Juventus Rallies to Keep Perfect Serie A Start; Marseille Wins
Juventus rallied to beat Genoa 3-1 in Italian soccer’s Serie A, with Napoli, Lazio and Sampdoria also maintaining winning starts. Marseille extended its 100 percent record in France.
Juventus, which remained unbeaten in winning the title last season, trailed at Genoa yesterday after Ciro Immobile scored for the home team. Emanuele Giaccherini tied the match in the 61st minute before Mirko Vucinic’s penalty kick and a goal from Kwadwo Asamoah completed the comeback win.
“We knew this is a tough place to come, Genoa began the game very well and they caught us off guard,” Juve’s caretaker coach Massimo Carrera said on his team’s website. “We did well to turn the game around.”
Napoli beat Parma 3-1, Lazio defeated Chievo 3-1, while Sampdoria held off a comeback by Pescara to win 3-2. Juventus, Napoli and Lazio have nine points, with Sampdoria a point back because of a penalty for an illegal betting scandal.
Inter Milan and Fiorentina are another two points back after 2-0 victories against Torino and Catania respectively. Two days ago, AC Milan slumped to its second defeat in three matches, 1-0 at home to Atalanta.
Palermo fired coach Giuseppe Sannino yesterday, a day after a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.
Jordan Ayew scored the only goal as French league leader Marseille won at Nancy last night to move to the maximum 15 points from five matches. Lyon is two points back after beating Ajaccio 2-0 at home.
Defending champion Montpellier fell to its third loss of the season with a 3-1 defeat at Reims on Sept. 14, while Paris Saint-Germain beat Toulouse 2-0 the same day.
In Spain, Atletico Madrid held on for a 4-3 win against Rayo Vallecano last night after taking a 4-0 lead before allowing three goals in the last eight minutes. Atletico climbed to fifth place in the standings.
Barcelona is top with a 100 percent record from four games after a 4-1 win at Getafe two days ago, while Real Madrid lost 1-0 at fourth-place Sevilla. Defending champion Madrid remains on four points, its worst start in La Liga for 11 years.
Real Sociedad was the only other winner yesterday, beating Real Zaragoza 2-0. The matches between Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Deportivo La Coruna, and Osasuna-Mallorca ended in draws.
Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt notched their third straight wins in Germany’s Bundesliga this weekend.
Bayern beat Mainz 3-1 on Sept. 15, while Frankfurt defeated Hamburg 3-2 yesterday. Freiburg won 5-3 against Hoffenheim, which remains without a point alongside Hamburg.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Spain: Malaga 3-1 Levante, Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo, Getafe 1-4 Barcelona, Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid, Espanyol 3-3 Athletic Bilbao, Granada 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna, Osasuna 1-1 Real Mallorca, Real Sociedad 2-0 Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid 4-3 Rayo Vallecano. Today: Real Valladolid vs Real Betis. Italy: Palermo 1-1 Cagliari, AC Milan 0-1 Atalanta, Chievo 1-3 Lazio, Fiorentina 2-0 Catania, Genoa 1-3 Juventus, Napoli 3-1 Parma, Pescara 2-3 Sampdoria, Roma 2-3 Bologna, Siena 2-2 Udinese, Torino 0-2 Inter Milan. Germany: Augsburg 0-0 Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich 3-1 Mainz, Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-3 Nurnberg, Hanover 3-2 Werder Bremen, Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf, Greuther Furth 0-2 Schalke, Freiburg 5-3 Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 Hamburg. France: Paris St Germain 2-0 Toulouse, Reims 3-1 Montpellier, Troyes 1-1 Lille, Evian 3-0 Bastia, Nice 4-2 Brest, St Etienne 0-1 Sochaux, Valenciennes 0-0 Bordeaux, Rennes 1-2 Lorient, Lyon 2-0 AC Ajaccio, Nancy 0-1 Marseille. Netherlands: Ajax 2-0 RKC Waalwijk, Heerenveen 1-3 ADO Den Haag, VVV Venlo 2-2 NEC Nijmegen, Willem II 2-6 FC Twente, Feyenoord 2-0 FC Zwolle, Heracles 2-1 NAC Breda, AZ Alkmaar 4-0 Roda JC, Utrecht 1-0 PSV Eindhoven, Groningen 0-3 Vitesse Arnhem.