Serie A: Beckham stars for Milan, Inter held
AC Milan moved into second place in Serie A on Sunday on the back of a David Beckham-inspired 3-0 victory at Lazio.
Beckham, on a short-term loan deal from the Los Angeles Galaxy, set up both Alexandre Pato and Massimo Ambrosini to score either side of half-time before Kaka added a third seven minutes from time.
The result sees the Rossoneri leapfrog above Juventus and they are now only six points behind city rivals Inter Milan, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Torino.
Rolando Bianchi put the visitors ahead after 47 minutes but Nicolas Burdisso spared the hosts' blushes with the leveller 10 minutes later.
Genoa left it late to beat Palermo 1-0, Domenico Criscito with a goal in the 88th minute. The win leaves Genoa three points clear in fourth place after Roma were held to a 2-2 draw at rock-bottom Reggina.
The Giallorossi overcame the setback of falling behind to a Bernardo Corradi penalty to take the lead thanks to two David Pizarro strikes. But Francesco Cozza had the final say with the leveller with 10 minutes to play.
Elsewhere, Chievo and Sampdoria drew 1-1, Lecce secured a 2-1 victory at Siena, and Tiberio Guarente scored the only goal of the game as Atalanta beat Catania 1-0.
Fiorentina's clash at Bologna was postponed due to snow and a midday pitch inspection will determine if the game can be played tomorrow.
AC Milan have confirmed David Beckham has been included on their updated UEFA Cup player list.
The England midfielder has been in impressive form since joining the Italian club last month and it has been widely reported he will stay beyond March 9, when he is due back at parent club the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said after tonight's 3-0 defeat of Lazio: "We have included Beckham in the UEFA Cup list because he is doing very well.
"We want to take advantage of his form for the two games against Werder Bremen (on February 18 and 26)."
The win in Rome saw Milan leapfrog Juventus into second place in Serie A, and narrow the gap on leaders Inter Milan to six points.
"It's a good moment for us," said Ancelotti. "We are showing more confidence. We showed no fear and we look to the future with optimism.
"However, we are still behind Inter and although we still believe we can win the Scudetto, Inter still have the upper hand."
Ancelotti was not completely satisfied despite the resounding win.
"We didn't make the most of our chances," he added. "But I think today my strikers did well."