Title holders Juventus kept up their 100% record in Serie A with a 3-1 victory away to Genoa this weekend, despite going 1-0 down. Immobile decided not to live upto his name as he found some space in the box to put Genoa ahead in the 18th minute, before a second half rally from ‘the Old Lady’ secured the 3 points. In the 60th minute, Genoa’s Bertolacci somehow fired straight at Buffon in a one-on-one, allowing Juve to break up the pitch to equalise with Giaccherini’s thunderous strike from the edge of the area giving Frey no chance. Mirko Vucinic made it 2-1 with a clinical penalty in the 78th minute, and Asamoah put the result beyond doubt with 6 minutes to go, tapping in after some good work down the right from Vucinic.
Atalanta pulled off the shock of Week 3, claiming all 3 points in a 1-0 victory against AC Milan at the San Siro. Atalanta had chances to take the lead in the first half, hitting the post with a good effort from 15 yards out, but they scored the winner in the 64th minute. Cigarini was laid-off before driving a left footed effort across goal into the bottom corner from outside the box, consigning AC to their second defeat in 3 games. Milan pushed for the equaliser, Boateng and Pazzini both came close, but the main bright spark for them was the performance of Stephan El Shaarawy. The teenager caused the Atalanta back four plenty of problems and had several efforts on target, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Roma found themselves two goals up early on at home to Bologna, before deciding to collapse and give Bologna the 3 points in a sensational turnaround. Florenzi headed in a re-bound after Francesco Totti’s fantastic 30 yard effort struck the post, and Lamela doubled that lead on 16 minutes, cutting in and curling a shot in off the upright. In a whirlwind last 20 minutes, Bologna turned the game on its head. Gilardino netted the first of a brace with a looping header, then only one minute later the ‘West Ham reject’ Alessandro Diamanti finished extremely well with his trusty left foot. Gilardino completed the comeback in the final minute, stabbing home after a horrible mix-up between Stekelenburg and Burdisso.
After tearing Scotland to shreds last Tuesday, Goran Pandev proceeded to do the same to poor Parma in Napoli’s 3-1 victory. A brilliant performance from the Macedonian was a huge factor in his side’s win in which he contributed a goal, an assist and also won the 3rd minute penalty which was duly converted by Edison Cavani to settle any nerves. Pandev buried the second from close range in the 39th minute, before Parma pulled one back on the stroke of half-time. Insigne coolly finished a one-on-one in the 77th minute to effectively finish the game (in-between several Edison Cavani missed sitters) and to give Napoli 3 wins out of 3.
Elsewhere, Lazio breezed past Chievo 3-1 to keep up their perfect start to the season. Hernanes twice finished brilliantly, either side of Klose’s tap in, to give them 9 points out of 9. Sampdoria also secured their third victory in three games by beating Pescara 3-2, but are only on 8 points after being slapped with a 1 point penalty for being cheats. A Maxi Lopez double along with Estigarribia’s goal won the 3 points for Sampdoria, with Pescara replying through Rangers legend Mervan Celik and Caprari. Pescara remain pointless, but are off the bottom of the table due to Siena being on -4 points, also for being cheats. Siena do however, have at least drawn twice, the most recent one chalked up at home to Udinese after coming back from 2-0 down. Basta and Di Natale put Udinese 2-0 up after 5 minutes, but Calaio and Ze Eduardo scored late on to ruin Udinese fans’ evenings. Steven Jovetic and Luca Toni ensured it was a comfortable afternoon for Fiorentina at home to Catania as the pair both netted in a 2-0 win, whilst inconsistent Inter triumphed by the same scoreline away to Torino. Rocky Balboa’s doppelganger Diego Milito delivered a knockout blow to the home side in the 13th minute, thundering in a shot from 25 yards, and Antonio Cassano rounded off the win in the 83rd minute with a smart turn and finish, although a mixture of poor form from the Torino frontmen and good form from Samir handanovic went a long way to helping Inter to the win. Palermo and Cagliari shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw, Cagliari equalising in the 88th minute through Sau, cancelling out an excellent opener from Arevalo.
Juventus, Napoli and Lazio top the table on 9 points a piece, with Sampdoria hot on their heels on 8. Inter and Fiorentina are slightly off the pace on 6, but further back are Roma and AC Milan who are 7th and 11th respectively. Catania, Torino and Genoa sit in mid table among other teams but Palermo and Udinese still search for their first win after a draw and two losses each.