Juventus defeated Livorno 2-0 to maintain their perfect start to the Serie A season with four wins from four, while struggling Napoli were held to a goalless home stalemate by Udinese.
Juventus 2-0 Livorno
Juventus continue to impress as they opened up a three-point lead at the top of Serie A courtesy of a 2-0 win over newly-promoted Livorno. The Bianoneri never looked back after Vincenzo Iaquinta headed the opener on eight minutes from a curling Mauro Camoranesi cross. Camoranesi also laid on the second on the half-hour mark, a delightful pass behind the defence freeing Marchisio who delicately chipped it over Alfonso Di Lucia from a narrowing angle. Livorno's best chance fell the way of Cristiano Lucarelli soon after, the forward finding himself one-on-one with Gianluigi Buffon who stood tall to block the shot. Buffon was similarly impressive in the second half, denying Antonio Filippini, Lucarelli and Tomas Danilevicius.
Napoli 0-0 Udinese
Udinese increased the pressure on Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni by holding them to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio San Paolo. The southerners have won just once all season and they were prevented from getting their second three-point haul by an Udinese side who, after scoring seven and conceding seven in their previous three games, will welcome the clean sheet which keeps them in the right half of the Serie A table. Donadoni's side had the better chances to score but as is symptomatic of their start to the season, the ball just would not land in the back of the net. When it did go in for Udinese, Antonio di Natale's goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.
SERIE A REVIEW:
[Saturday 19 September] - [Sunday 20 September]