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Roma, Chievo Tied for Lead in Italy

December 16, 2001

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Defending champion AS Roma tied surprising Chievo for first place in the Italian league with a 1-0 victory against AC Milan on Sunday.

Francesco Totti scored in the 43rd minute at home to stretch AS Roma’s unbeaten streak to 10 games.

AS Roma began the season with two ties and one loss. It now has 29 points in the Serie A standings after 14 weeks. Roma shares first with Chievo, which upset Internazionale 2-1 Saturday. Inter trailed AS Roma and Chievo by one point.

Totti scored his fifth goal of this season making up for the absence of injured Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta.

England

Liverpool lost 4-0 at Chelsea on Sunday as a potential six-point advantage stayed at three. Profiting most from the weekend games was defending champ Manchester United.

With Leeds held to a 2-2 tie at home by lowly Leicester on Sunday and second-place Arsenal held to a 1-1 tie by West Ham on Saturday, United is just six points back in fifth place after its 1-0 win at Middlesbrough. United was 11 points behind in ninth place just two weeks ago.

Spain

Real Madrid remains the league leader after Alaves and Deportivo de La Coruna wasted chances to move in front. Alaves lost 1-0 at home to Sevilla while Deportivo tied 1-1 at Malaga.

Germany

Bayer Leverkusen leads Borussia Dortmund by one point with defending champion Bayern Munich in fourth place six points off the pace. Stuttgart played to a 2-2 tie with Kaiserslautern, which is in third place and four points from the top.

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