Serie A Round Up: Matchday 3
Three games into the Italian domestic season and things have started to fit together. New signings, new managers and surprise...
Three games into the Italian domestic season and things have started to fit together. New signings, new managers and surprise results were seen in the opening two games and it didn’t change this weekend. Only two clubs can boast an 100% record after this weekend.
In the first big clash of the season, Inter Milan and Juventus drew 1-1 at the San Siro. Icardi put the home side ahead after 73 minutes but just two minutes later Vidal grabbed the equaliser and that was the way it stayed, leaving both sides with 7 points.
Napoli continued their 100% record, and topped the table, after their 2-0 victory at home to Atalanta. In took the hosts until the second half to take the lead when Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring, with Callejon sealing the victory 10 minutes later.
Torino hosted AC Milan, who have had a sketchy start to their season, and the result finished 2-2. Torino went into a shock 2-0 lead after half-time as D’Ambrosio and Cerci scored for the hosts. However, the visitors rallied together and scored in the 87th minute via Muntari. Balotelli, who never misses a penalty, scored from the spot in added time to share the points and save Milan’s blushes.
On Sunday, Fiorentina were held to a 1-1 draw against Cagliari after Pinilla cancelled out Valero’s opener. Lazio beat Chievo 3-0 after a superb first-half display which saw Candreva, Cavanda and Lulic find the net.
Paulinho’s brace gave Livorno and 2-0 victory against Catania, while Udinese were saved from defeat against Bologna by Di Natale, with his goal 5 minutes from time cancelling out Diamanti’s opener.
Verona beat Sassuolo 2-0 as Martinho opened the scoring after 12 minutes, with Romulo securing the victory with his goal in second-half added time. While in the other match on Sunday, Genoa secured a 3-0 victory in Sampdoria with Antonini, Calaio and Lodi finding the net.
Monday evening saw Roma continue their 100% start in the league with a 3-1 win away to Parma. Biabiany gave the hosts the lead but Florenzi, Totti and a Strootman goal from the penalty spot secured the points for the away side.