Serie A Results: Analysis for Inter Milan vs. Verona and All Weekend Matches
The 2013-14 Serie A season continued with a full slate of matches the weekend of Oct. 26-27.
Two matches were on the schedule Saturday, highlighted by Inter Milan's home date with Hellas Verona. Eight more matches were set to follow Sunday.
Check back throughout the weekend for a recap of all the action.
Stats via WhoScored.com.
Udinese 0-1 Roma
Roma maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a battling 1-0 win at Udinese.
Rudi Garcia’s Roma looked like being frustrated by Udinese, but a late goal from USA international Michael Bradley earned the three points.
It was a notable effort from Roma, who had to play the final 24 minutes with 10 men after Maicon was shown a red card for a deliberate handball.
The goal came eight minutes from time, with Bradley striding onto a pass 20 yards from goal and stroking a low shot into the corner.
On target: 3-5
Passing accuracy: 81%-84%
Napoli 2-0 Torino
A pair of penalties from Gonzalo Higuain eased Napoli to a 2-0 win over Torino.
Rafa Benitez’s Napoli have made a fine start to the Serie A campaign, and Higuain has played his part since making the move from Real Madrid.
Higuain’s opener came on 14 minutes, with the striker slamming a penalty into the top corner after Dries Mertens had been felled in the box by Nicola Bellomo.
The second penalty was a controversial one, with Kamil Glik penalised for handball. It was tough on the Torino player as he was roughly a yard from the ball when it was fired at him in the box.
Having smashed the first penalty high, Higuain rolled the second low to the keeper’s left.
On target: 7-3
Juventus 2-0 Genoa
Juventus kept pace with Roma and Napoli towards the summit of the table with a 2-0 win over Genoa.
Genoa are struggling towards the foot of the table and slipped behind on 23 minutes when Arturo Vidal tucked home a penalty.
The second came on 33 minutes, with Carlos Tevez showing neat feet to create space in the box before firing a low shot beyond Mattia Perin.
On target: 9-0
Passing accuracy: 89%-84%
Parma 3-2 AC Milan
A late goal from Marco Parolo earned Parma a 3-2 win over AC Milan.
Milan rallied from two down to draw level in the second half, but Parolo grabbed the winner for Parma.
It was Parolo who opened the scoring with a low strike on 10 minutes.
A shot from the edge of the area from Antonio Cassano on the stroke of the break had Parma two to the good, but Alessandro Matri gave Milan a lifeline with a goal on 62 minutes.
A minute later, Milan were level as Matias Silvestre headed home, but Parolo popped up with the later winner.
On target: 8-5
Passing accuracy: 74%-84%
Sunday's Other Results
Jose Angel Crespo’s third-minute goal was enough to hand Bologna a 1-0 win over Livorno.
Juan Cuadrado was on target twice to secure a 2-1 win for Fiorentina at Chievo who had led early on through Bostjan Cesar.
Sassuolo earned a battling 0-0 draw at Catania. The point, coupled with Chievo’s loss, lifted them off the foot of the table.
Lazio scored twice in quick succession early in the second half on the way to a 2-0 victory at home to Cagliari on Sunday.
Miroslav Klose, who entered the match as a substitute at half-time, headed in the opener from Antonio Candreva's cross in the 52nd minute. Moments later, Klose won a penalty, which Candreva converted in the 55th minute.
Inter Milan 4-2 Hellas Verona
Inter Milan won 4-2 at home to Hellas Verona on Saturday to climb into fourth place. Verona, who had won three straight matches in the league, fell to fifth.
The teams combined for four goals in an eventful first half. Inter went ahead in the ninth minute through a Vangelis Moras own goal. The Nerazzurri then made it 2-0 just three minutes later when Rodrigo Palacio scored.
Verona pulled one back in the 32nd minute through Raphael Martinho, but Esteban Cambiasso restored Inter's two-goal advantage just six minutes later.
Rolando bundled in Inter's fourth in the 56th minute, and Romulo scored Verona's second 15 minutes later.
On target: 8-4
Sampdoria 1-0 Atalanta
Shkodran Mustafi scored the only goal as Sampdoria won for the second time this season, beating Atalanta 1-0 at home on Saturday.
Mustafi converted a header in the 56th minute for the only goal. Atalanta midfielder Luca Cigarini redirected the ball into the net with his arm; the referee initially showed him a red card and awarded Sampdoria a penalty but relented and instead gave the goal.
Atalanta, who had won three straight matches before Saturday, came close just before half-time, but Cristian Raimondi's header hit the crossbar.
Seven minutes after Sampdoria's goal, Atalanta went down to 10 men as Constantin Nica was sent off for a foul on Eder.
On target: 6-0