Serie A 2016/17 – Week 2 Roundup: Goals continue to rain in Italy while Roma implode again
Round two of Serie A action proved just as action-packed as the opening gameweek, with the latest action equalling the 3.2 goals per game average set last week.
Despite the Biancocelesti just edging out their opposition with regard to the possession statistics, La Vecchia Signora earned their victory and nothing less. Sami Khedira found himself on the scoresheet once more, making it two games in succession the German has netted in, as he clinched the three points for Massimiliano Allegri’s men in the 66th minute.
Arkadiusz Milik was on hand to show Napoli that life after Gonzalo Higuain might not be as bad as first feared. The Polish international bagged a brace in his Stadio San Paolo debut as the Partenopei beat AC Milan 4-2.
The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead at the break as Milik looked unstoppable in the first half before M’Baye Niang clawed one back for the Rossoneri just five minutes into the second. Suso then showed signs of his Genoa form as he beautifully placed a left-footed strike into the top corner to level the scores.
Jose Callejon then scored two himself, either side of two Milan dismissals as Juraj Kucka and then Niang were given their marching orders, as the Partenopei got their first win of the season.
Suso’s old side overcame Serie A newcomers Crotone at the Stadio Ezio Scida on Sunday, despite the Pythagoreans taking the lead. Raffaele Palladino put the minnows ahead, only to have Serge Gakpe level it up after the break before Leonardo Pavoletti scored twice to seal a 3-1 win for the Grifone.
Diego Perotti’s third penalty of the season gave the Lupi the lead, which Kevin Strootman doubled just after half-time to send the Giallorossi well on their way to exorcising their demons from midweek. Former Roma forward Marco Borriello then pulled one back for Gli Isolani before Marco Sau drew the sides level with just tow minutes to play.
Andrea Belotti missed yet another penalty, but this was not enough to stop him bagging a hat-trick in a dominant performance from Il Gallo. Belotti scored twice in the first half, either side of a Saphir Taider equaliser for the Rossoblu.
Josef Martinez then gave the Granata a two-goal cushion in the second half before Daniele Baselli and Belotti completed the scoring late on.
Fabio Quagliarella got the hosts back on level terms, then Carlos Carmona’s dismissal before the break began to tilt things in favour of the Blucerchiati. Edgar Barreto made the most of Samp’s one man advantage by firing his side into a 2-1 lead, which they would hold on to.
Gregoire Defrel and Domenico Berardi were on hand to fire Sassuolo to victory over newly-promoted Pescara. The Neroverdi went into a two-goal lead, however, the Delfini did pull one goal back through Rey Manaj.
Carlos Sanchez got his Fiorentina career off to a perfect start on Sunday as his 29th-minute strike proved enough for Viola to seal a 1-0 win over Chievo, while Inter‘s early season blip continued with a 1-1 draw when they welcomed Palermo to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Mauro Icardi celebrated his new contract at the San Siro by cancelling out Andrea Rispoli’s opener.
Goals at the beginning and end of an otherwise quiet game were enough for Udinese to see off Empoli 2-0. Felipe fired the Zebrette ahead after just three minutes and Stipe Perica rounded out the scoring in the 90th-minute. Vincent Laurini was also sent off in a day to forget for the Azzurri.