Sunday, 30 August 2009

Serie A - Week 2: Sunday Review

Roma 1-3 JuventusDiego struck his first two goals for Juventus in an impressive 3-1 victory at Roma as the Bianconeri sit top of Serie A alongside Genoa, Lazio and Sampdoria, who all maintain their 100 per cent starts to the new campaign. Elsewhere Fiorentina, Napoli, Parma and Siena all won.

Roma 1-3 Juventus
Brazilian striker Diego was on target twice as Juventus beat Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. Juve's top summer signing opened his Serie A account after 25 minutes before Roma's Daniele de Rossi equalised 10 minutes later. Diego put Juve back in front after 68 minutes and Felipe Melo added a third in injury time as the Turin giants claimed their second win of the new campaign, condemning Roma to their second defeat in as many games.

Sampdoria 3-1 UdineseSampdoria 3-1 Udinese
Sampdoria made it two wins from two Serie A matches with a 3-1 win over Udinese but the victory came thanks largely to an inspirational performance by goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi. Castellazzi was in imperious form as he frustrated the visitors, who were ultimately undone by goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and Daniele Mannini. Antonio Di Natale pulled a goal back for the Udine outfit, but Samp talisman Antonio Cassano added a late third before missing a penalty.

Atalanta 0-1 GenoaAtalanta 0-1 Genoa
Emiliano Moretti scored the only goal as Genoa maintained their 100 per cent start to the new Serie A season with a hard-fought win at Atalanta. The former Valencia defender headed home on the stroke of half-time as Giampiero Gasperini's side capped a wonderful week with another impressive win. The Grifoni opened their domestic campaign with a 3-2 win over Roma last weekend and followed that up by seeing off Odense to make sure of their place in the UEFA Europa League group stage in midweek.

Chievo 1-2 LazioChievo 1-2 Lazio
Julio Cruz scored twice as 10-man Lazio came from behind to beat Chievo 2-1 in Verona. Lazio coach Davide Ballardini handed Cruz his first league start since the Argentinian's summer move to Rome from Inter and it paid dividends. Cruz earned a penalty, which he then converted before half-time to cancel out Sergio Pellissier's 16th-minute opener. The South American then tapped in the winner eight minutes into the second half. The Roman club held on for their second win of the new campaign despite playing with a man less for the last 20 minutes after Emilson Cribari was dismissed for his second yellow card.

Fiorentina 1-0 PalermoFiorentina 1-0 Palermo
Stevan Jovetic's first-half goal capped a good week for Fiorentina, enabling them to pick up all three points and go level with opponents Palermo. The Viola, who qualified for the UEFA Champions League this week with an away-goals win over Sporting Lisbon, dominated the encounter in Florence with the game's decisive moment coming on the half-hour mark.

Napoli 3-1 LivornoNapoli 3-1 Livorno
Fabio Quagliarella's double enabled Napoli to pick up their first win of the season - 3-1 at the expense of Livorno. Quagliarella opened the scoring after just 10 minutes before Marek Hamsik doubled the home side's advantage before half time. Livorno responded at the start of the second half with Cristiano Lucarelli but Quagliarella sealed the win late on. The newly-promoted visitors, who battled gallantly at the San Paolo before Roberto Donadoni's men made sure of all three points, had Mirko Pieri sent off in stoppage time.

Parma 2-1 CataniaParma 2-1 Catania
Serie A newcomers Parma secured their first win of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over pointless Catania. Parma began their first campaign back in the top flight with a creditable 2-2 draw away to Udinese last week while Catania were the victims of a 2-1 defeat by Sampdoria. And the home side secured the points with goals by Daniele Galloppa and Alberto Paloschi with Marco Biagianti equalising in between.

Cagliari 1-3 SienaCagliari 1-3 Siena
Siena got their Serie A campaign up and running at the second attempt with a 3-1 win at Cagliari. Having opened their season with defeat to AC Milan, the Robur responded in style with two goals from Emanuele Calaio and another from Reginaldo earning them three points in Sardinia. Cagliari's only reply came from a Jeda penalty as they continue to search for their first victory.

[Saturday 29 August] - [Sunday 30 August]

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