A quick run-down of the first weekend of Serie A...
Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese
The first half was simply dire, with Juve failing to look at all like a team that had won the scudetto just a few short months ago. Then again, last season's Old Lady often looked like a team that shouldn't have won the title, so I guess it wasn't that surprising. The referee awarded a harsh penalty to Parma over a foul on Stephan Lichtsteiner, but Arturo Vidal compensating by putting forth a dreadful penalty kick. But Lichtsteiner got his own with a tap-in in the second half, opening Juve's season account. The second goal was much more controversial, as replays showed Andrea Pirlo's free kick didn't quite cross the goal line as Antonio Mirante scooped up the ball.
Sampdoria, fresh from Serie B, came away from the San Siro with a not-too-surprising win. Read all about it.
Catania took a surprise lead at the Olimpico through Giovanni Marchese, who pounced on a deflected ball. It's likely he was offside, but the Sicilians won't let that bother them. The Roma side in the first half looked miles away from a typical Zdenek Zeman side, off the pace and unsure in attack. But the Czech must've given them a rollicking at the break, as they came out looking like another team, and Pablo Osvaldo managed a fantastic overhead kick for the equaliser within 15 minutes. But Catania weren't quite willing to play the loser, and hit Roma hard on the counter, slicing open the giallorossi defence to create space for Alejandro Gomez to score. Roma waited until extra time to give back, but they found their second through Nicolas Lopez -- and only the bar prevented Catania from a third and all three points.
The only goal in Bergamo occurred early, with Lazio springing through Atalanta on a quick counterattack. Miroslav Klose and Stefano Mauri worked together, giving Hernanes the opportunity to knock in from close range. Maxi Moralez and German Denis both did their best to find an equaliser, but in the end all the points went to the visitors.
Chievo Verona 2-0 Bologna
Genoa were the first home side to score on Sunday in Serie A, at 51 minutes in through Alexander Merkel. That's your fact of the day! Also, Genoa were the first to miss a PK on Sunday. So many firsts! Speaking of firsts, a more exciting one -- Ciro Immobile's first goal in Serie A cemented Genoa's win.
The first half looked doomed to be marked by miss chances on both sides, although Edinson Cavani's miss from nearly inside the goal had to be the worst. But Marek Hamsik stepped up to save the visitors, bending his shot in toward the near post for a perfect goal just before the break. The Slovak deserves some credit for the second goal as well, as it was his cross that Christian Maggio controlled perfectly, chesting it down and easily getting behind the Palermo defence to slide in the ball. It was El Matador -- who else -- for Napoli's third, with an assist from the rarely-seen Eduardo Vargas. Here's hoping that'll get him some more action.
Pescara 0-3 Inter Milan
Milan just might be regretting letting go of Antonio Cassano, as he already seems settled and happy with their rivals, finding a comfortable partnership with Wesley Sneijder and assisting in Diego Milito for Inter's second goal. The first came courtesy of Sneijder, who tapped in a lovely cross-field pass from Milito. Milito was involved yet again in the third goal, scored by Philippe Coutinho. Who says the nerazzurri are growing too old and stale? Well, this observer for one, but she's ok with being proved wrong.
Yep...this game happened.