Serie A Round 2

A very entertaining round, with 43 goals scored in 10 matches, which is a lot for Italy. Napoli, Inter, and Roma combined have netted ten times. All three clubs enter the season with new coaches (Rafa Benitez, Walter Mazzarri, and Rudi Garcia, respectively) and have title ambitions. It’s too early in the season to tell how solid these ambitions are, but one thing for sure: none of the outfits are expected to have any problems with the attack.

Aug 31, 2013

Chievo 2 – 4 Napoli
Paloschi 24, 40 – Hamsik 13, 64, Callejon 28, Higuain 70

Juventus 4 – 1 Lazio
Vidal 14, 27, Vucinic 49, Tevez 78 – Klose 28
Sent off: Hernanes 63 (Lazio, second yellow for a stupid handball)

Juve have crushed Lazio for the second time this August, the first win was a 4-0 thrashing in Supercoppa. The champions are enjoying excellent form and are aiming for their third scudetto in a row.

Sep 1, 2013

Roma 3 – 0 Verona
Cacciatore 56 og, Pjanic 59, Ljajic 66

Cacciatore diverted Maicon’s cross from the right into the own net. Pjanic scored the goal of the season so far, he lobbed Rafael from some 20 meters, fantastic. I never rated Pjanic as a particularly useful player but Rudi Garcia apparently is of different opinion as the coach is very happy to have him in midfield; if the Bosnian continues to score goals like that I’m going to have to concede I misjudged him. New signing Ljajic scored on his Roma debut soon after coming on as a sub, it was a great shot from outside the area.

Atalanta 2 – 0 Torino
Stendardo 57, Lucchini 81

Torino were clearly the better side, wasted about half a dozen chances, and were eventually punished by two second half goals which both came from set pieces.

Bologna 2 – 2 Sampdoria
Moscardelli 41, Kone 64 – Eder 25, Gabbiadini 71

Neither side bothered too much about defending, so the score should have been something like 5-5 really.

Catania 0 – 3 Inter
Palacio 19, Nagatomo 56, Alvarez 80

Genoa 2 – 5 Fiorentina
Gilardino 54, Lodi 60 pen – Aquilani 11, Giuseppe Rossi 14, 56, Mario Gomez 41, 90+2 pen
Sent off: Sampirisi 90+1 (Genoa, second yellow)

Milan 3 – 1 Cagliari
Robinho 8, Mexes 30, Balotelli 62 – Sau 33

Sassuolo 1 – 4 Livorno
Zaza 67 – Greco 44, Emeghara 69, 86 pen, Paulinho 75

Two Serie B sides played some Serie B football. Awful. The league doesn’t really need 20 teams because the quality of football suffers. Innocent Emeghara is good enough for the top flight though, in fact he’s excellent.

Udinese 3 – 1 Parma
Agyemang-Badu 11, Heurtaux 72, Muriel 89 pen – Cassano 84

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