Serie A Roundup: Inter downs Juventus, Hart keeps clean sheet
Inter took a punch and got back up to win the Derby d’Italia 2-1 over defending champions Juventus. Stephen Lichtensteiner split two defenders and poked home Alex Sandro’s cross for a Juventus lead in the 66th minute, but Inter hit back twice soon after. Mauro Icardi rose high to head home a corner in the 68th, and then the head of Ivan Perisic delivered after Icardi did the hard work down the right edge of the box.
Joe Hart put the mistakes in his Torino debut behind him, keeping a clean sheet in his first match in front of the home fans at Stadio Olimpico with a 0-0 draw with Empoli. To be fair, it helped that he didn’t have much to do.
Despite holding the majority of possession, visiting Empoli put just two shots on Hart’s goal - the first coming 63 minutes in - and while Torino out-shot them 14-5 overall, neither side could find a winner.
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Marco Borriello’s brace gave Cagliari a 3-0 win over his old club Atalanta at home. The 34-year-old spent just half a season at Atalanta, but left on a free transfer this past summer and bagged his third and fourth goals of the season in the victory, scoring just eight minutes in for the lead, and then again in the 73rd minute with a curling free-kick through the wall. Atalanta had a chance to tie things up 10 minutes before halftime, but Alberto Paloschi saw his penalty saved by Rafael.
Chievo Verona earned a dramatic three points, as Fabrizio Cacciatore scored five minutes into added time to give the visitors a 2-1 win over Udinese at Stadio Friuli. The 29-year-old Italian international found himself completely unmarked at the back post as the game came to a close, and he finished Lucas Castro’s cross cooly with virtually the last touch of the game. The goal came not long after Castro himself had equalized with eight minutes left in regulation, cancelling out Duvan Zapata’s first-half header.
Sassuolo struck twice in an eight-minute second half span to win 2-0 at home over Genoa, taking the Neroverdi third in the Serie A table. 23-year-old Matteo Politano bagged a penalty in the 58th minute after Leonardo Pavoletti fouled Gregoire Defrel in the area. Then, Defrel earned himself a goal with a diving header in the 66th minute to put the home side through. It got worse for Genoa as Miguel Veloso was sent off in the 86th minute.
Crotone and Palermo played to a 1-1 draw at tiny Stadio Ezio Scida. The newly-promoted side went ahead in the 23rd minute via former Fulham man Marcello Trotta, but Ilija Nestorovski pulled Palermo back level midway through the second half.