Week 3 Serie A action round-up – Juventus conquer the Olimpico

The big game of the weekend was at the Stadio Olimpico and featured Lazio taking on Juventus. The Bianconeri have been in unstoppable form so far and this continued as Lazio went down by two goals to nil. It could have been very different though, as Lazio had a goal ruled out for a very questionable push in the box. Martin Caceres and David Trezeguet went on to score for Juventus and maintain their one hundred percent record. Then on Sunday it was Inter’s turn as, at the Giuseppe Meazza, the champions kept the league leaders within sight after beating a brave Parma side. Parma had kept Inter at bay up to half time but the Nerazzurri continued to press in the second half. It did however, take a wonder strike from Samuel Eto’o to break the deadlock and, not to be out done, the other Inter new boy Diego Milito managed to get himself on the score sheet to make it 2-0.

The game at the Stadio Armando Picchi saw a lacklustre Milan side draw a blank against Livorno further compounding Leonardo’s woes. A powerful effort from Daniele Mannini was enough to see ten man Sampdoria grab all three points against Atalanta in Bergamo, meaning they are one of the three teams with all nine points. Genoa are another team who have collected all nine points so far, as they beat Napoli in an epic match that included two penalties, three red cards and a total of five goals. The final score was 4-1 in Genoas favour, although at the break it was level at one goal a piece. Second half goals from Giandomenico Mesto, Hernan Crespo and Houssine Kharja though sent Genoa to the top of Serie A on goal difference and Napoli home with a bloody nose.

Bologna were beaten 2-0 by Chievo at the Stadio Dall’Ara. Goals from Giampiero Pinzi and Sergio Pellissier finished off a miserable day for the Rossoblu. Fiorentina also managed to secure a deserved win at home to Cagliari, with Alberto Gilardino’s commanding header the only goal of the game. Self proclaimed “title contenders” Palermo were fortunate to grab a point at home to new boys Bari, as the visitors were close to gaining their first win of the campaign before Igor Budan spoiled the party with his first Palermo goal.

New Roma Coach Claudio Ranieri took his side to the Stadio Artemio Franchi, where he would try and stop the rot against Siena. Things could not have started worse as Massimo Maccarone scored a memorable goal to take the home side into the lead. The lead stood until 72 minutes when Phillipe Mexes slammed home an equaliser for the Giallorossi. This goal gave Roma belief, as was evident in their change of tempo, and this was added to by Siena going down to 10 men. The last minute of the game saw John Arne Riise became Roma’s hero as his left foot free kick smashed through the Siena wall and gave Claudio Ranieri a winning start. Six goals, three of which came from Antonio Di Natale saw Udinese beat Catania by four goals to two despite initially going 2-1 down. This was Antonio Di Natale’s moment as he turned the game on its head by scoring three times and taking his season total to six in only three games and in turn sending Catania to the bottom of Serie A.

Saturday September 12

Lazio 0 – 2 Juventus

Livorno 0 – 0 Milan

Sunday September 13

Atalanta 0 – 1 Sampdoria

Bologna 0 – 2 Chievo

Fiorentina 1 – 0 Cagliari

Genoa 4 – 1 Napoli

Inter 2 – 0 Parma

Palermo 1 – 1 Bari

Siena 1 – 2 Roma

Udinese 4 – 2 Catania

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