Serie A Results: Analysis for Bologna vs. AC Milan, and All the Night's Matches
The Italian Serie A enjoyed a full midweek programme of fixtures, round five of the 2013-14 season.
Napoli had enjoyed a 100 percent record to sit atop of the table, but were being matched stride-for-stride by AS Roma in the early weeks, while Inter Milan were also showing a promising start.
Wednesday night saw eight matches take place, with Udinese having beaten Genoa by a 1-0 scoreline on Tuesday. Here's your complete roundup from Serie A.
Bologna 3-3 AC Milan
AC Milan left it extremely late once again to salvage a point from their latest Serie A match, away to Bologna this time, as they needed two last-minute goals to draw 3-3.
Andrea Poli gave the away side an early lead, but a Diego Laxalt brace—the Uruguayan player partly owned by AC's rivals Inter Milan—and a strike from Jonathan Cristaldo, his first goal for his new club, put Bologna in a commanding position.
As the clock ticked down toward 89 minutes it looked for all the world as though Milan were heading for a third defeat in five matches, but Robinho and Ignazio Abate quickly turned the game around in the closing stages.
Even so, the draw leaves Milan in the bottom half of Serie A with just one win from five, while Bologna are still without a win.
Chievo 1-2 Juventus
Juventus had to come from behind to beat Chievo Verona by a 2-1 scoreline, preserving their unbeaten start to the 2013-14 season.
Cyril Thereau put Chievo ahead after just under half an hour and the home side kept their lead into the halftime break.
Fabio Quagliarella quickly levelled matters after the restart, though, before an own goal from Alessandro Bernardini proved to be the match-winner on 65 minutes.
Chievo sit in 15th place with just four points from their five opening matches, while Juve's win was enough to lift them into third, having won four of their five games so far.
Napoli 1-1 Sassuolo
Napoli lost their 100 percent start to the season in unexpected fashion, as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo.
The league's bottom side were thumped 7-0 by Inter Milan during the weekend, but showed far more resilience this time around to gain their first point of the season.
It took just 15 minutes for Napoli to take the lead through Blerim Dzemaili and the home fans must have been expecting another rout. However, five minutes later, Simone Zaza drew Sassuolo level with his, and his team's, second goal of the season—and Napoli could not find another way through to goal.
Despite dominating possession, either side could have won the match with the amount of chances they both had, but a 1-1 draw was the final outcome.
Inter Milan 2-1 Fiorentina: Home Side Complete the Comeback
In Thursday evening's only game, Inter Milan's renaissance under Walter Mazzarri continued as they came from behind to beat Fiorentina.
The visitors took the lead on the hour-mark thanks to Giuseppe Rossi's coolly-taken penalty, but late strikes from the erstwhile Esteban Cambiasso and defender Jonathan completed the turnaround for Mazzarri's men.
Inter jump up to second (13 points) in Serie A with the win—ahead of Napoli and Juventus on goal difference—with Fiorentina forced to remain in fifth, on ten points.
Wins for Udinese, Parma and Roma, Plus Other Results
AS Roma took their place atop Serie A as the last side with a 100 percent record for the season, thanks to a 2-0 win at Sampdoria. Mehdi Benatia and Gervinho scored the second-half goals to send Roma two points clear, with Sampdoria winless after five games and into the bottom three.
Lazio beat Catania 3-1 with the away side finishing with 10 men after having Giuseppe Bellusci sent-off with 60 minutes on the clock. The scoring was already done by that point, with Ederson, Senad Lulic and Hernanes all on the scoresheet. Lazio move up to sixth, Catania are 19th with just one point from five games.
Livorno and Cagliari drew 1-1 in one of the less-eventful games of the week. Andrea Luci and Segundo Victor Ibarbo traded strikes either side of half time leaving Livorno now unbeaten in four games.
Parma ran out 4-3 victors over Atalanta in the highest-scoring game from Wednesday night. The home team had the better of the game and always looked in control, with a Marco Parolo brace helping to set them up 4-1 after just 40 minutes, but Amauri's red card after the break could have proved costly. Marko Livaja pulled the scoreline back to 4-3, leaving Atalanta needing one more to salvage a point, but they couldn't find it in the last 10 minutes. It was Parma's first win of the season and Atalanta's third straight loss.
Torino drew 2-2 with Hellas Verona thanks to an Alessio Cerci brace, but Jorginho's penalty in the second half denied the home side all three points. Both sides are in the top half, with one point separating them.
Udinese beat Genoa 1-0 on Tuesday night thanks to a late Antonio Di Natale goal, moving them up to ninth in the table. The final game of the match-week will be played on Thursday evening, with Inter Milan set to face Fiorentina.