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Ronaldinho salvages point for Milan
Late equaliser saves struggling AC Milan as Juve lose to Palermo in Serie A.
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2009 21:24 GMT

Ronaldinho's late goal might have saved Leonardo's career - for now [GALLO/GETTY]
AC Milan coach Leonardo will be hoping that his team's last-gasp draw at Atalanta will be enough to help him cling to his job ahead of the upcoming two-week international break.

Substitute Ronaldinho found the back of the net with six minutes to go to snatch a 1-1 draw for the Serie A strugglers against 10-man Atalanta on Sunday.

The Brazilian came on at half-time in Bergamo, chested down Alessandro Nesta's ball and tapped it in at the near post to score Milan's first goal in four games in all competitions.

Nervy performance

Leonardo was given a vote of confidence by chief executive Adriano Galliani earlier in the week, despite a 1-0 defeat at home to FC Zurich in the Champions League.

His side showed the same nerves against joint-bottom Atalanta, who took the lead midway through the first half when Simone Tiribocchi swept the ball home inside the box.

The hosts then had Ivan Radovanovic harshly sent off on 39 minutes for two bookings but Milan still laboured to find a goal.

Striker Alexandre Pato missed a glorious chance and later hit the bar before the inconsistent Ronaldinho netted.

The goal meant Leonardo could afford a sigh of relief but Napoli boss Roberto Donadoni is under increased pressure after a 2-1 defeat at injury-hit AS Roma.

Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring for Napoli on 26 minutes after Roma had already made two substitutions including goalkeeper Julio Sergio.

Lucky strike

Results & fixtures

Saturday October 3

 Bari 0-0 Catania
 Inter Milan 2-1 Udinese

Sunday October 4

 Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan
 Bologna 1-3 Genoa
 Cagliari 1-2 Chievo
 Fiorentina 0-0 Lazio
 Palermo 2-0 Juventus
 Roma 2-1 Napoli
 Sampdoria 1-1 Parma
 Siena 0-0 Livorno

Francesco Totti hit back with one lucky strike and one expert finish before being injured himself but having to stay on the pitch with Roma having used their three changes.

Sampdoria drew 1-1 at home with promoted Parma to move joint top with leaders and champions Inter Milan, who beat Udinese 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Wesley Sneijder's injury-time strike.

Samp went in front through Giampaolo Pazzini's excellent header in the 23rd minute but Daniele Galloppa equalised with a well-worked goal on the half hour.

Juventus lost their first Italian game of the season when a pumped-up Palermo sealed a comfortable 2-0 home win.

Strong start

Palermo coach Walter Zenga was under pressure before kick-off but the Sicilians were rewarded for a good start when a mistake by Felipe Melo led to Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scoring at the near post with a fierce effort.

Third-placed Juve's hopes of going top were effectively ended when Brazilian Fabio Simplicio slipped through the offside trap and turned in a free kick three minutes before halftime.

Genoa are fifth after ruining Bologna's 100th anniversary party with a 3-1 away victory.

In-form Chievo won 2-1 at Cagliari and bottom side Livorno drew 0-0 at Siena.

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