AC Milan claim victory over Parma in nine-goal thriller

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Sunday’s Serie A action saw goals galore as both Milan clubs hit big and Napoli were stunned at home by lowly Chievo.

After waltzing to an impressive 3-1 victory over Lazio prior to the international break, Filippo Inzaghi’s AC Milan travelled to Parma hoping to make it two wins from two games.

Inter welcomed lowly Sassuolo to the San Siro after drawing a blank against Torino in their opening game, with Torino themselves heading to Sampdoria looking for a first victory of the season.

Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina hosted Genoa following a blitzing by Roma on Matchday one, with Cagliari and Lazio playing at home to Atalanta and Cesena.

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Parma 4-5 AC Milan

Milan emerged from Parma battle-worn yet victorious with a 5-4 win that saw them head to the summit of Serie A.

After former Milan striker Antonio Cassano had cancelled out Giacomo Bonaventura’s opener, a Keisuke Honda header and a Jeremy Menez penalty looked to have the away side cruising to another comfortable victory.

The hosts’ then saw hope restored through Felipe’s close-range finish and a sending-off for Milan’s Daniele Bonera, but Nigel De Jong’s goal restored Milan’s two-goal lead in the 68th minute.

Alessandro Lucarelli’s header provided reason for optimism momentarily, but Felipe’s red card evened up the numbers and Menez scored his second of the game to put it to bed once and for all.

A strange own goal from Mattia De Sciglio one that injured Diego Lopez in the process - made for a frantic finale, but all three points were heading back to the San Siro with Inzaghi and his troops.

Inter Milan 7-0 Sassuolo

Inter hit seven goals past a struggling Sassuolo to give them a first win of the season at the second attempt.

Mauro Icardi was the star of the show, firing a hat-trick to enhance his reputation further after being trailed by Liverpool in the summer, with Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo also scoring his first brace in Inter colours.

Manchester United and Tottenham target Fredy Guarin also got on the scoresheet, scoring the final goal of the evening after replacing the scorer of the second – Mateo Kovacic – in a win that will bolster their hopes of a first league title since 2010 when Jose Mourinho was at the helm.

Napoli 0-1 Chievo

Rafael Benitez’s Napoli saw their Scudetto hopes dashed with a shock 1-0 defeat to Chievo in Naples.

Former Barcelona striker Maxi Lopez struck the winner but goalkeeper Francesco Bardi was the man of the match, saving a Gonzalo Higuain spot-kick and denying Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon throughout the game.

It is also a result that further heaps the pressure on the struggling Spanish manager, with Montella and Roberto Mancini in contention for the role if Benitez is sacked in the coming weeks.

Fiorentina 0-0 Genoa

Montella’s team continued their slow and sluggish start to the season after being held at home to Genoa.

Facundo Roncaglia saw red late on for the away side long after Alberto Aquilani, Juan Cuadrado and Borja Valero had spurned chances for La Viola on yet another frustrating afternoon.

Lazio 3-0 Cesena

Lazio responded to last week’s drubbing from Milan with a comfortable 3-0 victory over newly-promoted Cesena at the Stadio Olympico.

Antonio Candreva gave the hosts’ the lead in the first half, and then provided the assist for Marco Parolo to double their lead.

Substitute Stefano Mauri came off the bench to add gloss to the victory with a well-taken strike in injury time.

Cagliari 1-2 Atalanta

Atalanta earned their first three points of the season with a 2-1 win over Cagliari.

After being held to a goalless draw by Verona in their opening game of the season, it will come as a welcome relief to manager Zdenek Zeman as he sets about keeping them in the division for yet another year.

A Marcelo Estigarribia own goal gave the visitors the lead, which was then doubled courtesy of Richmond Boakure halfway through the second half.

Andrea Cossu scored late on to force a nervy final few minutes, but it was ultimately not enough as the away side departed with all of the points.

Sampdoria 2-0 Torino

Sampdoria picked up a first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 triumph over last season’s surprise package Torino.

Manolo Gabbiadini and ex-Fulham striker Stefano Okaka scored the goals to leave the visitors’ with just a solitary point from their opening two games.

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