ITALIAN SERIE A

Mario Rigamonti, Italy

Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto | Attendance: 9000

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Brescia 0-0 Modena

BRESCIA, April 10 (Serie A) - For once, Roberto Baggio's magic failed to inspire Brescia as their clash with Modena ended in a goalless draw that is of little use to either side.

Modena, who have undoubtedly become more resilient since Gianfranco Bellotto replaced Alberto Malesani as manager last month, are still in the bottom four, albeit a point closer to the sides above them.

The Emilia-Romagna club have 27 points, while Reggina and Lecce have 28, ensuring that the relegation battle is likely to go to the wire in the remaining five games.

It would take a major collapse to see Brescia sucked into trouble - they are five points clear of the bottom four, with five matches remaining - but Gianni De Biasi, who quit Modena to take over at the Stadio Rigamonti last summer, knew that a win over his old team would have proved extremely handy.

Baggio has been in terrific form in his last season as a professional, and he almost gave his team the lead in the 22nd minute.

The 37-year-old Italian legend latched onto Matuzalem's cross and sent a volley flashing towards the visitors' goal, but Adriano Zancope was equal to the task and made a good save.

Modena responded well, though, and should have gone in front six minutes later.

Massimo Scoponi got away down the right and crossed for Massimo Marazzina, but the much-travelled striker failed to make proper contact with his header and the ball was saved easily by Federico Agliardi.

Agliardi was in action again two minutes before the break, saving smartly at the feet of Nicola Amoruso, who scored the equaliser in Modena's 1-1 draw with Serie A leaders AC Milan last week. The loose ball fell to Scoponi, who failed to keep his cool and missed the target.

Both sides were suffering for their wasteful finishing, and this trend continued after half-time.

Paolo Castellini escaped down the left and sent over an enticing cross for Markus Schopp, but the Austrian midfielder was clearly suffering from the same malaise as every other player on the pitch and he nodded the ball into the arms of a grateful Zancope.

Schopp was culpable again on the hour mark. A fine pass from Baggio sent him clean through on goal, but again he failed to demonstrate the necessary sang-froid at the vital moment and drilled his effort straight at Zancope.

The profligacy continued as both teams missed another opportunity apiece to ensure the match ended goalless.

Amoruso played in Marazzina in the 67th minute but his diagonal effort could only find the side netting, while for Brescia Stefano Mauri headed too close to Zancope 10 minutes from time.