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Serie A review, matchday three

The 2022-23 Italian Serie A season progressed into matchday three as all perfect records were wiped out in this latest round of action.

Reigning champions AC Milan returned to winning ways following their 2-0 win against Bologna at Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday.

Rafael Leão and Olivier Giroud got on the scoresheet to send Stefano Pioli’s side into second on the standings.

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Napoli are still top of the log despite losing their perfect record following a goalless draw at Stadio Artemio Franchi against Fiorentina on Sunday.

Inter Milan were also part of the trio of teams who lost their perfect record to start the campaign as they were soundly beaten 3-1 by Lazio at Olimpico on Friday.

Felipe Anderson got Lazio’s noses in front with five minutes to spare before halftime but Lautaro Martínez equalised six minutes after the break.

Stunning goals from Luis Alberto and Pedro on 75 and 86 minutes ensured Maurizio Sarri’s side ruined Simone Inzaghi’s return to the capital once again.

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Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma also lost their perfect start after holding Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus to a 1-1 draw at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Dusan Vlahovic opened the scoring in supreme fashion, netting a wonder free-kick inside two minutes but Tammy Abraham levelled matters in the 69th minute with a header from a Paulo Dybala assist – with the Argentine returning to hunt his former club, as both sides remain unbeaten this season.

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Atalanta are up to fourth following their 1-0 victory at Hellas Verona on Sunday, courtesy a Teun Koopmeiners 50th minute goal.

Torino are fifth on the log following their 2-1 win against Cremonese – who are yet to record a point this term.

Nikola Vlasic netted the opener on 17 minutes and Nemanja Radonjic doubled the Turin side’s tally in the 65th minute to make Leonardo Sernicola’s goal on 80 minutes nothing more than scant consolation.

Salernitana were rampant at Stadio Arechi in their 4-0 win against Sampdoria.

Boulaye Dia, Federico Bonazzoli, Tony Vilhena and Erik Botheim were all on the scoresheet in what was the biggest win of the round.

Monza are bottom of the table and are yet to register a point following their 1-2 loss to Udinese on Friday.

Andrea Colpani had put Monza ahead on 32 minutes but Beto equalised four minutes later and Destiny Udogie completed the turnaround for Udinese with the winner on 77 minutes.

Lecce and Empoli shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Fabiano Parisi put Empoli in front with a goal on 22 minutes but they were pegged back by a Gabriel Strefezza goal on 40 minutes.

Spezia and Sassuolo played out an entertaining two-all draw on Saturday.

Davide Frattesi broke the deadlock for Sassuolo on 27 minutes but Simone Bastoni equalised three minutes later and M’Bala Nzolo put Spezia ahead from the penalty spot in first half injury time.

Andrea Pinamonti however ensured both sides left with a point as he evened the contest with a goal in the 50th minute.

Matchday three results in full

Friday, August 26, 2022
Monza 1-2 Udinese
Lazio 3-1 Inter

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Cremonese 1-2 Torino
Juventus 1-1 Roma
Spezia 2-2 Sassuolo
Milan 2-0 Bologna

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Salernitana 4-0 Sampdoria
Hellas Verona 0-1 Atalanta
Lecce 1-1 Empoli
Fiorentina 0-0 Napoli

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  1. Sodiq Suara

    I think Roma will be challenging for the scudetto this season, there is no team presently that has a team that is astounding, bar injury they stand a good chance

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