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Only 17 goals were scored in the 10 games over the weekend but Inter Milan, AC Milan AS Roma and Siena picked up their first wins of the season. Juventus and Udinese end the week as joint leaders being separated by only goal difference. Here is the round up of the weekend’s results

Atalanta 2-1 Novara

Atalanta fine run continue as they dispatched Novara on Sunday afternoon. Ezequiel Schelotto broke the deadlock just past the half hour when Giampaolo Bellini cross found Schelotto free to head home. Atalanta 2nd came just before the hour when Luca Cigarini hit an absolute rocket of an effort that left the Novara keeper rooted to the spot. Novara pulled one back with minutes remaining as Filippo Pocari shot caught the Atalanta keeper off guard. Novara thought they equalised in stoppage time but Granoche effort was chalked off for offside.

Bologna 1-3 Inter Milan

The Claudio Ranieri reign as Inter Milan manager got off to the perfect start with a 3-1 away win at Bologna. Inter broke the deadlock 7 minutes before the half time interval as a powerful strike from outside of the area by Giampaolo Pazzini was parried into the back of the net by Jean Francois-Gillet. Bologna equalised on the hour from the penalty spot as Walter Samuel brought down Daniele Portanova. Alessandro Diamanti stepped up and converted. In the final ten minutes Inter struck twice, first Diego Milito converted a penalty after being brought down by Archimede Morleo who was sent off. Then with five minutes remaining Lucio headed home from a Sulley Muntari free kick.

Cagliari 0-0 Udinese

Udinese unbeaten record is still intact after a goalless draw away at Cagliari. Udinese were the better side and tested Agazzi on more than one occasion. Both Kwadwo Asamoah and Antonio Di Natale were thwarted by the Italian keeper. Michele Agazzi also had to be at his best to deny Gabriel Torje header. At the other end Samir Hanadanovic had to be on his toes to deny Thiago Ribero and Daniele Conti.

Catania 1-1 Juventus

Juventus had to fight back from 1-0 down to claim the spoils but still lead the table on goal difference. Catania took the lead after 22 minutes as Gonzalo Bergessio slid home from close range to give the Sicilians the lead. Juventus equalised just after the break and it was Milos Krasic with the strike whose effort was poorly handled by Mariano Andujar who parried in it, poor goalkeeping.

Chievo 2-1 Genoa

Chievo fought back from one goal down and won the game thanks to a late Davide Moscardelli strike in injury time. Genoa took the lead just after the interval and it was star man Rodrigo Palacio with the goal as Jorquera fed the striker in who beat Sorrentino with an angle drive. Chievo had a chance to get back into the game as Sergio Pellissier was brought down by Dario Dainelli who was then sent off. Pellissier stepped up but his penalty was well saved by Sebastian Frey. With 15 minutes to go Sergio Pellissier headed home from close range to give Chievo the equaliser. Then 3 minutes into stoppage time Chievo grabbed the winner as Sardo crossed in for a diving Davide Moscardelli who headed home from close range.

Lazio 0-0 Palermo

Both teams created plenty of chances but failed as the game ended goalless. Mauricio Pinilla thought he opened the scoring early on for Palermo but he was flagged offside. Both goalkeepers pulled of some fantastic saves. Federico Marchetti denied Abel Hernandez and Josip Illicic. While the Greek keepers Tzorvas done well to deny Hernanes on more than one occasion.

AC Milan 1-0 Cesena
AC Milan got their first win of the season thanks to an early goal from Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf. The only goal of the game after 5 minutes and what a goal by Clarence Seedorf who picked up the ball from the left and curled in a beautiful effort past the Cesena keeper.

Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina

The third 0-0 of the week’s action as Fiorentina held Napoli to a stalemate in Naples. Alessio Cerci was the star man for the away side as he was at the heart of most of Fiorentina attacks. Cerci crossed in for Gianni Munari who just failed to get contact. The Italian wingers also set up Jovetic who failed to get on to it, from the follow up Riccardo Montolivo has his effort well saved by Morgan De Sanctis. Gokhan Inler was brilliantly denied by Artur Boruc after his thunderbolt was parried away for a corner.

Parma 0-1 Roma

Luis Enrique got his first win of the season as Roma manager as their excellent record at the Stadio Tardini continues. The only goal of the game came five minutes into the second half. As Aleandro Rosi crossed in from the right hand side and Pablo Osvaldo header squeezed into the bottom corner past a diving Mirante in the Parma goal.

Siena 3-0 Lecce

Siena got their first win of the season by thrashing relegation candidates Lecce 3-0. The opening goal of game came after 6 minutes when Gaetano D’Agostino crossed in for Mattia Destro to head home. Siena then doubled their lead 7 minutes after the interval and it was veteran striker Emmanuele Calaio who got the goal after being fed in by Mattia Destro to make it 2-0. The third game with 20 minutes remaining as Julio Sergio cleared the ball after on rushing out to deny Mattia Destro, the ball fell to Calaio who lobbed the stranded goalkeeper.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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