The Serie A season got under way on Saturday with a four-goal thriller as Lazio were held to a 2-2 home draw by Torino and David Trezeguet scored a hat-trick as Juventus trumpeted their return to top flight in style with a 5-1 humbling of Livorno.
LAZIO 2-2 TORINO
Ahead of Wednesday's second leg Champions League third qualifying round match against Dinamo Bucharest, which lies poised delicately at 1-1, Lazio were hoping for three points from their opening Serie A fixture at the Stadio Olimpico. However, like Dinamo before them, Torino earned a draw in Rome after Italian Under-21 international Alberto Rosina gave the visitors the lead on 34 minutes with a stunning lob.
Goran Pandev equalised for the hosts ten minutes into the second half and Tommaso Rocchi then put the Biancocelesti ahead five minutes later only for Tommaso Vailatti to level for the Turin side, who had Gianluca Comotto dismissed for a second bookable offence five minutes from time.
JUVENTUS 5-1 LIVORNO
Juventus were worthy of the lead given to them by Trezeguet in the evening match, when he rose unmarked to head in Alessandro Del Piero's corner kick on 29 minutes and, although Del Piero was replaced on the hour by Vincenzo Iaquinta, the substitute played a major part in the victory.
The debutant converted a 69th-minute penalty after being hauled down by Alessandro Grandoni and was on target again five minutes from time, although a touch fortunate to deflect Pavel Nedved's shot past Marco Amelia. Trezeguet then scored two minutes later after a fine pass from Iaquinta and the France striker completed his hat-trick from close range when Antonio Nocerino found him in space.
Livorno's consolation was a late effort from distance by Massimo Loviso.
SERIE A REVIEW:
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