Juventus finally up and running


Massimiliano Allegri’s struggling Juventus picked up their first Serie A victory of the season with a 2-0 triumph over 10-man Genoa on Sunday.

The Bianconeri were fortunate to break the deadlock in the 37th minute when Paul Pogba’s close-range strike hit the crossbar and the ball bounced off Genoa goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna before going in.

The Grifone suffered a further blow six minutes later when defender Armando Izzo was sent off for a second yellow card.

Pogba then doubled Juve’s lead from the penalty spot on the hour mark after Genoa’s Diogo Figueiras had brought down Giorgio Chiellini in the box.

Mauro Icardi’s first-half strike proved enough for Inter Milan to maintain their 100 per cent start with a 1-0 win over Chievo in Verona.

But Roberto Mancini’s men were fortunate to emerge with the points after finding themselves largely on the back foot against their impressive hosts.

In the late game, a Gonzalo Higuain-inspired Napoli ran riot against Lazio to claim their first win of the season in style.

The Argentinian scored twice with Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and substitute Manolo Gabbiadini compounding Lazio’s misery in a 5-0 thrashing at the San Paolo.

Roma had earlier come from behind twice to snatch a point from a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico.

Giallorossi captain Francesco Totti scored his 300th goal for the club when cancelling out Gregoire Defrel’s opener and although Matteo Politano put Sassuolo back in front, Roma pulled level again through on-loan Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

Eros Pisano scored a last-gasp equaliser as 10-man Hellas Verona held Atalanta to a 1-1 draw in Bergamo.

Atalanta had looked to be on their way to victory after Maximilano Moralez headed Alejandro Gomez’s cross past Hellas goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in the 89th minute.

Verona had lost Bosko Jankovic to a red card 10 minutes earlier.

Khouma Babacar scored for the second straight game to hand Fiorentina a 1-0 triumph over newcomers Carpi while another promoted side, Bologna, picked up their first victory – by the same scoreline as La Viola – thanks to Anthony Mounier’s first-half strike against Frosinone.

Elsewhere, Fabio Quagliarella scored twice in the first half to send Torino on their way to a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria.

Two goals from Carlos Bacca helped AC Milan recover from last weekend’s derby defeat to Inter with a 3-2 Serie A victory over Palermo at San Siro.

The Colombian, signed from Sevilla, flicked home an early opener before Oscar Hiljemark equalised with a header.

Giacomo Bonaventura’s free-kick restored the Rossoneri lead before half-time, but Bacca was needed once again after Hiljemark converted his own brace midway through the second half.

Earlier, Massimo Maccarone scored a stoppage-time winner as Empoli clinched a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.

The Bianconeri were looking for their first home win of the season on Saturday night and Duvan Zapata’s 19th-minute opener put them on the right track as he headed home Antonio Di Natale’s cross.

But substitute Leandro Paredes equalised for Empoli from the penalty spot after Panagiotis Kone was dismissed for bringing him down in the area.

And two minutes into stoppage time, veteran striker Maccarone beat Orestis Karnezis with a right-footed drive after connecting with Riccardo Saponara’s assist.



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