Livorno coach sacked after 5-1 thrashing

Club president Aldo Spinelli was scathing of the team after the match, saying: “I am ashamed of this team and it’s impossible to concede 10 goals in three matches. I have no choice but to sack the coach.”

On the pitch, the Bergamaschi ran riot in their first game of 2007.

Cristiano Doni had a first-half brace and, although Marc Pfertzel got one back for the visitors early in the second half despite the 48th-minute dismissal of Carmine Coppola, it would have little effect on the outcome.

Massimo Donati added a third before Luca Ariatti and Nicola Ventola completed the rout.

Elsewhere, Francesco Cozza struck four minutes from time to rescue a 1-1 draw for Siena at Lazio.

Tommaso Rocchi’s goal just after the hour mark looked to have given Delio Rossi’s team all three points until Cozza’s late intervention.

The draw sees the Eternal City club climb one place in the Serie A table to fourth, but they lose ground on third-placed Palermo, who triumphed, 2-0, over Udinese earlier on Sunday to further strengthen their case for a place in next year’s Champions League.

Andrea Carraciolo opened the scoring in the first half for the Sicilians against a team that also has a declared aim of getting into Europe’s premier competition. The victory was secured in the second half by a goal from Palermo’s World Cup-winning defender Cristian Zaccardo.

Roma’s title ambitions were jolted late in the game on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Messina.

Alessandro Parisi’s injury-time spot-kick stunned the Romans, who had led since the 38th minute thanks to a goal from Amantino Mancini. Messina striker Arturo Di Napoli was clearly brought down inside the area by Cristian Chivu.

The hosts were forced to play the last two minutes of extra time without hero Parisi after he was sent off for a second bookable offense.

AC Milan clinched their third win in a row after beating strugglers Reggina, 3-1, to kick off 2007 on the right foot.

A sixth-minute free kick from former Reggina midfielder Andrea Pirlo put Milan in front before Clarence Seedorf doubled his team’s advantage 10 minutes before the break.

Reggina forward Rolando Bianchi reopened the contest with an impressive 66th-minute strike before Alberto Gilardino made sure of the points.

Chievo came from a goal down to beat Catania, 2-1, and edge themselves further away from the Serie A relegation zone.

Lorenzo Stovini opened the scoring six minutes before the break, but Franco Semioli’s equalizer after 57 minutes and Sergio Pellissier’s penalty six minutes later gave the Verona club a much-needed three points.

David Suazo’s first-half penalty proved decisive as Cagliari clinched their third Serie A victory of the season in the basement battle with plucky Ascoli.

The Honduran forward slotted home his fifth goal of the campaign in the 16th minute as Franco Colomba’s side put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three.

Fiorentina failed to score for the first time in 15 games and had to settle for their first 0-0 draw of the season against Sampdoria in Genoa.