Italy: Juventus big winners on Serie A’s opening weekend
It was an eventful start to the new Serie A season in Italy with champions AC Milan coming from behind to gain a useful point at home to Lazio whilst local rivals Internazionale were defeated in an amazing game by four goals to three away at Palermo. Juventus were the big winners of the weekend when putting AC Parma to the sword by four goals to one in the first official league match played at their new Juventus Arena stadium.
The San Siro saw the first action of the new season on Friday night with new signings Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cissé getting on the score sheet in the first twenty minutes for visiting Lazio. However this spurred the home side into action and it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano who the Rossoneri had to thank for giving them a point with the match eventually finishing in a 2-2 draw. Sunday saw Juventus easily defeat AC Parma with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Simone Pepe, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio each scoring for the Old Lady in a 4-1 win with Sebastian Giovinco reducing the arrears from the penalty spot for Parma in stoppage time. An amazing game in Palermo saw the hosts defeat Internazionale 4-3 in a topsy-turvy match. Diego Milito gave Inter the lead twice before being pulled back each time by Fabrizio Miccoli and Abel Hernandez. Palermo then took the lead for the first time as late as the 86th minute with Mauricio Panilla scored twice in three minutes to play his part in setting up a famous win for the Sicilians but Inter did pull one back in the dying moments with new signing Diego Forlan maing it 4-3 in stoppage time.
There were also opening day wins for Cagliari Calcio (2-1 away at AS Roma), Fiorentina (2-0 v Bologna) and Udinese (2-0 v Lecce) whilst six other teams – Catania, Siena, Chievo, Novara, Genoa and Atalanta – began their season by gaining a point in hard-fought draws.