Serie A Results: Analysis for Inter vs. Juventus, and All the Weekend's Matches
Week 4 of the Serie A got underway with the Derby d'Italia between Inter Milan and Juventus, but AC Milan and Napoli were also in action on Saturday.
With three of those four big clubs unbeaten at the start of this season, it was always likely to be an interesting return to domestic action after the international break.
Here's the complete roundup for Serie A.
Inter Milan 1-1 Juventus
Inter Milan and Juventus fought out a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon, with the result preserving both teams' statuses as Nos. 1 and 2 in the fledgling Serie A table.
Both goals came late in the second half, with substitute Mauro Icardi putting Inter ahead on 73 minutes. The lead lasted only a couple of minutes, though, as Arturo Vidal equalised after a driving, determined run from Kwadwo Asamoah.
Here's a full rundown on the game with all of your player grades.
Napoli 2-0 Atalanta
A dominant Napoli display in one of Serie A's late kickoffs for Saturday saw them pick up an impressive 2-0 win over Atalanta, moving to the top of the league table in the process.
After a scoreless opening 45 minutes where Andrea Consigli's goal was peppered with shots, it took a lucky bounce for Napoli to finally make the breakthrough.
Marek Hamsik was tackled inside the area, and Gonzalo Higuain calmly steered the ball inside the far post with just 19 minutes left to play. That was his second goal of the season following his goal at Chievo in the last match week.
Substitute Jose Callejon scored the decisive second goal in the closing 10 minutes, sending Napoli two points clear with a 100 percent record.
On Target: 11-5
Pass Success: 92%-78%
Stats from WhoScored.com.
Torino 2-2 AC Milan
AC Milan had to produce a huge late fightback to take a point from Torino, drawing 2-2 in their latest Serie A match.
Danilo D'Ambrosio drilled home the opener in the first half, and when Alessio Curci raced clear to clip beyond Milan keeper Christian Abbiati, it looked as if the game was done and dusted with less than 20 minutes of the match to play.
Sulley Muntari scrambled in a bobbling effort from outside the box with three minutes left, though, to leave Milan needing an injury time second to take a point.
That duly arrived when Andrea Poli was upended in the penalty area and Mario Balotelli stepped up to take the penalty, which he dispatched to the left, sending the keeper the wrong way.
The result leaves Milan and Torino both with four points from three games.
On Target: 3-5
Pass Success: 82%-89%
Fiorentina 1-1 Cagliari
Fiorentina and Cagliari drew 1-1 on Sunday as Mauricio Pinilla's late goal pegged back Fiorentina and ended Viola's 100 percent start to the season.
Borja Valero beat Cagliari's offside trap to put the hosts ahead in the 71st minute, but Pinilla—a second-half substitute—headed in Segundo Ibarbo's cross in the 89th minute for the equaliser.
Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi went down in the box moments later, but the referee waved play on. David Pizarro earned his second yellow card and a dismissal for dissent in the second minute of stoppage time.
Viola striker Mario Gomez injured his knee in the second half while shooting over the bar after rounding goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.
The draw left Fiorentina fourth with seven points from three matches.
On target: 2-1
Sunday's Other Games
Hellas Verona 2-0 Sassuolo
Raphael Marinho (12') and Romulo (90') scored the goals fro Hellas, who moved up to eighth with six points from three matches.
Promoted Sassuolo have yet to earn a point this season, having been outscored 8-1 in their three matches.
Lazio 3-0 Chievo Verona
Lazio bounced back from a 4-1 defeat at Juventus last time out with a comfortable win at home to Chievo.
Antonio Candreva opened the scoring in the eighth minute, Luis Pedro Cavanda made it 2-0 in the 38th, and Senad Lulic wrapped up the points four minutes before half-time.
Lazio are sixth with six points. Chievo have just one point through three matches.
Livorno 2-0 Catania
Paulinho scored a second-half brace as Livorno won their second straight after an opening-day loss to Roma.
With the victory, Livorno moved up to fifth. Catania have lost all three matches on the season and are 19th.
Udinese 1-1 Bologna
Antonio Di Natale scored a late equaliser for Udinese as Bologna remained winless.
Alessandro Diamante opened the scoring with a 71st-minute free kick for the visitors (see video), but Di Natale leveled from close range five minutes from time.
Sampdoria 0-3 Genoa
Genoa eased pressure on manager Fabio Liverani with a 3-0 win against rivals Sampdoria in the Derby della Lanterna. It was the first win of the season for the Grifone.
Luca Antonini opened the scoring for Genoa in the ninth minute with deft, first-time volley from Davide Biondini's cross. Sampdoria recorded eight shots in the first half, but Genoa made their attacks count, with Emanuele Calaio scoring the second four minutes after the restart.
Francesco Lodi then killed off the match with a free kick in the 66th minute.
Sampdoria dominated possession 61%-39% and out-shot Genoa 20-4.
Genoa opened the season with losses to Inter and Fiorentina while being outscored 7-2. Sampdoria are still winless, having drawn once in three matches.
Parma 1-3 as Roma
A second-half fight-back saw AS Roma pick up all three points away to Parma, Monday, and keep pace with Napoli atop the Serie A table.
The Giallorossi had only just settled into the contest when they fell behind their hosts late in the first half—Jonathan Biabiani heading Mattia Cassani’s cross beyond the reach of Morgan De Sanctis in the 34th minute.
But the guests would restore level terms only three minutes after the restart and signal their intentions for what would be a mostly one-way second period.
Alessandro Florenzi tallied the equalizer in the 47th minute after beating De Sanctis high inside the near post after accepting Miralem Pjanic’s pass.
With 20 minutes to go Francesco Totti scored what proved to be the winner when he finished inside the left post, and in the dying minutes Kevin Strootman added an element of insurance from the penalty spot after Cassani fouled Gervinho inside the area.
On target: 2-8
Stats from WhoScored.com.