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Crespo strikes again as Milan win

Argentine striker Hernan Crespo continued his return to form by grabbing the winner in AC Milan's 1-0 win at Chievo Verona on Sunday.

Crespo's 50th-minute goal allowed second-placed Milan to move, at least temporarily, three points behind leaders Juventus who are away to Inter Milan later on Sunday.

The striker, on loan from English leaders Chelsea, had not scored until last week's Italian Cup win at Palermo but now has four goals in three games after his Champions League double against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Champions Milan also had their Brazilian goalkeeper Dida to thank after he produced a spectacular save in the 58th minute.

Juve have 31 points, Milan are on 28 and Udinese, who won 2-1 at Livorno on Saturday, are in third place on 22 points.

Cagliari moved up to fourth after a 3-2 win at Lazio with former Italy forward Gianfranco Zola on target for the Sardinians.

Chievo caused Milan plenty of problems, especially in the first half when Simone Tiribocchi and Roberto Baronio both hit the post.

Milan also created plenty, with Crespo and then Clarence Seedorf both going close, but it took a stroke of luck for them to break through five minutes after the break.

Kaka burst forward from midfield and the ball ricocheted straight into the path of Crespo who fired home with a first time shot.

Eight minutes later Dida produced a remarkable acrobatic save to tip over a deflected free-kick from Baronio.

'It was really, really hard work for us,' said Crespo, 'Chievo were excellent and created a lot.

'I'm pleased for myself of course because everything seems to be going well for me now and I hope it will continue like this,' added the Argentine.

Lazio coach Domenico Caso is under pressure after his side slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Cagliari.

Goran Pandev put Lazio ahead in the seventh minute but the impressive Antonio Langella brought the visitors level before the break.

Lazio had goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi sent off for a 'professional foul' in the 57th minute and Cagliari took full advantage with goals from Mauro Esposito and Zola making it 3-1.

Massimo Oddo pulled a goal back from the penalty spot 10 minutes from the end but the defeat leaves Lazio down in 13th place.

Palermo climb up to fifth with a 2-0 win at Brescia while sixth placed Messina were held 1-1 at home by Fiorentina.

Parma remain trapped in the relegation zone after they fell 1-0 at Sampdoria - an injury time penalty from Francesco Flachi giving the Genoa side victory.