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James Dielhenn On September - 20 - 2010

Serie A Week 3 Round-Up

The start of the season hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Serie A’s biggest clubs.  Inter have stuttered under Rafa Benitez’s management, Milan’s ageing squad looks over the hill, and Juventus’ summer spending spree has yet to pay off.  On just the third week of the season, the pressure was already getting to the underperforming giants, with Roma’s Claudio Ranieri launching an astonishing attack on the media after his own club’s below-par start.

Massimiliano Allegri’s Milan faced Catania at home on Saturday evening, a straightforward fixture for the Rossoneri under normal circumstances, but despite the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho, their form has been poor.  They fell behind to a goal-of-the-season contender from Catania’s left-back Ciro Capuano, but Pippo Inzaghi scored a trademark goal from inside the six-yard box as Milan were held to a 1-1 draw.

Inter, keen to take advantage of their city neighbour’s slip-up, had a tricky away day at Palermo, who hadn’t lost at home in 18 months.  The Sicilians were on course to keep up that record after Josep Ilicic gave them the lead, but a second-half double from Samuel Eto’o gave Benitez’s men a much-needed win to lift them to second in the league.

Juventus finally got their first win of the season after blowing away a lacklustre Udinese.  Two of Luigi Del Neri’s new boys opened the scoring - Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella - before Claudio Marchisio and Vincenzo Iaquinta wrapped up the win, leaving Udinese as the only team with three losses.

Roma should have also got their first three points, only for Bologna’s Marco Di Vaio to score two late goals to overturn Roma’s 2-0 lead and grab a draw.  Marco Borriello and a Matteo Rubin own goal had earlier given Roma a comfortable lead.

Newly-promoted Cesena remain the surprise package.  After trouncing Milan last week, they survived Giuseppe Colucci’s red card to beat Lecce 1-0 with an Erjon Bogdani goal.  The brave newcomers find themselves top of the league after three matches.

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s awful start to life as Fiorentina manager continued as he lost 2-1 at home to Lazio.  Adem Ljajic gave the hosts the lead before Lazio replied through Cristian Ledesma and Libor Kozak.

Chievo lost for the first time as Brescia’s Alessandro Diamanti scored the only goal of the game.  Parma held Genoa to a 1-1 draw, after Cristian Zaccardo cancelled out Luca Toni’s penalty.  There was a thrilling end at Sampdoria, where the hosts took the lead against Napoli with Antonio Cassano’s penalty with just 12 minutes remaining, only for Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani to turn the result around, giving Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri a 2-1 win at his old employers.  Impressive minnows Bari couldn’t find a way past Cagliari, and drew 0-0.

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