The 2016/17 Serie A season has finally taken off, with almost all the traditional teams picking up wins. Defending champions Juventus may have lost Paul Pogba, but they started the season with a win, so also did Roma, AC Milan and Lazio. Here our Serie A review for the new season begins.
Chievo v Inter
Frankl De Boer’s reign as the Inter Milan boss started on a rather poor note, as his side went down 2-0 to Chievo in Verona. A brace by former AC Milan forward Valter Birsa condemned Inter to an opening day defeat. How the Nerazzurri lost the game remains an irony seeing how much they dominated play and created more chances. De Boer must be hoping for improvements next weekend.
AC Milan v Torino
Unlike their neighbours and rivals, Milan had no opening day hangovers, as they went past Torino in a 4-3 thriller at the San Siro. Carlos Bacca opened scoring for the Rosonerri in the 38th minute, but Torino leveled shortly after the restart. Bacca then put Milan in front again just two minutes later, and then completed his hat-trick from the spot in the 6nd minute. Torino grabbed what proved to be a consolation in stoppage time, and there was enough time for Gabriel Paletta to be sent off, which ensured Milan finished with 10 men.
Atalanta v Lazio
Here comes another seven-goal thriller, but it all seemed to be going one way after 33 minutes, with Lazio already three goals up. A second half resurgence by the hosts saw them saw two goals in the 63rd and 67th minutes respectively, to reduce the deficit. Lazio then secured the win in the 89th minute, but Atalanta refused to go down without a fight as they still had enough time to pull one back.
Bologna v Crotone
Not the most glamorous fixture, but Bologna wouldn’t mind, as all they will think about are the three points they secured. Mattia Destro’s goal was enough to ensure the newly promoted Crotone started the season with a loss.
Empoli v Sampdoria
The hosts ended the game with 10 men as veteran striker Massimo Maccarone was sent off late in the game. It was however a lost battle already at the time, as Luis Muriel’s 37th minute goal was enough to ensure an opening day win for Sampdoria.
Genoa v Cagliari
When Marco Boriello scored for Cagliari in the 66th minute, it must have seemed like they were onto something massive. Goals from Oliver Ntcham, Diego Laxalt and Luca Rigoni however changed whatever fairytale ending the visitors might have been expecting.
Palermo v Sassuolo
Another game that produced a red card, but it was all over by the 31st minute as Domenico Berardi’s strike sealed an opening day win for last season’s surprise packages, Sassuolo. Palermo were reduced to 10 towards the end, but it had no real effect on the outcome.
Pescara v Napoli
Last season’s runners-up Napoli began the season with a 2-2 away draw at newly promoted Pescara. It wasn’t always that straightforward for Napoli however, as first half goals by Ahmad Benali and Gianluca Caprari looked like condemning them to an opening day defeat, but a Dreis Mertens’ brace ensured the club from Naples ended the game with some respect.
Roma v Udinese
This was pretty straightforward, wasn’t it? All the goals came in the second half as Daniel Perotti converted two penalties for Edin Dzeko and Mohammed Salah completed the 4-0 rout. Udinese must be wondering what hit them after keeping a clean sheet in the first half.
Juventus v Fiorentina
The defending champions were back in business over the weekend and while it wasn’t emphatic win like Roma recorded, Massimiliano Allegri must still be mighty pleased, especially seeing as new signing Gonzalo Higuain was opened his account for the club. Sami Khedira had earlier given the Old Lady the lead, but Nikola Kalinic level before Higuain scored the winner.
The table as it stands after the first week of Serie A action in the 206/17 season: