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Deposed Milan 'bitter' with draw

A last-gasp equaliser by the Lecce forward Andrea Esposito costs AC Milan their place at the top of Serie A.

AC Milan have not lost in 13 games but they will have a "bitter" taste heading into training this week after being knocked off the top of the table following a draw at Lecce. Ronaldinho provided further evidence that he is returning to top form after his summer move from Barcelona with a goal in the 80th minute at Lecce but the home side spoiled things for the Rossoneri with a stoppage-time strike from Andrea Esposito.

Not only did Carlo Ancelotti's men drop two points, but their city rivals Inter leapfrogged over them into first place after their 1-0 victory against Udinese on Sunday. "We are bitter with the result," Ancelotti said. "We expected a victory but there was little we could do. "The glass is half full. We should have won but we take home just a point." The Inter coach Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has warned his team they cannot keep riding their luck if they want to keep their place at the top of the standings. Julio Cruz's goal in stoppage time handed Inter victory.

"I am not satisfied with my team's play in attack," Mourinho said. "In the last minute you can win or lose and in our last three encounters, we have won twice and drawn once. "But it could be that in the future it will be our rivals who score in the last minute." The Juventus coach, however, has no such worries. Claudio Ranieri is pleased with Alessandro del Piero's goalscoring run and hopes he keeps going.

Del Piero, who turned 34 on Sunday, celebrated by scoring his team's opener in the 2-0 win against Chievo, which lifted them to sixth in the standings. "Alex is magical right now," Ranieri said. "My team is willing to fight but then there's the soul of the champion that comes out, that of Del Piero." The Reggina president Pasquale Foti has given the coach Nevio Orlandi a vote of confidence after the 4-0 defeat a Genoa.

Andrea Costa's dismissal before the interval proved the turning point as Reggina gave away four goals in the second half with striker Diego Milito grabbing a hat-trick. * PA Sport