Serie A: Inter stunned, Juve shine, Roma crash

Inter Milan were left stunned in their first game of the Serie A season after Palermo emerged as 4-3 winners in a thrilling encounter at Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Fabrizio Miccoli

GettyImagesFabrizio Miccoli celebrates with his Palermo team-mates during a thrilling match against Inter Milan

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Diego Milito opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, deflecting the ball home, but Fabrizio Miccoli levelled matters three minutes into the second half.

Milito then restored Inter’s advantage from the penalty spot after Walter Samuel was hauled down in the penalty area only for Abel Hernandez to equalise three minutes later via a free-flowing move.

And with four minutes remaining Fabrizio Miccoli curled in a sumptuous free-kick before Mauricio Pinilla fired in from range to leave goalkeeper Julio Cesar grasping at thin air and Palermo boasting a two-goal lead.

There was still time for Diego Forlan to score on his debut for Inter, but it was too little, too late from Gian Piero Gasperini’s men as the match ended 4-3.

Luis Enrique’s new-look Roma side suffered a dismal 2-1 home defeat to Cagliari in the Spanish coach’s first Serie A game in charge of the capital club.

Daniele Conti put the visitors ahead in the 68th minute and Roma were handed another blow 60 seconds later when Jose Angel was given his marching orders after a harsh tackle on Cagliari’s Davide Biondini.

Substitute Moestafa El Kabir then doubled Cagliari’s lead before Roma’s Daniele De Rossi got a consolation goal deep into stoppage time.

Juventus christened their new stadium in style with a thumping 4-1 win over Parma that takes them to the top of the Serie A table.

Antonio Conte could hardly have wished for a better start to life as coach of the Bianconeri as goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner, Simone Pepe, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio eased them through their opening league game.

A red card for Paolo De Ceglie and Sebastian Giovinco’s consolation for Parma prevented it from being a perfect start, but there were few complaints from the 40,000 fans inside the new Juventus Stadium.

Udinese proved that there can be life after Alexis Sanchez as they opened the new Serie A season with a solid 2-0 win at Lecce. The Bianconeri finished fourth last season, thanks largely to the contribution of the Chile winger, but his departure to Barcelona raised question marks over whether they could repeat the trick this time around.

Early goals from Dusan Basta and the impressive Antonio Di Natale settled any nerves, though, and the performance of Gabriel Torje suggested Sanchez may not be as irreplacable as first thought.

Genoa and Atalanta took a point each from their Serie A opener as they shared four goals in a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Miguel Veloso put the home side in front after only six minutes, but Atalanta responded immediately with Maximiliano Moralez scoring within two minutes.

He put the visitors in front just before the interval, but Giandomenico Mesto earned Genoa a draw with the fourth goal of the game in the 55th minute. The hosts ended the game with 10 men when Valter Birsa was shown a last-minute red card not long after coming on as a substitute.

Fiorentina were 2-0 winners at home to Bologna, Alberto Gilardino putting a summer of transfer speculation behind him with the 20th-minute opener. Alessio Cerci then followed up two minutes into the second half and the visitors could not respond.

Novara celebrated a point in their first top-flight fixture for 55 years after a 2-2 draw at Chievo. Sergio Pellissier and Cyril Thereau gave Chievo a two-goal lead after 25 minutes before Francesco Marianini and Massimo Paci, four minutes from time, hauled the new boys level.

Siena claimed a creditable point at Catania on their return to Serie A after battling to a 0-0 draw. Catania, who are coached by Vincenzo Montella, lost just four times at the Stadio Angelo Massimino last term so the top-flight new boys will certainly see it as a point won.

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