For Milan, it was something akin to a statement. They are still far from the level they once were, but this win over Roma was perhaps proof that they are on the right track.
For 45 minutes they had Roma on the back foot, only misses from Davide Calabria, Suso and Gonzalo Higuain prevented them for reflecting that dominance on the scoreline. But four minutes before halftime, their breakthrough would come, Ricardo Rodriguez laying one on for Franck Kessie to put the Rossoneri.
Roma grew into the game, after halftime, though, and only five minutes into the second period, after Milan failed to deal with a corner, Federico Fazio levelled matters. Then came the VAR-disallowed goals at both ends, Milan seeing Higuain’s effort chalked off for offside, while Steven Nzonzi thought he’d got a debut goal for Roma only for his attempt to be ruled out for handball.
But as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Higuain played in Patrick Cutrone, who slotted in Milan’s winner, to give them their first win of the season.
Inter Milan are also up and running in Serie A, after a win at Bologna. The Nerazzurri had to wait until the second period to break through, but goals from Radja Nainggolan, Antonio Candreva and Ivan Perisic ensured a 3-0 win.
Elsewhere, Lazio also got their first win of the season, as Luis Alberto’s goal was enough for victory over Frosinone. Juventus continued their perfect start with a win at Parma, another game where Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t score, while Sassuolo have gone up to second place after an eight-goal thriller against Genoa.
Two goals from Gregoire Defrel helped Sampdoria to a shock win over Napoli, Torino got their first win of the season thanks to Nicolas N’Koulou against SPAL, while Cagliari won at Atalanta.
Parma 1-2 Juventus
Atalanta 0-1 Cagliari
Bologna 0-3 Inter Milan
Sassuolo 5-3 Genoa
Lazio 1-0 Frosinone
Chievo 0-0 Empoli
Milan 2-1 Roma
Sampdoria 3-0 Napoli
Torino 1-0 SPAL
Fiorentina 1-0 Udinese
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