Serie A: Milan stunned; Roma draw in six-goal thriller (video)
A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Italy’s top flight.
Roma 3-3 Genoa
There were plenty of promising talking points in Roma’s season opening six-goal thriller against Genoa, but their draw certainly overwrote almost everything with red ink.
Edin Dzeko was one of the few highlights that remained in the clear. The 33-year-old - five seasons into his Roma spell -scored and assisted for I Giallorossi. Recent arrival, Davide Zappacosta, made his debut in the 78th minute.
Genoa, not necessarily impressive throughout the match, figured out a way to crack Roma’s defense. When they conceded, they’d respond. Stadio Olimpico saw six lead changes, with Christian Kouame’s diving header in the 70th minute splitting the points.
For a Roma that missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last season, the result is a low-blow right off the bat. For Genoa, who remained in Serie A by a miraculous goal, a six-goal thriller in Roma is music to their ears.
Udinese 1-0 AC Milan
Another Italian giant had a slow, first day at the office.
AC Milan, boasting a plethora of firepower, were outclassed by a well-prepared and structured Udinese.
Rodrigo Becão’s debut goal was the only difference between both sides. Milan, who are already three points behind favorites such as Juventus and Napoli, have plenty of questions to answer. The reported possible arrival of Angel Correa may certainly help on the attacking side of things, but Marco Giampaolo still has plenty of work laid out in front of him.
Banned from Europa League for overspending by Financial Play Fair Rules, Milan are expected to fully focus on the Serie A campaign, which they have yet to win since the 2010/11 campaign.
Elsewhere in Serie A
Sampdoria 0-3 Lazio
Cagliari 0-1 Brescia
Verona 1-1 Bologna
SPAL 2-3 Atalanta
Torino 2-1 Sassuolo