Calcio fans were treated to a glut of goals over the weekend, as Siena turned their clash with Udinese around to earn a point, while Fiorentina and Sampdoria emerged victorious
Round 3 Results
|Palermo may have ended a run of two consecutive defeats, but were left to rue an late Cagliari equaliser on Saturday, as the scores finished tied at 1-1.
The hosts took the lead with five minutes of the first half to spare through Egidio Arevalo. Captain Fabrizio Miccoli was the architect of the move, taking on two players before cutting the ball back for the Uruguayan to break his Rosanero duck.
Cagliari began to push for the equaliser, and although Lorenzo Ariaudo's goalbound flick was ruled offside, Marco Sau grabbed a point for his side three minutes from time, capitalising on a rebound from Gabriele Perico's volley.
However, the game will be more remembered for the exploits of the Sardinians' goalkeeper Michael Agazzi, who performed a Rene Higuita-esque scorpion save to deny Miccoli's free kick from crossing the line.
Giuseppe Sannino's future as Palermo coach now looks uncertain, with president Maurizio Zamparini after the game claiming that he'd "rather get drunk" than discuss the trainer's position.
|Lazio maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a comprehensive 3-1 success over Chievo at the Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.
The victory also makes Vladimir Petkovic the first Biancocelesti boss since Tommaso Maestrelli in 1974-75 to kick-off a Serie A campaign with three straight wins.
Hernanes got the ball rolling for his side inside just the fifth minute, leaving two players for dead before rifling home an effort from distance.
The Brazilian then re-enacted the move in the latter stages of the first half, but needed Miroslav Klose to mop up the rebound. And deep in the second period, Hernanes capped off a virtuoso display with a low strike past Stefano Sorrentino.
Nonetheless, there was still time for a customary consolation from Sergio Pellissier, but it didn't affect the outcome of the game as Lazio remain third in Serie A. The visitors, however, find themselves in 12th place.
|Fiorentina seem to be on the right track towards living up to their pre-season hype, after Vincenzo Montella masterminded a 2-0 victory over former side Catania.
Despite their heavy summer spending, Stevan Jovetic remains the Viola's shining light in attack, and he proved it once more at the end of the first half, linking up with Adem Ljalic on the edge of the box before squeezing a low shot into the bottom right corner.
The win was sealed with 15 minutes left on the clock, as the Artemio Franchi's prodigial son Luca Toni made an instant impact; coming off the bench to tap home Jovetic's low ball, and seal all three points for an ever-improving Fiorentina side.
They now move to fifth in the Serie A table, while Catania drop to seventh.
|Napoli joined Juventus and Lazio at the top of Serie A on Sunday, convincingly beating Parma 3-1 to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season.
The Partenopei broke the deadlock on just three minutes into the action at the San Paolo, after Goran Pandev was felled by Antonio Mirante in the box. Edinson Cavani made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Pandev was at it again on 38 minutes, as Cavani released Marek Hamsik in the clear, with the Macedonian waiting in the box to tuck home the Slovakian's cut-back.
However, Napoli suffered a scare moments before half time. Sotiris Ninis' in-swinging cross met the looping head of Marco Parolo, who netted his first league goal in Gialloblu colours.
That didn't deter Walter Mazzarri's outfit, though, as with the final whistle fast approaching, Pandev once more proved every inch the match winner, conjuring up a delightful flick for Lorenzo Insigne to pounce on and round off proceedings.
The hosts stay second in the table, but Parma head into the fourth matchday in 13th place.
|An exciting spectacle between the two newly-promoted sides was witnessed at the Adriatico on Sunday, but it was Sampdoria who took the honours in a 3-2 victory over Pescara.
Maxi Lopez continued his impressive start to life with the Blucerchiati, scoring the opening goal of the game in a sweeping move orchestrated by Pedro Obiang midway through the first half.
They doubled their lead on the hour mark through fellow new recruit Marcelo Estigarribia via a looping effort which caught Mattia Perin off-guard.
However, not long after, former Rangers youngster Mervan Celik put Pescara back in with a shout following a side-footed finish of the highest order.
Nevertheless, Sampdoria did not lose their composure and went on to sew up the win via Lopez again, scoring the eventual winner from a tight angle on 76 minutes, despite a Gianluca Caprari rocket from distance making for a nail-biting end to the match.
Ciro Ferrara's charges have now accumulated maximum points from their first three matches and keep fourth in the Serie A standings. The Delfini, however, have not yet registered a point in the top flight.
|Roma suffered a nasty shock at the death, as they threw away a two-goal lead against Bologna to eventually crash to a 3-2 defeat at the Olimpico.
Mattia Destro's offside finish proved the precursor for Alessandro Florenzi to keep up with his rich vein of form. Francesco Totti's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar, but the young midfielder was on hand to head in the rebound.
On 16 minutes, the Giallorossi made it 2-0 thanks to Erik Lamela's long-range effort, and from then on it seemed plainsailing for Zdenek Zeman's young side.
However, with three quarters of the game played, Bologna nicked a goal back from recent arrival Alberto Gilardino, who headed home his first goal as a Rossoblu player. Moments later, Alessandro Diamanti smashed a volley past Maarten Stekelenburg.
And Roma's fate was sealed in injury time; Gyorgy Garics' cross was not properly dealt with by a flailing Stekelenburg, who saw his attempt to smother the ball away blocked by Gilardino. It was the striker's second of the afternoon.
The result leaves the hosts on four points and in sixth place. Bologna, meanwhile, pick up their first points of the season and lie in 14th position.
|Udinese's dreadful start to the season took another turn for the worst on Sunday as they surrendered a comfortable lead against Siena to draw 2-2 in Tuscany.
The Zebrette lost a number of key players during the summer, and their failure to overcome Braga in the Champions League play-offs was soon followed by consecutive defeats to Fiorentina and Juventus.
Siena also find themselves in a poor situation, having only taken one point thus far and remaining -5 behind the rest of the pack in Serie A following the Scommessopoli verdict, and they went down to a thunderous Dusan Basta strike on three minutes.
Basta again proved the protagonist for his side, serving up a pinpoint cross for the evergreen Antonio Di Natale to dive home with his head, but it proved to be the beginning of their downfall.
Shortly after the interval, loan midfielder Andrea Lazzarri was shown a second yellow card, and it gave Siena the impetus to regain control of the encounter. They pulled one back via Alessio Sestu's cross, which was nodded in by Emanuele Calaio.
Redemption was thus secured on 77 minutes; Ze Eduardo converting from the penalty spot following Maurizio Domizzi's foul on Angelo. Siena are now on -4 but stay bottom, but Udinese hover in 17th place.