Fiorentina upsets AC Milan 3-1 in Serie A

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Luca Toni scored two goals Sunday, and Fiorentina ended AC Milan's eight-match winning streak in the Serie A with a 3-1 win.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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Luca Toni scored two goals Sunday, and Fiorentina ended AC Milan's eight-match winning streak in the Serie A with a 3-1 win. Milan slipped five points behind league leader Juventus and into a tie for second with Fiorentina, which barely escaped relegation last season. Juventus, which beat AS Roma 4-1 Saturday, has 33 points. Inter Milan needed second-half goals from Luis Figo and Esteban Cambiasso to defeat Parma 2-0 at San Siro and retain fourth place, 10 points behind Juve. Toni, who is expected to lead Italy at the next year's World Cup finals, scored the first goal in the 10th minute at Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence and added another in the 86th. "We did something great against Milan, it was another fantastic day," said Toni, who transferred to Fiorentina from Palermo in the off season. Denmark international Martin Jorgensen scored for Fiorentina in the opening minute of the second half, while Alberto Gilardino replied with Milan's only goal in the 24th. Toni scored both goals with precise headers, converting Milan's defensive lapses to improve his league-leading total to 15. Toni's second goal came minutes after the referee disallowed a diving header by Gilardino for a questionable foul. Milan's second loss of the season and the unimpressive performance of several key players could be trouble for coach Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Fenerbahce. "We were penalized by the referee decision because Gilardino's disallowed goal was regular and it meant 2-2," Ancelotti said. Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli praised Toni's exploits - nine goals in five matches - and credited him with Fiorentina's climb. "Certainly teammates help him, providing good assists. I insist that our goal is to avoid relegation. I'm serious about that," Prandelli said. At San Siro, Parma's defense quashed Inter's Adriano, Figo and Julio Ricardo Cruz for 68 minutes. Then Figo, who joined Inter from Real Madrid, scored his first Serie A goal with a curling diagonal shot and Cambiasso sealed the victory in the 81st with a lob into an open goal after Parma keeper Luca Bucci scrambled to recover from making a save on Adriano. It was Parma's sixth consecutive road loss and Inter's first win in its last four. Also Sunday, Livorno beat Empoli 2-0 in a Tuscan derby to lift itself to 21 points; Palermo rallied to 2-2 at Treviso after giving up both goals in the first five minutes; Lecce stunned Siena 3-0 to climb out of last last place past Cagliari, which lost 3-1 at Reggina; Sampdoria scored second-half goals two minutes apart to beat Lazio 2-0 and stay in the upper half of the standings; and Chievo Verona and Ascoli drew 1-1. Veteran Cristiano Liucarelli, last season's top Serie A striker, scored one of Livorno's goals to give him six this season. Brazilian Reginaldo beat Palermo defense twice in the opening minutes, but Treviso was unable to claim its second victory. Sampdoria got goals from veterans Francesco Flachi and Aimo Diana. Lecce ended a six-game scoring drought with goals by Mirko Vucinic, Cedric Konan and Giuseppe Cozzolino against Siena. Cagliari, which has changed coaches four times this season, remained the only winless team fell to last place. In Saturday's other game, Udinese beat visiting Messina 1-0 on a late goal from Brazilian defender Felipe. (AP)