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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 11, 2007

Italian soccer thrown into disarray

ROME -- Italian soccer was thrown into disarray Sunday after a Lazio fan was shot to death by police at a highway rest stop. The death led to the postponement of two games and the suspension of another while across the league players and referees wore black armbands.

A police officer accidentally shot and killed a Lazio fan while trying to contain a clash with Juventus supporters in Tuscany, police said. The victim was identified as Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old disc jockey from Rome. He was traveling to Lazio's game at Serie A leader Inter Milan.

The Italian soccer federation postponed the Inter-Lazio game, which will be played at an undetermined date. Also postponed was the Sunday night game between AS Roma and Cagliari in the capital. The other games were ordered to start 10 minutes late.

Juventus rallied from two goals down on the road to tie Parma 2-2. Udinese beat Fiorentina 2-1 to hand the Viola its first loss of the season, and Livorno downed Siena 3-2.

The death prompted clashes between fans and police in Bergamo, where AC Milan was playing Atalanta. The game was suspended after seven minutes when Atalanta fans tried to break through a barrier and storm their way onto the field. It will be replayed at another time.

Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni tried to calm the fans but to no avail, and both teams headed into the locker room.

Fans at other stadiums took down their usual banners, and Torino fans entered the stadium late as a sign of mourning in a 1-1 tie with Catania. Parma fans displayed only one banner, which read: "Death is equal for everyone."

When Nicola Amoruso scored in Reggina's 2-0 win over Genoa, he did not celebrate.

England
LONDON -- Everton tied Chelsea 1-1 in the English Premier League on Sunday behind Tim Cahill's injury-time goal on a bicycle kick.

Cahill scored after Juliano Belletti failed to clear a shot by James McFadden. Didier Drogba had given Chelsea the lead with a header in the 70th minute.

Chelsea twice nearly scored in the 28th minute. Shaun Wright-Phillips's shot was saved by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who then leapt to block a shot from Frank Lampard.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winning goal moments after making a goal line clearance in Aston Villa's 2-1 victory over city rival Birmingham.

Agbonlahor cleared a header from Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell off the line in the 85th minute. Two minutes later, he headed in the deciding goal.

Villa took the lead in the 10th after Ridgewell scored an own-goal. Villa midfielder Stilian Petrov crossed the ball from the right side of the field and it hit the leg of Ridgewell and bounced into goal. Mikel Forssell headed in a cross from Daniel de Ridder to tie the score for Birmingham in the 62nd.

Netherlands
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley scored the only goal in SC Heerenveen's 1-0 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch league.

Heerenveen played the entire second half without striker Afonso Alves, who was ejected in the 45th minute for a foul on midfielder Remco van der Schaaf.

Ajax stayed in first place in the league by holding Feyenoord to a 2-2 draw.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst gave Feyenoord the lead in the 27th minute, but Dennis Rommedahl tied the score and Siem de Jong put Ajax in front. De Guzman then made it 2-2 when he scored off a rebound after Maarten Stekelenburg had saved Theo Lucius' penalty kick.

Undefeated Ajax leads the league with 25 points. Feyenoord, which trails on goal difference, also has 25 points, one more than PSV Eindhoven.

Jefferson Farfan scored in PSV's 1-1 tie against AZ Alkmaar. Ari scored for AZ.

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