26 August 2012

SAMPDORIA 1 (Costa 59)

Attendance : 49,000
Assists : Tissone

LAZIO 1 (Hernanes 17)

Attendance : 15,000
Assists : Mauri

CHIEVO 2 (Pellissier 65, Cruzado 79)

Pellissier met a Cruzado cross with a lovely flick header and the Peruvian midfielder added a second when he made poor contact with a Luciano free kick but nonetheless the ball bounced into the net. Perez was sent off for a two footed foul on Cruzado.

Attendance : 5,000
Red Card : Perez 87 (Bologna)
Assists : Cruzado, Luciano (fk)

GENOA 2 (Merkel 51, Immobile 84)

Jorquera missed a first half penalty but Genoa's blonde bombers sparred his blushes with two second half goals. Merkel punished a mix-up in the Cagliari defence then made the second by heading on a longball which Astori should have cleared, Immobile ran inside two defenders before lashing home his first Serie A goal.

Attendance : 20,000
Assists : n/a, n/a

NAPOLI 3 (Hamsik 48, Maggio 79, Cavani 89)

Hamsik beat Ujkani at his near post with a thumping right foot shot late in first half injury time. A brilliant longball over the top of the Palermo defence released Maggio, he bounced the ball off his chest before slamming in the second. Cavani headed in a Vargas cross at the back post as Napoli surprisingly kept a clean sheet.

Attendance : 20,871
Assists : Maggio, Hamsik, Vargas

INTER 3 (Sneijder 17, Milito 19, Coutinho 81)

Old man Zanetti made a run into the Pescara half before giving the ball to someone who knows what to do with it - Milito, he angled a terrific pass to the back post and Sneijder tapped in. Two minutes later Cassano beat Pescara's offside trap onto a Sneijder pass and pulled back a centre for Milito. Coutinho wrapped up a very, very comfortable victory from a Milito centre.

Inter have spent well in the transfer window but lack cover for Milito.

Attendance : 22,000
Assists : Milito, Cassano, Milito

ROMA 2 (Osvaldo 60, Lopez 91)
CATANIA 2 (Marchese 29, Gomez 69)

Almiron blasted a free kick into the Roma wall, the ball rebounded off Osvaldo and Marchese took a touch before shooting past Stekelenburg. Osvaldo scored a phenomenal equaliser. De Rossi chipped a first time ball high into the box, Osvaldo took a couple of steps backwards before throwing himself in the air and sending a textbook overhead kick into the bottom right corner. It's at least the third overhead kick he's scored. Lodi split a terribly out of shape (positionally not literally) Roma defence with an angled pass to Gomez and he swept the ball into the corner. One of Roma's summer signings, 18 year old Nicolas Lopez, snatched a late equaliser. Bradley floated a ball into the box, the teenager controlled it with his left foot then flicked it over the head of Astori before putting his laces through a volley, another fantastic goal.

Attendance : 36,000
Assists : n/a, De Rossi, Lodi, Bradley


Attendance : 8,261
Assists : n/a

26 August 2012

FIORENTINA 2 (Jovetic 67, Jovetic 91)
UDINESE 1 (Maicosuel 28)

Muriel played a lovely pass inside three defenders for new boy Maicosuel (what sort of a dumb name is that?) to score the opening goal of the campaign. A huge slice of luck got Fiorentina level. Jovetic bounced a Valero cross off his thigh before volleying a shot at goal, Danilo threw himself at the ball, it looped up into the air and dropped over a helpless Brkic. Aquilani, who cost Fiorentina ?2 million (an accurate reflection of his true value) picked out Jovetic with an excellent 50 yard crossfield pass, Jovetic made a half hearted attempt at a stepovers then side footed a shot into the bottom right corner possibly via another deflection.

Attendance : 25,300
Assist : Muriel, n/a, Aquilani

JUVENTUS 2 (Lichtsteiner 55, Pirlo 58 fk)

Mirante saved an awful Vidal penalty. Lichtsteiner tapped in after a strong run and centre down the left by Asamoah. Serie A have introduced a goal-line referee this season and the first one botched an easy call. Pirlo fired a free kick through a wall, Mirante caught the ball on the line and the goal-line referee (GLR) signalled for a goal. Ridiculous call for Juventus and it's only week one.

Attendance : 37,771
Assists : Asamoah, Vidal (won fk)