Serie A Round 3 Results: Udinese and Cagliari maintain winning starts, Genoa defeat Lazio in Rome

The second week of action in the Italian top-flight sees several teams win by one goal in a series of tight encounters across the peninsula on Saturday and Sunday

Serie A: Round 3


Saturday SEPTEMBER 17
 Cagliari 2-1 Novara
1800  Atalanta 1-0 Palermo
 Inter 0-0 Roma
2045  Udinese 2-0 Fiorentina
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Siena 0-1 Juventus
     Parma 2-1 Chievo
     Lazio 1-2 Genoa
    Catania 1-0 Cesena
    Bologna 0-2 Lecce
  Napoli - AC Milan


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Cagliari temporarily went top of the Serie A standings and maintained their 100 per cent record after a 2-1 victory over new boys Novara. Goals from Thiago Ribeiro and Joaquin Larrivey earned the Sardinians a well-deserved victory despite Takayuki Morimoto's late consolation.

0-0                 Roma

A point was the fairest outcome between these two teams, in what was a dour goalless draw at San Siro on Saturday. The result means Inter and Roma are still without a first win of the new campaign. However, the match was overshadowed by an unfortunate clash between Maarten Stekelenburg and Lucio in the first half, which resulted in the Dutch goalkeeper being immediately rushed to hospital.
1-0                 Palermo
Atalanta emulated Cagliari by picking up a second consecutive win of the new Serie A season with a 1-0 victory over Palermo in the early kick-off on Sunday.

The winner arrived in 34 minutes, when German Denis scored his first ever goal against the Sicilian outfit. Giacomo Bonaventura played the ex-Udinese hitman in on goal, and he lashed in a strike past Alexandros Tzorvas to give his side the three-points.

However, the game was stopped on 61 minutes due to torrential rain in Bergamo. The pitch was waterlogged, and there were serious doubts as to whether the match would continue, but it was eventually given the green light to resume 30 minutes later.
2-0                Fiorentina
Udinese maintained their own 100 per cent record in domestic matters, after recording an impressive 2-0 win at the Friuli.

Francesco Guidolin's men gained the initiative in the match just eight minutes in, after Alessandro Gamberini's handball gifted Udinese a penalty. Antonio Di Natale proceeded to convert the spotkick by sending Artur Boruc the wrong way.

The Zebrette soon doubled their lead on 29 minutes. Mauricio Isla profited from a Riccardo Montolivo deflection and slammed the ball past the Pole at the far post, ensuring the three points would be staying in Udine.
0-1               Juventus

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In an extremely hard-fought encounter, Juventus finally prevailed after an Alessandro Matri goal in the second half ensured the Old Lady would maintain their 100 per cent start to the season. Despite total domination of possession throughout the game, they had only the single strike to show for their efforts.
Parma needed a last-gasp Sebastian Giovinco winner to down Chievo 2-1 at the Ennio Tardini and earn a first win of the season.

Franco Colomba's men started on the right footing when, within 24 minutes, Giovinco grabbed his second goal of the season, after skinning Marco Andreolli in a flash and applying the finish past Stefano Sorrentino.

However, with just 11 minutes to spare, loanee Alberto Paloschi grabbed an equaliser, capitalising on a mistake in the Parma backline and being gifted with a virtually open net to score with ease.

The drama did not stop there, as in the first minute of injury time, Giovinco won the encounter, after meeting Jonathan Biabiany's cross from the right and poking the ball past Sorrentino once again.

The ex-Juventus man was given his marching orders after claiming a second yellow card, taking a little of the gloss off the victory.
Genoa came back from a goal down to defeat Lazio 2-1 at the Olimpico and leave Edy Reja still searching for his side's first win in Serie A.

The hosts took the lead inside 10 minutes when Giuseppe Sculli opened the scoring against his former side. Strike partner Miroslav Klose powered down the right-hand side and drilled a low ball into the box for his team-mate to slide into the back of the net.

However just nine minutes into the second half, Rodrigo Palacio struck an equaliser, after Cristobal Jorquera's pass into his path afforded him the opportunity to ping the ball past Federico Marchetti.

The win was then confirmed on 71 minutes when Juraj Kucka participated in a neat exchange with Palacio before proceeding to bag his side's second goal and give Alberto Malesani his first three points at the Marassi.
1-0                 Cesena
Catania also unearthed their debut victory of the new campaign thanks to a first-half penalty which proved enough to inflict a second loss on Cesena.

The Sicilians managed to break the deadlock right at the death during the first half, as referee Carlo Gervasoni penalised Marco Parolo for bringing down Gennaro Delvecchio in the box. Maxi Lopez was on hand to power the penalty into the back of the net and seal a narrow victory.
Bologna's poor start to the season continued with a second consecutive two-goal defeat, this time to Lecce.

The hosts' poor start to the season continued when, on 37 minutes, Guillermo Giacomazzi grabbed the game's first goal after making the most of the rebound from David Di Michele's attempt, which was originally stopped by Jean-Francois Gillet.

Lecce then made it 2-0 on the hour mark. Ex-Schalke man Carlos Grossmuller grabbing the goal to seal victory for Luigi De Canio.
3-1                AC Milan

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Edinson Cavani's hat-trick saw Napoli turn around an early Milan lead, given to them by Alberto Aquilani's header. The result means the southern outfit have chalked up the maximum six points so far, with the champions struggling to get going so far. They remain on one point after two games played.