A brace from Fabrizio Miccoli on coach Davide Ballardini's debut gave Palermo a shock 3-1 win against Roma in Sicily, while ten-man Inter came from behind to beat Catania 2-1 and earn their first victory under Jose Mourinho.
PALERMO 3-1 ROMA
Two goals from Fabrizio Miccoli and another courtesy of Edison Cavani allowed Palermo to come from behind to beat last year's runners-up Roma. The Giallorossi dominated early on and went ahead through new signing Julio Baptista after eight minutes. With new coach Davide Ballardini beginning his reign in the dugout, Palermo reacted well and started pushing Roma back into their own half, before Miccoli hit a 20th-minute equaliser with a thunderous right-footed effort from just outside the box. He was on target in the second half as well, and then Cavani wrapped up the result on the counterattack. Roma's woes were compounded by an injury to Daniele De Rossi, who left the game at half-time with a neck problem.
INTER 2-1 CATANIA
A testing night for Inter began when a Gianvito Plasmati header gave Walter Zenga's men the lead after 42 minutes, but the Serie A champions were able to respond a minute later as new signing Ricardo Quaresma's right-wing cross finished in the net via a deflection off Catania striker Giuseppe Mascara. If that settled nerves among the hosts, they were set reeling again when Sulley Ali Muntari was sent off just before the interval for a push on Giacomo Tedesco's face, but they made light of their loss to take the lead shortly after the restart. Just three minutes into the second period, Maicon sent in a long throw which Catania defender Christian Terlizzi headed past his own goalkeeper.
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