Chievo surprise Serie A leaders
Chievo are the surprise leaders of Serie A - and the only club to have a 100 per cent record after two games - after a 3-1 victory at Genoa on Sunday.
Mattia Destro scored on his Serie A debut for Genoa after six minutes and it looked like it would be a comprehensive win for the home team as they wasted numerous chances in the first half an hour, but the Verona-based side responded well. Davide Moscardelli brought them level on the stroke of half-time and further goals from Michele Marcolini and Sergio Pellissier in the second half earned them a deserved win which could even have been greater, had they taken their chances.
Sampdoria are amongst a clutch of teams with four points after an entertaining 3-3 draw at Juventus. Luigi Del Neri's Juve, who went down 1-0 at Bari in their opener a fortnight ago, trailed to Nicola Pozzi's 36th-minute strike but got back on terms through Claudio Marchisio two minutes before the break. Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella netted further goals for Juve after the interval but on each occasion they were cancelled out, first by Antonio Cassano and then by Pozzi again.
Bari have also made a strong start, following up their win over Juve with a 2-2 draw at Napoli. Paulo Barreto put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, but Edison Cavani levelled for the home side after half an hour. Paolo Cannavaro thought he had won it late on for Napoli, but Jose Castillo silenced the fans inside the Stadio San Paolo with an equaliser within a minute.
La Viola shocked
Lecce bounced back from their 4-0 mauling at AC Milan with a 1-0 defeat of Fiorentina - David Di Michele netting the only goal - while Brescia edged out Palermo 3-2. Simone Dallamano put Brescia in front early only for Javier Pastore to equalise midway through the first half. Eder restored the hosts' advantage and an Andrea Caracciolo penalty after he had been felled in the area by Palermo's Ezequiel Munoz made it 3-1. Federico Balzaretti reduced the arrears with seven minutes remaining but Brescia held on for their first points of the campaign.
Lazio fended off a late Bologna comeback to record a 3-1 win. Stefano Mauri and Tommaso Rocchi had given the Romans what seemed like an unassailable lead with strikes in the second half. But when Gaby Mudingayi clawed one back for the visitors with 12 minutes remaining it set up a frantic finish.
The Rossoblu surged forward in search of an equaliser. The best opportunity of all fell to substitute Daniele Paponi who, in the 88th minute, headed over the bar Luca Siligardi's dangerous cross. Lazio put the game beyond doubt when Hernanes struck from the penalty spot deep in stoppage time after Daniele Portanova had brought down substitute Libor Kozak inside the area.
Catania earned their first points of the season courtesy of two penalties against Parma. Giuseppe Mascara converted the first in the 12th minute after Massimo Paci brought down Nicolas Spolli and Mirko Antenucci fired home the second eight minutes from time after being fouled by the hapless Paci. Sebastian Giovinco got a late goal back for Parma but they came away empty-handed and even had Alessandro Lucarelli sent off in injury time.