Juventus edge Milan in Serie A weekend round-up

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It was another interesting weekend in the Serie A, with a number of teams looking to continue their fine starts. Without a doubt, the standout fixture of the weekend was AC Milan's clash with champions Juventus, but who came out on top? 

Let's take a look: 

AC Milan 0-1 Juventus

Juventus boosted their hopes of a fourth consecutive Serie A title with a narrow 1-0 win over Filippo Inzaghi’s AC Milan at the San Siro.

Both sides entered the match having amassed six points from their first two games, but Carlos Tevez struck the winner to ensure Massimiliano Allegri leave his former side with all of the points.

Fernando Torres made his debut for the home side after his summer move from Chelsea but was unable to salvage a point for the side.

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Cesena 2-2 Empoli

Empoli demonstrated their strength of character by salvaging a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 with 35 minutes of the match remaining.

Cesena had waltzed to a comfortable lead courtesy of goals from Guido Marilungo and Gregoire Defrel and looked to be heading for a second win from three games before being pegged back in the second half.

Francesco Tavano converted a penalty in the 55th minute – his first goal in Italy’s top flight since April 2010 – before Daniele Rugani blasted home a late leveller to send the away fans into ecstasy.

Chievo 2-3 Parma

A week on from losing a nine-goal thriller to Milan, Parma bounced back with a 3-2 win at Chievo to earn their first win of the season.

Mariano Izco’s opener had delivered an early blow to the visitors, but a brace from stalwart Antonio Cassano either side of a Massimo Coda strike reversed their fortunes.

Alberto Paloschi narrowed the deficit with seven minutes left on the clock, but Parma survived the frantic finish and held on for all three points.

Roma 2-0 Cagliari

Last season’s runners-up Roma continued their flawless start to the season with a 2-0 victory over Cagliari at the Stadio Olympico.

Mere days after thrashing Russian side CSKA Moscow 5-1 in the Champions League, Rudi Garcia’s men were dazzling again with Alessandro Florenzi lighting up the gladiatorial arena.

The 23-year-old provided the opener for Mattia Destro before scoring the second goal himself, yet was bizarrely booked for hugging his grandmother in celebration as they maintained their position as league leaders.

Udinese 1-0 Napoli

Napoli’s poor start to the season continued as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Udinese.

Rafael Benitez’s side were stunned last week by Chievo, and Brazilian defender Danilo consigned them to a second defeat in two weeks with a winner 20 minutes from time.

The Spaniard now faces a huge challenge if his side are to contest for the title, and could be in line for a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United if club chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis loses patience.

Palermo 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter Milan’s indifferent start to the season continued as salvaged a point against a Palmero side still without a victory from their first three games.

Mateo Kovacic was the hero, blasting home from the edge of the box just before half-time in what was his second goal in as many games.

Franco Vasquez had capitalised on an error by Nemanja Vidic to give the home side the lead, with goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino saving a late header from Dani Osvaldo to ensure they head home with a point.

Atalanta 0-1 Fiorentina

Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina recorded a first win at the third time of asking with a slender 1-0 win over Atalanta.

Substitute Jasim Kurtic struck a late free-kick to swing the match their way, with the goal the Croatian’s first for the club.

Micah Richards also made his Serie A debut after his loan move from Manchester City, replacing Manuel Pasqual in the 71st minute.

Genoa 1-0 Lazio

Genoa beat Lazio 1-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to ensure the visitors’ struggles continue.

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij saw red, as Mauricio Pinalla struck late to earn a shock victory.

Lazio will be disappointed having dominated proceedings, and will hope to make amends when they host Udinese on Thursday evening.

Torino 0-1 Verona

Torino continued to struggle without departed duo Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci as they were beaten 1-0 by Verona.

Substitute Artur Ionita scored the winner, moving the away side onto 7 points from their first three games.

The home side are yet to score, and are favourites for relegation following a summer of change over in Turin.

Sassuolo 0-0 Sampdoria

Sassuolo and Sampdoria drew a blank in a dull encounter on Sunday evening.

The result ensured the visitors continue their unbeaten start to the season having previously drawn with Cagliari and beaten Torino.

Sassuolo will visit Montella’s Fiorentina next, whilst Sampdoria will hope to continue their fine start when they host Chievo.

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