The Italian top-flight is up and running, as Vladimir Petkovic kicked off his reign in charge of Lazio with a win, while Genoa and Chievo also registered opening-day victories
Round 1 Results
|Fiorentina began life under new coach Vincenzo Montella in Serie A with a win, as they edged past Udinese 2-1 at the Artemio Franchi in Saturday's curtain raiser.
The hosts enjoyed a productive summer, having bankrolled a heavy recruitment drive, bringing in the likes of Alberto Aquilani, David Pizarro and Borja Valero, but they were to go behind early on.
It was the Zebrette, fresh off a 1-1 draw with Braga in their Champions League play-off, who took the lead through new signing Maicosuel, who fired home Luis Muriel's intuitive through ball, on 27 minutes.
However, parity was restored near the hour mark via a volleyed attempt from want-away Stevan Jovetic on the edge of the box, albeit aided by a huge deflection en route to the back of the net.
And Jovetic was at the double to mark an impressive comeback for his side, as he conjured up a fine curling effort past Zeljko Brkic to put an under-strength Udinese to the sword.
|Lazio maintained a 100 per cent record under the leadership of new boss Vladimir Petkovic with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Atalanta on Sunday.
Despite being forced to withstand the pressure of being visitors at the Azzurri d'Italia, the Biancocelesti nonetheless netted the winner just 17 minutes into proceedings thanks to Hernanes, who struck past Andrea Consigli following good work from Stefano Mauri.
The result puts Lazio seventh in the Serie A table after the first matchday, while Atalanta remain 19th and fail to make up any of their two-point deduction.
|Chievo carried on from last season's impressive 10th-placed finish by inflicting a 2-0 loss on a Gaston-Ramirez-less Bologna at the Bentegodi.
In an assured display from the Flying Donkeys, where they managed to stifle their opponents, legendary striker Sergio Pellissier opened his account for the season by finishing off a cross midway through the second half.
Peru international Rinaldo Cruzado then read Luciano's through pass to strike the ball beyond Federico Agliardi and ensure Chievo made an unbeaten start to the new campaign.
For Bologna, however, they suffered the disappointment of going a man down following Diego Perez's red card, as question marks hang over the future of their Uruguayan talisman.
|Genoa survived the humiliation of a missed penalty in the first half to eventually record a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cagliari in Liguria on Sunday.
Davide Astori's foul in the opening stages gave Cristobal Jorquera the chance of giving his team the lead from the spot, but Michael Agazzi guessed right to deny the attacking midfielder.
Nonetheless, Alexander Merkel popped up just six minutes after the restart to make sure Andreas Granqvist's header proved decisive from the rebound.
Luigi De Canio's side secured the three points late on, thanks to a classic striker's finish from Ciro Immobile, beating off the Cagliari defence to give his former club Juventus food for thought.
|Napoli produced an inspired performance at the Renzo Barbera to condemn an out-of-sorts Palermo to a 3-0 defeat in the opening matchday of Serie A.
The Partenopei were keen to forget their 4-2 reverse against Juventus in the Supercoppa, and they went some way towards attaining that through a Marek Hamsik strike on the stroke of half-time.
Hamsik was instrumental in his side's second of the evening, as he played in Christian Maggio, who peeled off from the right-hand side to poke the ball past a helpless Samir Ujkani.
Substitute Edu Vargas rounded off a comprehensive victory in injury time to already heap the pressure on new Palermo boss Giuseppe Sannino. Napoli, meanwhile, will look to build on their success, having joined Inter at the top of the table.
|A managerial change may have been witnessed at Roma, but they proved to be still leaky at the back as they were forced to salvage a 2-2 draw with Catania at the Olimpico.
Returning coach Zdenek Zeman named an attackling line-up for the visit of the Elefanti, but he was made to pay for their lack of defensive discipline just 29 minutes in, as Giovanni Marchese slammed home a loose ball from a Sergio Almiron free-kick.
But in emphatic style, Pablo Osvaldo saw justice served for his disallowed overhead kick against Novara last season with a similarly spectacular effort midway through the second half. The game seemed to be finally in Roma's grasp.
However, as shown on many occasions in 2011-12, Catania showed great resilience. A defence-splitting pass from Francesco Lodi found Alejandro Gomez, clean through on the left wing with the goal at his mercy, and blasted the ball home.
Catania looked destined to head back to Sicily with all three points, but Nico Lopez stepped off the bench to coolly dink the ball over his marker and power a stinging low volley past Mariano Andujar from close range for a share of the spoils in injury time.
|In the last match of the first week's round-up, neither Siena nor Torino could muster a goal to speak of, as a 0-0 draw was to be the outcome in Tuscany.
A rather uneventful encounter was played out, as both sides failed to show much in terms of enterprise but it was the new boys who squandered the best chance of the match near half-time; however Rolando Bianchi could not turn and shoot past Jean-Francois Gillet in the box.
Siena hit back with a similarly passable opportunity of their own, but Gaetano D'Alessandro's free-kick from distance rattled the crossbar, leaving Torino in 11th place. The hosts, however, stay rooted to the bottom of Serie A with -5 points to their name.