For AC Milan, this was perhaps proof that despite their improvements in the second part of last season, and their continuous investment into the squad, they’re still quite a way from squaring up to the big guns in Serie A.
Milan couldn’t begin their season last week, because of the Genoa bridge tragedy, so their first game would come in Week Two, at home to last season’s second-placed side Napoli. There was a Milan debut for Gonzalo Higuain, facing his old side once again, and he had cause for jubilation after 15 minutes, Giacomo Bonaventura giving the Rossoneri the lead. That lead was doubled just four minutes after halftime, via the right boot of Davide Calabria.
Napoli, in their second game under former Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, had come from behind at Lazio in the previous weekend, and they got on the road to recovery here. First Piotr Zielinski got them back into the game five minutes after Calabria’s goal, then in the 67th minute, the Polish midfielder bagged another, to restore. Napoli’s comeback was completed through substitute Dries Mertens with 10 minutes left, to maintain the visitors’ perfect start.
Milan’s city rivals, Inter, were also guilty of letting points slip from a position of comfort, at home to Torino. Ivan Perisic put the Nerazzurri ahead after six minutes, a lead which was doubled when Stefan de Vrij headed home a Matteo Politano cross just before the half-hour mark. 2-0 up at halftime, Inter looked to be coasting home, but 10 minutes after the break they were pegged back, Torino captain Andrea Belotti getting his side back in it. And on 68 minutes, Soualiho Meite grabbed an equaliser for the visitors, as Torino manager Walter Mazzarri celebrated a point against his former side. Inter remain winless.
Juventus also have a 100% record so far, after a 2-0 win over Lazio. There were no goals for Cristiano Ronaldo, who however supplied Juve’s second for Mario Mandzukic, after Miralem Pjanic got the first for the champions.
Elsewhere, a Marco Benassi brace helped Fiorentina to a 6-1 win over Chievo, the first time they’ve scored that many in a league game since 1996. Mirko Antenucci was the difference for SPAL against Parma, ten-man Sassuolo needed a penalty deep into stoppage time, from Kevin-Prince Boateng, to snatch a draw at Cagliari, while Genoa began their season with a win over Empoli.
Roma host Atalanta on Monday night.
Juventus 2-0 Lazio
Inter 2-2 Torino
Napoli 3-2 Milan
Frosinone 0-0 Bologna
SPAL 1-0 Parma
Fiorentina 6-1 Chievo
Cagliari 2-2 Sassuolo
Udinese 1-0 Sampdoria
Genoa 2-1 Empoli
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