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Beckham scores but Milan held

DAVID Beckham scored from a free kick with England coach Fabio Capello looking on but Diego Milito equalized three minutes from the end and AC Milan settled for a 1-1 draw with Genoa on Wednesday.

A victory would have put Milan into a tie for second in the Serie A standings with Juventus, which lost 2-1 to Udinese on goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale.

League leader Inter Milan won a drama-filled match 2-0 in Catania with 10 men.

Midfielder Dejan Stankovic put Inter ahead five minutes in, heading in a cross from Julio Ricardo Cruz, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 in the 71st, shooting into an empty net after Catania goalkeeper Benjamin Bizzarri misjudged his attempt to intercept a pass from Stankovic.

Inter leads with 49 points, Juventus was next with 43, Milan 41 and Genoa 37.

Also, Francesco Totti returned from injury and scored in AS Roma's 2-1 win over Palermo, and Fiorentina took advantage of Napoli's fourth-string goalkeeper in a 2-1 victory.

Beckham's second goal in two games arrived in the 33rd minute at San Siro, a trademark curling shot from the left of Genoa's area inside the near post.

Beckham is hoping to be called up by Capello for a friendly against Spain on February 11 and equal Bobby Moore's record of 108 England caps for an outfield player.

Apparently bothered by a muscle problem, Beckham was replaced by Mathieu Flamini in the 71st.

Also on Wednesday, it was: Atalanta 0, Bologna 1; Cagliari 1, Siena 0; Chievo Verona 1, Lecce 1; Sampdoria 3, Lazio 1; and Torino 0, Reggina 0.


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