Euro roundup: AC Milan improves to 3-0

September 20, 2006

ROME -- AC Milan erased the remainder of its penalty from the Italian match-fixing scandal, beating visiting Ascoli 1-0 Wednesday night on Marek Jankulovski's goal in the 68th minute.

AC Milan (3-0) started the season with minus-eight points and now has one, moving from 17th place in the Serie A standings to 12th.

Palermo (3-0), which leads the league with nine points, beat visiting Catania 5-3 and is two points ahead of Messina (2-0-1), a 2-0 winner over Reggina on two goals by Christian Rigano.

Internazionale of Milan (2-0-1), among the title favorites, won 1-0 at AS Roma (2-1) on Hernan Crespo's 44th-minute goal. AS Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni stopped a penalty kick by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 55th minute.

Fiorentina (1-2) improved to minus-16 points with a 1-0 victory over visiting Parma. Adrian Mutu scored in the 17th minute off a cross from Luca Toni, who was ejected in stoppage time for elbowing an opponent.

England
LONDON -- Dirk Kuyt scored a first-half goal and Xabi Alonso added one late in the second half in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over visiting Newcastle.

Liverpool (2-2-1) has seven points in five games, just ahead of Newcastle (2-3). Portsmouth (4-0-1) leads the Premier League with 13 points.

Three Premier League teams were knocked out in the second round of the League Cup: Chesterfield beat Manchester City 2-1, Wycombe eliminated Fulham 2-1 and Notts County defeated Middlesbrough 1-0. In another second-round game, Aston Villa defeated Scunthorpe 2-1.


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