Serie A Results: Analysis for Roma vs. Lazio and All Weekend's Matches

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

Serie A Results: Analysis for Roma vs. Lazio and All Weekend's Matches

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    The Serie A weekend kicked off with three games on Saturday evening, headed by Sampdoria's trip to Cagliari.

    The intensity ramps up on Sunday with some mouthwatering games including the Rome derby between Roma and Lazio, while AC Milan host Rafa Benitez's Napoli in the evening game.

    Bleacher Report will keep you updated on all the results, so keep checking back right here throughout the weekend.

Roma 2-0 Lazio

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    Federico Balzaretti and Adem Ljajic scored as Roma broke a four-match winless streak against rivals Lazio in the Derby della Capitale. With the victory, Roma maintained their 100 percent start to the season and stayed atop the table with 12 points from four matches.

    After a scoreless first half, Balzaretti volleyed Roma ahead in the 63rd minute. Francesco Totti—who signed a new deal with Roma last week—recorded the assist, passing from deep on the right following a corner.

    Ljajic made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in stoppage time after Lazio's Cristian Ledesma was whistled for a foul in the box. Lazio substitute Andre Dias drew a red card for a foul 10 minutes from time.

    Lazio failed to record a shot on target.

     

    Statistics via WhoScored.com:

    Shots: 18-8

    On target: 5-0

    Passing: 87%-73%

    Possession: 65%-35%

AC Milan 1-2 Napoli

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    Napoli stayed perfect on the season with a 2-1 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Sunday. Miguel Britos and Gonzalo Higuain scored for the visitors, and Pepe Reina saved a penalty.

    Britos put Napoli ahead in the sixth minute as the visitors converted a set-piece opportunity. Higuain doubled the lead early in the second half, assisted by Juan Zuniga. Higuain has scored in four straight matches in all competitions.

    Reina then saved a penalty by Mario Balotelli in the 61st minute. It was the first penalty miss of Balotelli's senior career.

    Balotelli pulled one back for Milan in second-half stoppage time with a beautiful curling strike, but Napoli held on for three points.

    Napoli are second, level on points with leaders Roma, who have a superior goal-differential. Milan are 11th after losing for the second time this season in four matches.

Sassuolo 0-7 Inter Milan

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    Argentine players scored five of the seven goals as Inter Milan routed hosts Sassuolo 7-0 on Sunday.

    Diego Milito scored twice in his first match following a seven-month injury layoff, and Rodrigo Palacio, Ricky Alvarez and Esteban Cambiasso added one each.

    Palacio put Inter ahead in the seventh minute, turning in Yuto Nagatomo's cross as the visitors broke forward quickly. Saphir Sliti Taider made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute, tapping home after Palacio's initial shot was saved.

    Sassuolo's Raffaele Pucino scored in his own net 10 minutes later to give Inter a 3-0 advantage at half-time. After the break, Alvarez tapped in for 4-0 in the 53rd minute after Palacio's shot was parried.

    Ricky turned provided 10 minutes later, setting up Milito's first after fine work in the box. Esteban Cambiasso curled in a shot from outside the box in the 75th minute for 6-0, and Milito finished the rout eight minutes later with a close-range finish from Fredy Guarin's pass.

    The victory sent Inter second, two points behind leaders Roma. Sassuolo remain bottom with no points.

     

    Stats via WhoScored.com:

    Shots: 7-23

    On target: 4-11

    Passing: 86%-90%

    Possession: 40%-60%

Juventus 2-1 Hellas Verona

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    Hosts Juventus came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 2-1 and remain two points behind early leaders Roma. The victory provided a good ending to a disappointing week for Juve, who previously drew with Inter Milan in the league and Copenhagen in the Champions League.

    Fabrizio Cacciatore gave Verona a shock lead in the 36th minute, but Carlos Tevez brought Juve level with a powerful, angled shot four minutes later.

    Fernando Llorente completed the turnaround with a header—his first goal for his new club—in the 45th minute from Arturo Vidal's cross.

    Paul Pogba hit the bar in the second half for Juventus, who failed to find a third goal despite taking 35 shots.

    Verona were looking for a second marquee victory of the season after beating AC Milan on opening day.

     

    Statistics via WhoScored.com:

    Shots: 35-4

    On target: 15-1

    Passing: 87%-77%

    Possession: 62%-38%

Udinese 1-0 Genoa

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    Udinese put an end to a two-game losing skid in Tuesday’s lone Serie A match, beating Genoa 1-0 at home and moving up to seventh in the table.

    Having settled nicely into the encounter, Udinese quite nearly took the lead midway through the first half when Maicosuel narrowly missed the target after being played through by teammate Allan Loureiro.

    Antonio Di Natale—the long-time Udinese striker—had a goal disallowed for offside in the 30th minute, and shortly before the break he quite nearly opened the scoring but was denied by Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

    As it turned out it was a Genoa own-goal that proved the only item on the scoresheet on this night. With just 11 minutes remaining substitute Emanuele Calaio accidentally redirected Di Natale’s free-kick past Perin for what proved the Udinese winner.

    Shots: 14-7

    On target: 4-1

    Passing: 83%-77%

    Possession: 58%-42%

Sunday's Other Games

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    Catania 0-0 Parma

    Catania and Parma played out a scoreless draw, leaving both teams in the relegation zone.

    Hosts Catania collected first point of the season, while Parma picked up their second..

     

    Atalanta 0-2 Fiorentina

    Fiorentina remained two points behind early leaders Roma with a 2-0 win at Atalanta.

    Matias Fernandez put the visitors ahead in the 41st minute, and Giuseppe Rossi made it 2-0 in the 69th. 

    Atalanta out-shot Fiorentina 16-12 but hit the target only twice.

     

    Bologna 1-2 Torino

    Danilo D'Ambrosio and Alessio Cerci scored as Torino won at 10-man Bologna, who remained winless.

    D'Ambrosio's second-minute opener was cancelled out by Bologna's Cesare Natali in the 29th minute. Torino retook the lead in first-half stoppage time as Cerci converted from the spot.

    Natali was sent off for dissent during half-time. Bologna did not threaten in the second half.

Saturday's Matches: Sampdoria Stun Cagliari

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    A quite remarkable finish saw three goals scored in the final minute as Sampdoria snatched a 2-2 draw at Cagliari.

    Albin Ekdal fired Cagliari ahead in the 26th minute, but the drama arrived in stoppage time when Manolo Gabbiadini rifled in a shot from outside the box that Cagliari keeper Michael Agazzi let slip through his grasp to draw Samp level.

    Cagliari thought they had secured the points when Daniele Conti netted a cute free-kick, but Lorenzo De Silvestri’s shot hit a post and bounced into the net via the unfortunate Agazzi for the visitors to snatch an amazing point.

    Chievo fought back from conceding a first-minute goal to beat Udinese 2-1. Maicosuel gave Udinese an early lead, but strikes from Sergio Pellissier (13 minutes) and Luca Rigoni (40 minutes) earned the win for Chievo.

    The game between Genoa and Livorno ended goalless.