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Ronaldinho goal gives Milan derby victory

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  • Ronadinho celebrates his first Milan start with only goal in a 1-0 win over Inter
  • Inter suffered first defeat of season and had defender Nicolas Burdisso sent off
  • Argentine Mauro Zarate scores twice as Lazio beat Torino 3-1 to lead Serie A
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MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Ronaldinho celebrated his first league start for Milan by scoring the only goal of the game to give the Rossoneri a 1-0 derby win over Inter and send the Serie A champions crashing to their first defeat of the season.

Ronaldinho celebrates scoring the only goal as Milan came out on top in the San Siro derby.

The Brazilian headed home a perfect 36th minute cross from compatriot Kaka to ruin Inter coach Jose Mourinho's first derby encounter.

Inter were later reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute when defender Nicolas Burdisso picked up his second yellow card for a tackle on Kaka.

"I was hoping to score a goal," Ronaldinho said. "This is for the fans who made me feel at home. Every day I feel more at home here at Milan.

"It's a very happy moment for me," he added. "I know that tomorrow is president Berlusconi's birthday and this goal is also for him."

Meanwhile, Argentine forward Mauro Zarate scored twice and set up another goal to help Lazio beat nine-man Torino 3-1 to overtake Inter at the top of the table.

Zarate drew three defenders towards him and passed to Goran Pandev for the opening goal in the 30th minute, then scored in the 63rd minute with a superb curling shot before adding a penalty six minutes from full time.

Goalkeeper Matteo Sereni was sent off for the foul on Cristian Brocchi that led to Zarate's penalty. Torino had already used all of their three substitutes, so striker Nicola Ventola took Sereni's jersey and stood between the posts without gloves as he watched Zarate's spot-kick fly past him.

Torino defender Francesco Pratali then picked up his second yellow card in the 88th minute and coach Gianni De Biasi was also sent off for protesting in added time -- although Torino did pull a late goal back with a penalty of their own.

Lazio hold a one-point lead over Napoli, who beat Bologna 1-0 with an 87th-minute header from Argentine German Denis.

Elsewhere, Fabio Quagliarella scored one and set up another goal as Udinese beat Siena 2-1, while Michele Paolucci found the net for Catania in a 1-0 win over Chievo.

Struglling Roma beat Atalanta 2-0 for only their second win of the season, with goals from Christian Panucci and Mirko Vucinic.

Fabrizio Miccoli scored his fourth goal of the season as Palermo beat Reggina 1-0, and Lecce had goals from Guillermo Giacomazzi and Jose Castillo to thank for their 2-0 win over bottom-of-the table Cagliari.

Lazio lead the table with 12 points, a point clear of in-form Napoli. Inter, Udinese and Catania are tied with 10 each while Milan and Juventus are in a four-way tie with nine points apiece.

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