Serie A: Matchday four round-up

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Serie A’s fourth round of fixtures saw Milan held by a stubborn Empoli, Juventus and Roma maintain their unbeaten start to the season and Rafael Benitez’s troubles with Napoli continue. For all the details, read on below. 

Empoli 2-2 AC Milan

AC Milan recovered from a two-goal deficit to earn a point away at Empoli on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres scored his first Serie A goal to lead the fightback, guiding a header into the top hand corner after goals from Lorenzo Tonelli and Manuel Pucciarelli had the Rossonieri facing a second consecutive defeat.

Keisuke Honda struck the leveller in the 57th minute, yet despite midfielder Mirko Valdifiori seeing red the visitors could not capitalise and turn one point into three.

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Fiorentina 0-0 Sassuolo

Fiorentina’s stuttering start to the season continued as they were held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo.

Borja Valero and Juan Cuadrado struck the woodwork as the home side were stifled throughout the entire contest.

The result means they have just five points from their first four games, and will look for an upturn in fortune when they face Torino on Sunday.

Inter Milan 2-0 Atalanta

Inter Milan breezed past Atalanta at the San Siro to propel themselves to fourth place in the table.

Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo opened the scoring with a stunning acrobatic effort mere moments before the interval, with Brazilian international Hernanes sealing the win with a late free kick that went in via the post.

It was Osvaldo’s third goal for the Italian giants and the latest indication that the 28-year-old is willing to put his Premier League misery behind him after a lacklustre time in England last term.

Verona 2-2 Genoa

Verona and Genoa played out a four-goal thriller at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Wednesday evening.

Genoa had initially raced into a 2-0 lead courtesy of a brace from Alessandro Matri, but saw victory snatched from their grasp by a stunning second-half rally from the home side.

Panagiotis Tachtsidis pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, with Artur Ionita levelling by diverting a cross from Luca Toni into the net with around 25 minutes remaining.

Cagliari 1-2 Torino

Torino bounced off the bottom of the table with a vital win away at Cagliari.

Former Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella was the hero, blasting in to earn all three points after an even encounter.

Andrea Cossu had given the away side the lead early on only for Kamil Glik to level before Quagliarella netted to snatch all of the points.

Sampdoria 2-1 Chievo

Sampdoria jumped up to fifth in the table with a 2-1 win over Chievo at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Wednesday evening.

Defenders Daniele Gastaldello and Alessio Romagnoli scored to have the home side cruising before Chievo’s Alberto Paloschi forced a frantic finish.

The win ensures they maintain their unbeaten start to the season and close the gap on leaders Juventus to four points.

Napoli 3-3 Palermo

Napoli’s early season woe continued as they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 at home to Palermo.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Duvan Zapata had the hosts’ in cruise control, before Andrea Belotti and Franco Vazquez levelled things up.

Former Real Madrid striker Jose Callejon restored Napoli’s lead, but Belotti struck again to ensure the visitor’s did not leave the Stadio San Paolo empty-handed.

Juventus 3-0 Cesena

Manchester United transfer target Arturo Vidal scored twice as Juventus consolidated their status as league leaders with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Cesena in Turin.

The Chilean converted an early spot-kick before doubling the lead in the 64th minute, with Stephan Lichsteiner adding a third late on.

The result also made Serie A history as Massimiliano Allegri’s side became the first team to win their opening four matches without conceding a goal.

Parma 1-2 Roma

Rudi Garcia’s Roma side continued their flawless start with a 2-1 win away at Parma courtesy of a late winner from Miralem Pjanic.

With time running out the 24-year-old curled in a stunning free-kick to ensure they join leaders Juventus on 12 points at the top of the table.

Parma had looked to have secured a draw through Paolo De Ceglie after Adem Ljajic’s early goal, but Garcia’s team scored late to ensure they host Verona with their 100% record intact.

Lazio 0-1 Udinese

Lazio were thrust closer towards the relegation zone after being gunned down by Udinese at the Stadio Olympico.

Cyril Thereau scored the only goal of the game to propel the away side up to the dizzying heights of third in the table.

Lazio will face Palermo on Monday evening with Udinese facing a dispirited Parma on the same day.

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