Category Archives: Italian Serie A

Juventus held to draw as Napoli rises to top Serie A

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Defending Serie A winners Juventus squandered a two-goal cushion after scoring twice within the first half an hour of the game, ended up drawing 2-2 to Atalanta in a hotly contested match full of VAR controversy.

Juventus grabbed their opening goal when Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha could only parry a long-range effort from Blaise Matuidi right onto the path of an oncoming Federico Bernardeschi, while Gonzalo Higuain doubled Juve’s lead by scoring three minutes later with a smart finish from a tight angle.

However, Atalanta played with determination to get back into the game, and managed to grab their first by pouncing on a rare Gianluigi Buffon error — a spilled dipping free-kick from outside the box that Mattia Caldara scored from close range. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Bryan Cristante later equalized with a perfectly timed run to direct his powerful header into the corner of the goal, and Paulo Dybala saw his last-gasp penalty saved by Berisha.

The result meant that Juve would miss their chance to equalize on points against Napoli, who became the first team in Serie A history to win their opening seven games while scoring 25 goals as they beat Cagliari.

Marek Hamsik put them ahead from six yards out to score his 114th goal for Napoli — just one behind Diego Maradona’s club record of 115 — before Dries Mertens doubled Napoli’s lead with a penalty and Kalidou Koulibaly scored a third from a tight angle.

While Roma won a record 10 successive games at the start of 2013-14 but scored only 20 goals in their first seven. They finished the season 17 points behind champions Juventus.

AC Milan’s Serie A struggles continues with defeat to Sampdoria

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AC Milan continues to struggle in their new Serie A campaign after a weekend which saw them lose by 2-0 to Sampdoria, condemning them to their second defeat of the season.

Sampdoria started on the front foot, and were initially awarded an early penalty after two minutes when a cross from Ivan Strinic hit the arm of Franck Kessie.

However, the referee then changed his decision after reviewing the incident on video, as Franck Kessie’s arm was against his back when it was hit by Ivan Strinic’s cross.

Although Samp also had a host of chances, they only opened their account through striker Duvan Zapata.

Zapata, who was up against his cousin Cristian Zapata, exploited a mistake when the Milan defender mistakenly headed an attempted clearance towards him and scored from six yards, breaking the deadlock in the 73rd minute, while his teammate substitute Ricardo Alvarez wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal in stoppage time.

Milan — who spent £175m this summer — would slip to six in the table. While they remain one point above Sampdoria, they are six points behind leaders Napoli and Juventus.

Ahead of Milan were also their city rivals Internazionale, who stay two points behind the top two after a narrow 1-0 victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.

Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of saves to keep Inter in the game until a late goal finally helped the Nerazzurri secure a 1-0 win over Genoa, which ended the match with nine men. Both dismissed players were sent off in injury time.

Napoli, Juventus and Internazionale stay on 100% form in Serie A

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Napoli, defending champions Juventus and Internazionale has kept their 100% form in Serie A running.

Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick to add glitter to his 100th appearance for Juventus, taking his tally to eight goals in four games to defeat Sassuolo by 3-1 and mustering a terrific response to Juve’s midweek Champions League defeat to FC Barcelona.

The Argentinian international opened the scoring with a brilliant first-time shot curled into the net from 25 yards and another fine effort, this one poked home from just inside the box, before Matteo Politano pulled one back for Sassuolo.

However, it was not to be Sassuolo’s day as Dybala soon completed his treble, his second of the season in Serie A, with a free-kick shortly after the hour mark.

Napoli also bounced back from midweek disappointment in Europe as Benevento, still yet to pick up a point in their maiden Serie A campaign, were thrashed 6-1.

Maurizio Sarri’s team looked in the mood as they went 4-0 up inside 32 minutes through Allan, Lorenzo Insigne, Mertens and Jose Callejon. Dries Mertens then converted two second-half penalties, the second of which came in the final minute, to ensure Dybala was not the only hat trick scorer on Sunday and maintain Napoli’s spot on top of Serie A.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan were also able to keep up their perfect start to the season thanks to a 2-0 win against lowly Crotone.

However, while they found most of their previous three games easy, they had to fight till the end until Milan Skriniar broke the deadlock eight minutes from time and Ivan Perisic sealed the result in stoppage time.

Crotone, the only team yet to score a goal in Serie A this campaign, also threatened Inter on their end with keeper Samir Handanovic having forced into pulling off two fine second-half saves to deny Aleksandar Tonev and Marcus Rohden.

Ciro Immobile hits hat-trick for Lazio for easy win over AC Milan

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Ciro Immobile scored an impressive hat-trick as Lazio thrashed big-spending AC Milan by 4-1 in Serie A.

Italy international Immobile opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before volleying in a superb effort for his second past Gianluigi Donnarumma before half time and completed his triple by converting from close range just three minutes after.

Luis Alberto scuffed home a fourth and Riccardo Montolivo slotted in a consolation for Milan, although Lazio — who lost Marco Parolo to a stoppage-time red card — never looked like relinquishing their vice grip on the full three points.

The win meant that Simone Inzaghi’s men remain unbeaten this season, although result raises questions for AC Milan who, after a takeover by Chinese Investors had spent more than €200 million ahead of the campaign.

A tactical overhaul from Milan boss Vincenzo Montella did allow Riccardo Montolivo to pull his team goal back from distance before the hour, but not even the late dismissal of Parolo could help them save face.

Lazio, on the other hand, looked comfortable and never out of grips in a performance that underlined their ability to challenge the top of the table this season.

Before the game started, there was a delay by an hour after flash floods in Rome, with roads were inundated following heavy rainfall in the city and Metro lines in the Italian capital closed down.

The Stadio Olimpico pitch itself was not an issue as the surface had been covered by sheets on Saturday which prevented any waterlogging, but there were large banks of empty seats inside the stadium as supporters struggled to get to the game as a result of the floods.