Roma storm to the top

A review of the weekend's action in Italy's Serie A as Roma hammered Bologna 5-0.

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Milan celebrate against Sampdoria

Milan celebrate against Sampdoria

A review of the weekend's action in Italy's Serie A.

Gervinho scored twice as Roma stormed back to the top of the Serie A table with a thumping 5-0 victory over Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi made history by starting their season with five straight wins but more pressing was the need to keep title rivals Juventus and Napoli underneath them after both sides won away from home this weekend.

Winless Bologna were never likely to present a serious obstacle to Rudi Garcia's men and Roma sensed their fear, plundering a three-goal first-half lead through Alessandro Florenzi, Gervinho and Mehdi Benatia.

The eight million euro signing from Arsenal then fired his third goal in Giallorossi colours before substitute Adem Ljajic added gloss to the victory five minutes from time.

And on a day which saw Fabio Liverani become the first Serie A coach to lose his job after Genoa turned to former boss Gian Piero Gasperini, Bologna's Stefano Pioli faces a battle to keep his job after overseeing three draws and three poor defeats.

Juventus continued their strong start to the season as Paul Pogba's solitary strike secured a 1-0 victory over city rivals Torino.

The Bianconeri came into the weekend unbeaten and just two points off leaders Roma and kept up the pressure thanks to Pogba's second-half header.

Torino, without a win over Juve since 1995, never looked in danger of breaking that unwanted record and produced few chances of merit over the 90 minutes.

Inter Milan missed the chance to take a share of the Serie A lead after Radja Nainggolan's late free-kick rescued a point from a 1-1 draw for Cagliari.

Walter Mazzarri's men could have been out of sight by half-time and heading for top spot - where Napoli and Juventus currently reside with 16 points each - but Rossoblu goalkeeper Michael Agazzi had a resilient afternoon at the Stadio Nereo Rocco.

Substitute Mauro Icardi finally found a way through for Inter with 15 minutes remaining but Nainggolan stepped up to grab Cagliari a share of the points in the final phases.

Jorginho settled a frantic battle between two promoted sides at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi as his late penalty earned Hellas Verona a 2-1 over Livorno.

The Serie B runners-up were indebted to goalkeeper Rafael for keeping Livorno at bay in the first half but they almost reached the break a goal up after on-loan Porto forward Juan Iturbe scored his first goal for the club.

Lorenzo Ariaudo levelled with a header before half-time, only for Jorginho to settle the match from the spot after Luca Toni had been brought down in the box in the last 20 minutes.

Sassuolo recovered from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with Lazio and pick up a first home point of the Serie A season.

The early days of top-flight competition had not been kind to the Serie B champions and four opening games saw 15 goals sail into the Sassuolo net for only one scored.

But a hard-earned midweek draw at Napoli steeled their resolve and, despite a brief wobble that allowed Andre Dias and Antonio Candreva in for a quickfire double, the northerners promptly hit back through Ezequiel Schelotto and Antonio Floro Flores to rescue a point.

German Denis netted both goals as Atalanta ended a run of three successive defeats with a 2-0 home triumph over Udinese.

Denis opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time and the Argentinian striker doubled his account for the match in the 63rd minute to secure Atalanta's second victory of the season.

Catania deservedly secured their first league win of the season by beating Chievo 2-0 at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.

Goals from Jaroslav Plasil and Lucas Castro in either half were enough for a win that might have been even more comfortable following a dominant home display.

Valter Birsa's goal at the start of the second half earned AC Milan a morale-boosting second victory of the Serie A season at the expense of winless Sampdoria on Saturday evening.

Milan started the weekend already trailing leaders Roma by 10 points after just five rounds of the season and needing to make amends to their fans for their 2-1 loss to Napoli in their last match at the San Siro.

They managed to achieve that thanks to Birsa's left-footed finish in the 46th minute, but it was far from comfortable for Massimiliano Allegri's men

Goran Pandev struck twice as Napoli went back to the top of the Serie A table on Saturday night with a 2-0 win at Genoa.

Pandev's first goals of the season came inside the opening 25 minutes to ensure Rafael Benitez's side were immediately on track to bounce back from their shock 1-1 midweek draw with newly-promoted Sassuolo.


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