Serie A is back!! Another season of Italian awesomess just kicked off this week-end, and here are the results and summaries for matchday 1. Full Video Highlights here.
It was a surprising day 1 in the Italian league.
At the Stadio Olimpico, last year’s second place AS Roma drew 1-1 with Napoli, who had defender Fabiano Santacroce sent off for a second yellow card in the 54th minute. Alberto Aquilani had nudged the ball home for the hosts just before the half hour, after fellow Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi had picked him out in the area. Later however, Marek Hamsik exploited the crossbar-rebound of his own header to level for Napoli, shortly after Santacroce’s sending off.
Meanwhile in San Siro Ronaldinho’s debut was spoiled by Francesco Valiano, blasting the ball home from outside the box in the 79th minute for Bologna. Massimo Ambrosini had equalized for AC Milan, cancelling out Marco Di Vaio’s goal in the first half.
AC Milan 1-2 Bologna Match Report (mCalcio)
Inter Milan were held 1-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday in new coach Jose Mourinho’s league debut. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had opened the score for the visitors (a very contested goal tainted by a handball control), but Gennaro Delvecchio drew things level for Samp later in the second half.
Sampdoria 1-1 Inter Milan Match Report (mCalcio)
Juventus kicked off their campaign at fierce rivals Fiorentina in the evening game on Sunday, settling for the draw as Pavel Nedved’s 39th minute opener was cancelled by Alberto Gilardino in the dying minutes.
Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus Match Report (mCalcio)
In Sunday’s other matches, Torino beat Lecce 3-0 in Turin, Lazio came from behind to beat 10-man Cagliari 4-1 in Sardinia, Atalanta and Catania secured 1-0 home wins over Siena and Genoa, and Chievo beat Reggina 2-1 in Verona. Those teams join Bologna and Udinese, who beat Palermo 3-1 in their opening game on Saturday, at the top of Serie A.
GOALS of the WEEK
Phew! Man did I miss Serie A this summer. I mean sure Euro 2008 was nice (actually, it was not), but it lacked a high enough concentration of really spectacular goals. Thank God for Antonio Di Natale (the “Fall” version… WHY he couldn’t do it in June still eludes me)…
- Hamsik‘s bicycle-kick (Roma-Napoli)
- Zarate‘s chipped shot (Cagliari-Lazio)
- Valiani‘s top-corner ripper (Milan-Bologna)
- Di Vaio‘s drilling shot after a good collective move (Milan-Bologna)
- Padoin‘s header after another good collective move (Atalanta-Siena)
- Aquilani‘s half-bicycle after a good chest control (Roma-Napoli)
- Di Natale‘s double (no comments necessary) (Udinese-Palermo)
- Ibrahimovic‘s chested control and finish (Sampdoria-Inter)
This week, the goal-of-the-week award was a tough choice. Francesco Valiani’s match-winner against Milan was a pure beauty, but everyone loves a touch of class. And in cases like this one, class outranks a powerful top-corner drive.
Antonio Di Natale shows us how:
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