Manchester United by beating lowly Groningen 1-0 away. NAC Breda did not play this weekend.

De Graafschap, who sent PSV to their only First Division defeat this season, hit Feyenoord with early goals from Rody Turpijn and Willem Hupkes. Both were the result of defensive errors.

Igor Korneev put Feyenoord back in business when he curled a free-kick into the right top corner in the 12th minute.

But Feyenoord had to wait until the 56th minute for the equaliser. Jon Dahl Tomasson was the scorer and he doubled his tally.

Yugoslav international Mateja Kezman finally cracked Groningen's defence from a Dennis Rommedahl cross.

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