Europe's Elite: Serie A – Gameweek Round-up 1
Hellas Verona 2-1 AC Milan
Newly promoted side Hellas Verona looked sharp on the counter and mindful, the complete opposite to what Milan looked for the duration of the game. Andrea Poli opened the scoring in what looked a straight forward win, but a brace from Luca Toni in each half sealed a win for Verona, but not in controversial style as a number of decisions went against Milan. Balotelli was brought down a handful of times, most notably denied in the last few minutes in what looked like a blatant penalty after a fall eyeing a lofted ball on goal, starting the Rossoneri’s season with a loss, much like last season.
Sampdoria 1-0 Juventus
The Bianconeri started their title defence with a narrow 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Carlos Tevez in his Serie A debut. With much end to end football expectedly played against a tough side to nail, the most notable chances fell to Andrea Pirlo and Kwadwo Asamoah, but only before Sampdoria’s battles to equalise were over when Paolo Castellini saw red late on.
Inter 2-0 Genoa
Internationale capped off a resounding win over Genoa at the weekend through the goals of Rodrigo Palacio and Yuto Nagatomo, to set their season alight under new coach Walter Mazzarri.
Cagliari 2-1 Atlanta
Cagliari came back from two goals down to claim all three points at ‘home’. A goal from a Guglielmo Stendardo gave Atlanta the lead, but almost instantly did Radja Nainggolan kick off his season with an equaliser before Matias Cabrera provided the venomous bite to round off a winning side for Cagliari.
Livorno 0-2 Roma
Old faces were on the scoresheet in a much added Roma squad that comes into the new season. Daniele De Rossi opened up with a rare strike, closely followed by Florenzi, giving new boss Rudi Garcia three points from his first three.
Lazio 2-1 Udinese
Hernanes and Antonio Candreva were the saviours in a game against the Bianconeri that was not short of chances. Louis Muriel’s spit kick in the end was nothing but consolation in a losing start for the zebra outfit.
Parma 0-0 Chievo
A goalless draw, much to blame for the lack of clinical finishing resulted in a recognisable 90 minutes for both goalkeepers and their efforts.
Torino 2-0 Sassuolo
A gambling home side’s efforts were paid off when Brighi and Cerci shattered a dream start for the opposition whom were playing their first ever top flight game.
Napoli 3-0 Bologna
A dominant side belonging to Rafa Benitez convincingly cruised to a 3-0 win, with a brace from Marek Hamsik and a goal from new signing Jose Callejon gave the team in bright blue a fairytale start.
Fiorentina 2-1 Catania
La Viola started off their campaign in a fortunately narrow victory over Catania, having had Pablo Barrientos get the away side into the game, but only before a Guiseppe Rossi strike to break the deadlock. A wonder strike from David Pizarro sealed a win for the purple outfit.
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