Serie A Results: Analysis for Juventus-AC Milan and the Weekend's Matches
Serie A returns with early pace-setters AS Roma given the chance to extend their advantage a day before their nearest rivals, Napoli and AC Milan, had a chance to play.
Roma visited Inter Milan in a testing encounter, 24 hours before AC Milan face Juventus and Napoli host Livorno.
Click on for the action from all those matches and the rest of the Serie A fixtures, updated as they happen.
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Juventus 3-2 AC Milan: Old Lady Confirms AC Milan Vintage Is Not Best
Juventus moved back within two points of AS Roma with a hard-fought win over AC Milan on Sunday evening.
Sulley Muntari scored for Milan in the first and 90th minutes, but between that Philippe Mexes was sent off and Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco and Giorgio Chiellini found the net to secure the points for Antonio Conte.
Giovinco's strike was the decisive moment, the substitute wriggling free of the Milan defence within a minute of coming on to fire home a goal that made it 2-1.
Giovinco was then instrumental as Mexes saw red; the Frenchman fouling the dimutive Italian (earning a yellow card) before showing the referee dissent (another yellow).
Juve scored their third from the subsequent free-kick—Chiellini turning home after Pirlo's effort hit the bar—to secure the points, although Muntari's late strike set up a finish that was more nervy than it had any right to be for the home side.
On target: 6-5
Inter Milan 0-3 Roma: Francesco Totti Ages Like a Fine Wine
Two goals from the veteran Francesco Totti—one of them from the penalty spot—and a third before half-time from Alessandro Florenzi enabled AS Roma to continue their fast start to the Serie A season with a 3-0 win over Inter Milan.
Even the late dismissal of Federico Balzaretti could not derail the visitors, who were also helped when Andrea Ranocchia's goal at the start of the second half was ruled out for offside.
On target: 3-5
Napoli 4-0 Livorno: Benitez Sees Side Roll on Without Higuain
Napoli cruised to another emphatic win on Sunday, defeating an outmatched Livorno 4-0 to move up to second—at least until Juventus play.
Once again without Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine's replacement Goran Pandev scored inside the first five minutes to set Napoli on their way—with Gokhan Inler, Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik all subsequently getting on the scoresheet to seal a victory that was never in real doubt.
On target: 6-2
Chievo Verona 0-1 Atalanta: Moralez Steals the Win for Visitors
In Saturday's other game, Atalanta grabbed all three points away to Chievo thanks to Maximiliano Moralez's early goal.
Moralez volleyed home after 16 minutes, ensuring his side's second successive victory after beating Udinese at home last week.
Chievo, meanwhile, lost their third game in a row and their fifth in seven to start the season. The profligacy of Alberto Paloschi and Cyril Thereau did not help.
On target: 3-2
Udinese 2-0 Cagliari: Di Natale Again Grabs a Key Goal
Danilo and Antonio Di Natale scored either side of half-time as Udinese edged past a combative Cagliari outfit.
Cagliari had their opportunities and even hit the bar at one point, but were ultimately let down as the home side showed a greater cutting edge in front of goal.
On target: 4-2
Other Results: Wins for Parma and Verona
The rest of the results this weekend:
Parma 3-1 Sassuolo
Second-half finishes from Aleandro Rosi and Antonio Cassano sealed the win for Parma, despite the 45th minute dismissal of Antonio Mirante, which had seen Domenico Berardi cancel out Raffaele Palladino's opener from the spot.
Catania 1-1 Genoa
An 87th minute own goal from Nicola Legrottaglie enabled Genoa to snatch a point. Pablo Barrientos had broken the deadlock shortly before half-time.
Sampdoria 2-2 Torino
Showing remarkable composure, Eder converted a 90th minute penalty to secure a draw for the home side—matching Alessio Cerci's feat from 15 minutes earlier. Prior to that, Gianluca Sansome had opened the scoring for the home side before Ciro Immobile equalised in an even and entertaining encounter.
Bologna 1-4 Hellas Verona
An emphatic win for the visitors, thanks to strikes from Fabrizio Cacciatore Juan Iturbe, Luca Toni and Jorginho Frello. Alessandro Diamanti briefly made the score 2-1 with his 52nd penalty, but Bologna were ultimately overrun despite creating twice as many shots at goal.
Lazio 0-0 Fiorentina
There were no goals in Sunday's other late kick-off.
Sunday's Fixtures: Two Heavy Hitters Meet
The weekend's remaining fixtures feature some eye-catching contests.
Juventus vs. AC Milan
Lazio vs. Fiorentina