Serie A Round 2 Results: Napoli & Lazio continue winning starts, Bergessio inspires Catania to Genoa scalp

The second week of action in Italy did not disappoint, as Cagliari nicked a point at the death against Atalanta, while Sampdoria kept up their winning return to the top flight

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Torino followed up their opening-day draw with Siena in emphatic fashion, as they cruised to a 3-0 success over fellow new boys Pescara on Saturday.

The Delfini won last season's Serie B title at the expense of their opponents, but face a difficult season, having lost many of their stars, including Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, during the close season, as well as coach Zdenek Zeman.

A 3-0 defeat to Inter served as a warning sign to the team on matchday one, and within 27 minutes of their clash against Torino, Christian Terlizzi conceded a penalty and was sent off for a professional foul. Rolando Bianchi, however, missed from the spot.

But just seven minutes later, Alessandro Sgrigna struck past Mattia Perin to give Torino the lead, before new arrival Matteo Brighi made it two on the hour mark after being thread through by the goalscorer.

The win was sealed on 62 minutes, as Bianchi made amends for his earlier penalty miss by netting a header past previous nemesis Perin, consigning Pescara to another heavy loss. They move to 11th in Serie A, while the visitors remain 18th.
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Cagliari had Albin Ekdal to thank, as the Swedish midfielder rescued his side an injury-time point in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Just 18 minutes into proceedings, Thomas Manfredini handballed in the box to award the Sardinians a penalty, which Victor Ibarbo failed to convert. The striker saw his effort well saved by Andrea Consigli, who dived to his left.

Incredibly, just eight minutes later, Federico Peluso was given his marching orders after taking down Ibarbo through on goal. Daniele Conti was entrusted with the responsibility of striking the penalty, but he too could not beat Consigli.

Sadly for the hero between the sticks, a bad clash forced him to leave the pitch on a stretcher. His replacement Ciro Polito made an instant impact, denying Radja Nainggolan from close range with a save low down.

But in the last 10 minutes, an onslaught followed. German Denis firstly put Atalanta one up indirectly from a set-piece, but Ekdal stabbed in a similar finish in injury time to earn his side a share of the spoils.
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A Gonzalo Bergessio double helped Catania emerge victorious on home soil, as they held on for a 3-2 win over Genoa on Sunday.

A pulsating five-goal thriller was played out at the Angelo Massimino, but it was the visitors who went ahead midway through the first half. Last week's scorer Ciro Immobile drilled in a low cross for Juraj Kucka to finish off.

The visitors kept their lead for the next 40 minutes, but a goal rush suddenly ensued in the advanced stages. Bergessio grabbed the first of his two strikes on 66 minutes, netting Lucas Castro's through ball, before he headed in a corner moments later.

However, Catania's lead was short-lived. With only 10 minutes left on the clock, Bosko Jankovic rifled home a swerving low effort from the edge of the box to restore parity, but Francesco Lodi stepped up soon after to curl a free kick home.

The result means Catania climb to fifth, while Genoa drop to seventh place in the standings.
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Lazio continue to improve under the leadership of Vladimir Petkovic, after they comfortably swept Palermo aside 3-0 at the Olimpico on Sunday.

Miroslav Klose was imperious as ever on the night, and he scored the first of his two goals on 39 minutes, half-volleying Alvaro Gonzalez's cross past an uncertain Samir Ujkani.

However, the former Novara goalkeeper could do nothing about the hosts' second of the night. Antonio Candreva found space in the final third and, from some distance, smashed a powerful drive into the top right-hand corner.

The points were confirmed on 82 minutes, as Senad Lulic's cross was expertly chest-controlled by Klose, who had all the time in the world to pick his spot and seal a third straight win for his side.
Napoli survived a late scare at the San Paolo on Sunday, as they eventually secured a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

The game struggled to live to its billing as one of the more eye-catching fixtures of the weekend in the first half, but Marek Hamsik changed all that on 55 minutes with a looping header from a free kick.

They boosted their lead not long after through a stinging low drive from Blerim Dzemaili, much to the chagrin of Viola boss Vincenzo Montella, who was left looking into the abyss in his dugout.

However, Napoli were forced to endure a nervy ending to the contest as, out of the blue, Stevan Jovetic curled in a fine strike from the edge of the box to make it two goals in two appearances.

Walter Mazzarri's side make it consecutive victories in Serie A and move into second place. Fiorentina, on the other hand, must settle for ninth.
Parma returned to winning ways on Sunday by defeating northern rivals Chievo 2-0 on Sunday.

Both Gialloblu outfits experienced contrasting fortunes on matchday one, as the hosts suffered defeat at the hands of Juventus, while the Flying Donkeys profited against Bologna.

However, Ishak Belfodil got the ball rolling at the Tardini, meeting Jaime Valdes' low cross on the half-hour mark, before a thunderous counterattack, led by Jonathan Biabiany, was finished off by recent signing Aleandro Rosi with minutes to spare.

Parma move up to 13th in Serie A following their victory, but Chievo fall to 12th in the standings.
Sampdoria ensured their positive start to the new season remained intact with a 2-1 victory over Siena on Sunday.

The newly-promoted side opened their account for the evening on the cusp of half time; Maxi Lopez bypassing Felipe before firing home an effort from the left-hand side.

However, Serse Cosmi's charges bagged an equaliser on 62 minutes through Simone Vergassola. The veteran midfielder was on hand to net the rebound from Emanuele Calaio's shot, which cannoned off the post.

But just six minutes later, Pedro Obiang's corner found the head of defender Daniele Gastaldello, who went on to nod home the winner and secure all three points for the Blucerchiati. They now place fourth in Serie A, while Siena sit rock bottom on -5.