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Serie A Review: Juve, Roma maintain perfect starts

SoccerNews in Serie A 24 Sep 2014

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Juventus moved top of Serie A on goal difference with an easy 3-0 win at home to Cesena that maintained their perfect start to the season.

Massimiliano Allegri could afford to rest star duo Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez as his side comprehensively swept aside newly-promoted Cesena on Wednesday.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring from the spot after 17 minutes and rifled in from 20 yards just after the hour mark to double the champions’ lead.

Stephan Lichtsteiner slotted home late on as Juve recorded their 21st consecutive home league victory to take Allegri’s record as coach to five wins from five competitive fixtures, with zero goals conceded.

But Roma, who finished second to Juve last term, are level on 12 points after maintaining their own 100 per cent Serie A record with a 2-1 victory at Parma.

Adam Ljajic scored from Francesco Totti’s pass in the first half but Paolo De Ceglie drew the hosts level after 56 minutes.

Just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Miralem Pjanic converted a free-kick late on to give Rudi Garcia’s men three points.

Meanwhile, Inter are third after a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta.

Rodrigo Palacio saw his penalty saved after half an hour, but first-half substitute Daniel Pablo Osvaldo broke the deadlock 10 minutes later with a stunning bicycle kick.

And a late Hernanes strike wrapped the points up for Walter Mazzarri’s side, who sit four points adrift of the top two. Sampdoria remain level with Inter on eight points thanks to a 2-1 victory over Chievo.

Javier Saviola’s Serie A debut couldn’t inspire Verona to another win, but they fought back to snatch a 2-2 draw with Genoa.

Alessandro Matri’s brace put the visitors in control but Verona responded with goals from Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Artur Ionita to preserve their unbeaten start.

Elsewhere, Napoli’s indifferent start to the season continued as they twice lost the lead to draw 3-3 against Palermo, with Andrea Belotti’s brace helping the visitors’ fightback.

Fiorentina hit the woodwork twice as they were frustrated by Sassuolo in a 0-0 draw, and Torino recorded their first win of the season after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Cagliari.

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