The new Serie A season kicked off on Saturday, with AC Milan tasting opening day success at Siena thanks to an Alexandre Pato brace but Fiorentina were held to a 1-1 draw away to Bologna.
Siena 1-2 Milan
AC Milan will be expected to mount a serious challenge to the Serie A title this season, and they kicked off their campaign in positive fashion. The Rossoneri overcame Siena 2-1 on the road, with Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato the star of the show. The Samba starlet opened the scoring on 29 minutes, latching on to a Ronaldinho through-ball before firing home. Abdel Kader Ghezzal did level matters on 34 minutes, but Pato ensured Milan and new coach Leonardo claimed maximum points when he grabbed his second of the night three minutes into the second half.
Bologna 1-1 Fiorentina
Bologna and Fiorentina had the honour of getting the new Serie A season under way and they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. The hosts took the lead on 24 minutes when former Viola striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo towered above a statuesque defence to nod the opener. Struggling to create chances the Viola, who host Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg with the tie poised at 2-2 on Wednesday, then turned to Romanian talisman Adrian Mutu, and he duly produced a 64th-minute equaliser after less than 20 minutes on the field.
SERIE A REVIEW:
[Saturday 22 August] - [Sunday 23 August]