Serie A Results: Analysis for Roma vs Napoli, and All the Weekend's Matches

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVOctober 18, 2013

Serie A Results: Analysis for Roma vs Napoli, and All the Weekend's Matches

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    The 2013-14 Serie A season continued with 10 matches over the weekend of 18-20 October. Roma and Napoli kicked off the weekend with the league's marquee matchup. The bulk of the matches followed on Sunday.

    Scroll through the pages for a roundup of all the matches, and click here for the league table.

    Stats via WhoScored.com.

Roma 2-0 Napoli

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    Roma maintained their 100 percent record to start the season and extended their best-ever start to a Serie A campaign with an impressive 2-0 home victory over second-placed Napoli on Friday night.

    Miralem Pjanic scored both goals for Roma, who have won all eight league matches this season. Napoli lost for the first time this season but remained second on the table, five points behind Roma.

    Pjanic opened the scoring with a curling 25-yard free kick in the first-half. After Napoli's Paolo Cannavaro was sent off in the 70th minute for a foul in the box, Pjanic made it 2-0 by converting the subsequent penalty.

     

    Shots: 13-15

    On target: 4-3

    Passing: 81%-85%

    Possession: 44%-56%

Cagliari 2-1 Catania

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    Cagliari returned to their home ground in style with a 2-1 win over 10-man Catania on Saturday. It was the Sardinians' second victory of the season.

    Stadio Sant'Elia had not hosted a match since April 2012 because of reconstruction work. Playing in front of only 5,000 fans as work continued, Cagliari overcame an early deficit behind goals from Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla.

    Catania went ahead in the fifth minute via Gonzalo Bergessio's header. Ibarbo drew the hosts level, holding off a challenge before powering home his shot in the 26th minute.

    Ibarbo then won Cagliari a penalty five minutes before the break in a challenge that saw Catania's Nicola Legrottaglie sent off, but Alberto Frisson kept the visitors level by saving Ibarbo's spot-kick.

    Substitute Pinilla scored the winner in the 84th minute, scoring from his own rebound to give Cagliari the full three points.

    With the win, Cagliari moved up to ninth on 10 points. Catania are 16th with five points.

     

    Shots: 29-7

    On target: 10-4

    Passing: 88%-76%

    Possession: 61%-39%

AC Milan 1-0 Udinese

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    AC Milan moved up to seventh with a 1-0 win at home to Udinese on Saturday. Valter Birsa scored the lone goal, a superb long-distance strike, in the 22nd minute. 

    Moments after suffering a poor challenge by Giampiero Pinzi, Birsa played a one-two with Robinho along the edge of the box before breaking the deadlock with a curling 25-yard strike. Udinese came close nine minutes later, but Gabriel Silva's shot from distance was just wide.

    The visitors came close again when Milan keeper Gabriel tipped Antonio Di Natale's free kick onto the bar in the 63rd minute. Nine minutes later, Milan's Andrea Poli forced Ivan Kelava into a save at his near post.

    M'Baye Niang came close twice in the final moments for the Rossoneri, but the hosts had to settle for victory by the single goal.

     

    Shots: 11-7

    On target: 3-2

    Passing: 72%-74%

    Possession: 53%-47%

Atalanta 2-1 Lazio

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    Atalanta claimed a 2-1 victory over Lazio in Bergamo to continue their impressive start to the campaign. 

    Aside from the unbeaten Roma, Stefan Colantuono's troops are the only other side in Serie A who are yet to record a draw, and in beating the Biancocelesti move a point ahead of them in the table.

    Midfield playmaker Luca Cigarini opened the scoring for the home side just before halftime, firing in a superb half-volley from outside the area to beat Federico Marchetti at his near post.

    Brayan Perea levelled matters shortly after the break for the visitors from close range, but German Denis claimed the winner for la Dea just six minutes from time.

     

    Shots: 14-16

    On target: 5-4

    Passing: 66%-80%

    Possession: 40%-60%

Full Sunday Slate

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    Genoa 2-1 Chievo

    Genoa picked up their first home win of the season against Chievo thanks to an Alberto Gilardino brace. Simone Bentivoglio recorded the sole striker for the visitors.

     

    Verona 3-2 Parma

    Verona made it three wins in a row as their dream start to the Serie A season continued, besting Parma in a thrilling encounter. Jorginho Frello scored two penalties—something of a theme for the Matchday—as the Gialloblu moved into fourth.

     

    Livorno 1-2 Sampdoria

    Sampdoria continued their strong away form this season in squeezing by Livorno with a 2-1 scoreline. Eder put the visitors ahead from the spot early on, then two 90th-minute strikes saw la Samp come out on top thanks to a Nicola Pozzi finish.

     

    Sassuolo 2-1 Bologna

    Sassuolo picked up their first win of the Serie A season by beating a flailing Bologna side at home. Domenico Berardi opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Antonio Floro Flores made it two before the reliable Alessandro Diamanti replied with a penalty of his own.

Fiorentina 4-2 Juventus

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    Fiorentina recorded a stunning, come-from-behind victory over Juventus on Sunday afternoon after falling two goals behind in the first half.

    A questionable penalty was converted by Carlos Tevez to give the Bianconeri the lead, then Paul Pogba made it two just a few minutes later to allow the visitors a two-goal lead at the break.

    But the Viola came out all guns blazing, and a Giuseppe Rossi hat-trick lead the way for a resurgent home outfit. The Italian's scored his first from the spot, then followed up with two super strikes either side of a Joaquin goal.

    The result creates separation at the top of Serie A, as Roma now hold a five-point lead atop the table.

     

    Shots: 12-18

    On target: 7-8

    Passing: 87%-80%

    Possession: 55%-45%

Torino 3-3 Internazionale

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    The Serie A Matchday ended with a bang as Torino held Internazionale to a 3-3 draw at home.

    Nerazzurri 'keeper Samir Handanovic received a straight red card in the fifth minute to make it an uphill battle for the visitors, and while Alessio Cerci missed an early penalty, Alexander Farnerud soon converted to give il Toro the lead.

    The two teams traded blows through Fredy Guarin and Ciro Immobile before a Rodrigo Palacio brace gave Walter Mazzarri's side the lead, but a late, late Nicola Bellamo equaliser tied the score at 3-3.

     

    Shots: 23-8

    On target: 5-5

    Passing: 91%-85%

    Possession: 61%-39%