Serie A 2016/17 – Week 1 Roundup: Goals galore in Italy as Higuain gets off the mark

Disproving widespread preconceptions that football in Italy is still a defensive game, top flight action got back underway on the peninsula with 3.2 goals per game.

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The 2016-17 Serie A season got underway with a bang at the weekend, with 32 goals being scored in the opening round of fixtures.

Despite jibes about his weight, Juventus‘ record signing Gonzalo Higuain proved that he has not lost his predator’s touch as he netted the Bianconeri’s winner in their 2-1 defeat of Fiorentina.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side looked to have got their title defence off to the best possible start when Sami Khedira’s bullet header flew beyond Ciprian Tatarusanu. The Bianconeri’s perfect start was threatened briefly as Nikola Kalinic rose easily above the Juventus defence to head home an equaliser from close range.

La Viola would not be on level terms for long, however, as just three minutes later, El Pipita took centre stage on his Juventus debut. Khedira saw his shot blocked, only for the ball to drop at the feet of last season’s capocannoniere, who was clinical as ever as he prodded the ball into the net to lift the roof off the Juventus Stadium.

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Last season’s runners-up Napoli endured an early scare as they found themselves two goals behind at half-time to newly promoted Pescara. The Delfini looked to be having no trouble replacing Gianluca Lapadula as goals from Ahmad Benali and Gianluca Caprari saw them in dreamland at the break.

However, the introduction of Dries Mertens in the second half proved decisive as the Belgian bagged a brace to claw the Partenopei back to within touching distance of a win. Three points looked as though they were coming when Maurizio Sarri’s side appeared to have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Mertens, before the referee reversed his decision after consultation with his assistant.

Roma got their campaign underway in the best way imaginable as they struck four past Udinese without reply. Though the Zebrette had frustrated Luciano Spaletti’s side for over an hour, Diego Perotti calmly converted two penalties in 10 minutes to put the Giallorossi into a comfortable lead.

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Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah later added to their side’s tally and got off the mark for the season.

AC Milan enjoyed a good weekend as they started life under Vincenzo Montella with a 3-2 win over Torino and ex-coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. A hat-trick from Carlos Bacca was just about enough to claim all three points.

Andrea Belotti and Daniele Baselli were on the scoresheet for the Granata, while Belotti had a golden opportunity to double his tally and earn a point for the Torinese with a last minute penalty, only to be denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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Former Rossonero Valter Birsa was on hand to condemn Inter to a 2-0 defeat to Chievo in Frank de Boer’s first game in charge of the Biscione. Despite being tipped as Champions League contenders by most this season, it would appear that De Boer still has some work to do with this Nerazzurri side.

Lazio just about got their season up and running with a 4-3 win away at Atalanta, despite finding themselves three goals to the good at half-time.

Ciro Immobile, Wesley Hoedt and Cristiano Lombardi gave the Biancocelesti a comfortable lead at the break, only for the highly-rated Ivorian youngster Franck Kessie to bag a quickfire double in the second half to close the gap to one goal.

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Danilo Cataldi then restored a two-goal cushion for the visitors before Andrea Petagna scored a debut goal for La Dea to bring them within touching distance once more, only for the Aquile to hold on to the three points.

Despite falling behind to Cagliari through a Marco Borriello strike, Genoa fought back to secure an opening round victory under new boss Ivan Juric. Three goals in 10 minutes from Olivier Ntcham, Diego Laxalt and Luca Rigoni sealed the win for the Grifone.


Domenico Berardi responded to Eusebio Di Francesco’s recent comments by bagging the decisive goal in Sassuolo‘s 1-0 defeat of Palermo, proving to his coach that he is finally showing signs of maturing with the Neroverdi.

A first-half strike from Luis Muriel was enough for Sampdoria to see off Empoli 1-0, while Mattia Destro’s late winner just about ensured Bologna overcame Serie A newcomers Crotone by the same scoreline.

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