The scorelines may be low but that did not stop the action from simmering, as Atalanta ruined Gian Piero Gasperini's Palermo debut, while Parma struck late to draw with Fiorentina
Round 4 Results
|An injury-time equaliser salvaged Parma a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in the weekend's first Serie A offering, as two missed penalties were also witnessed at the Tardini on Saturday.
The Viola took the lead inside 20 minutes through new Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia, who collected the ball deep in his opponents' half and fired home a stinging drive past Antonio Mirante.
However, the stopper temporarily turned from hero to villain, as he brought down Dorlan Pabon in the box shortly after the break. A penalty was awarded, but Jaime Valdes could only reach Emiliano Viviano's glove.
It appeared Fiorentina would go on to win the fixture following Aleandro Rosi's red card, after the right-back felled Mattia Cassani in the area, but Stevan Jovetic surprisingly failed to find the back of the net from six yards out.
Their profligacy was soon punished in the most dramatic of circumstances when Luca Toni's penalty-box handball gifted Jaime Valdes the chance to redeem himself from the spot, and earn Parma an arguably undeserved point.
Parma move to 11th in Serie A, while Fiorentina keep fifth place.
|It was also a tale of two penalties at the Marassi on Sunday, as Sampdoria earned a 1-1 draw with Torino in the battle of the promoted sides.
Both sets of teams could not be faulted for their fighting spirit, as a tie seemed the fairest outcome, and it was the Granata who went one up with 20 minutes to go. Roberto Soriano upended Alessio Cerci in the box, allowing Rolando Bianchi to strike the ball goal-bound.
Fortunately for the hosts, a tactical change made by coach Ciro Ferrara, which saw Eder and Nicola Pozzi replace Gianni Munari and Marcelo Estigarribia, proved decisive, as the Brazilian drew a foul from Kamil Glik. Pozzi promptly squeezed the penalty past Jean-Francois Gillet.
Sampdoria remain in fourth place in the standings while Torino climb to 10th, with their -1 handicaps wiped out.
|A late goal in the latter stages of the clash at the Azzurri d'Italia condemed new Palermo boss Gian Piero Gasperini to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Atalanta on Sunday.
The visitors appeared to have opened the scoring for the afternoon towards the end of the half-time, but Ezequiel Munoz's header from a free-kick was correctly ruled offside, much to the disappointment of the Rosanero.
It was fitting then that they would eventually lose the fixture - from a set-piece. An inswinging corner from Luca Cigarini was met by Cristian Raimondi, who jumped highest to beat Samir Ujkani with a powerful finish.
For Atalanta, they make their way up the table to eighth, with their progress stifled by a two-point deduction, but Palermo wallow in 19th place, winless in four.
|Pescara came from behind to register their maiden point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Bologna at the Dell'Ara.
Alberto Gilardino continued his prolific start to life as a Rossoblu, applying the finish past Mattia Perin from Gyorgy Garics' pass on nine minutes.
But the visitors refused to throw in the towel and finally got their reply through teenage Colombian midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero, who curled in a fantastic free-kick with half-time in sight.
The second half saw Perin given his marching orders following a professional foul in the box. His replacement Ivan Pelizzoli came up trumps, however, saving Alessandro Diamanti's poorly executed penalty.
Pescara languish in 19th place, but Bologna leapfrog into 13th.
|Roma's trip to Cagliari, which would have been the inauguration of the Sardinian side's new Is Arenas stadium, was postponed following president Massimo Cellino's insistence on supporters ignoring the authorities' requests that the match should be played behind closed doors.
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|Napoli will be kicking themselves after they somehow failed to break down a resilient Catania at the Angelo Massimino on Sunday, with the game finishing goalless.
Just two minutes in, the Sicilians were forced to play the remainder of the match a man down; Pablo Alvarez promptly red-carded for bringing down Edinson Cavani while through on goal.
However, they managed to adapt to life without the Uruguayan defender excellently, forming into a tight unit at the back, which proved too difficult to break down, but not without the brilliance of Mariano Andujar between the sticks.
The likes of Eduardo Vargas and Lorenzo Insigne were introduced as Walter Mazzarri chased the three points, but they failed to make Napoli's 70 per cent possession count. For the hosts, Alejandro Gomez saw an attempt hit the post late on.
The Partenopei miss out on their first points of the Serie A campaign and stay third. Catania, meanwhile, are now seventh.
|Marco Borriello netted the only goal of the game at the Olimpico on Sunday, as Genoa condemed Lazio to a surprise 1-0 defeat to round off the weekend's action in Italy.
The Biancocelesti had a number of chances to sew the points up before the striker's winner, but none of Libor Kozak, Mauro Zarate, Miroslav Klose, Hernanes or Antonio Candreva could beat Sebastien Frey in the visitors' net.
They were made to pay for their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal on the break. A classic counterattack, led by Luca Antonelli, was finished by Borriello, who surged into Lazio's box and fired past Federico Marchetti.
It marked the striker's first goal since returning to the Marassi on transfer deadline day, helping his team to seventh in Serie A. Lazio, however, saw their 100 per cent record brought to an end, but they stay in third position.