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Serie A Round 1 review: Challengers emerge for Juve's crown

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28th August, 2019
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With convincing wins in the opening round, Inter, Napoli and Atalanta launched their challenge to the reigning champions.

Juventus opened 2019-20 Serie A season with a convincing away win in Parma. Despite plenty of big names in the forwards, it was defender Giorgio Chiellini the sole scorer for the black and whites. Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a goal by VAR.

Inter scored the largest win, but it has to put in context as the title contender hosted newcomers Lecce at Meazza Stadium. Therefore, nothing less than a win was expected from Conte’s team. Despite facing the lesser opponent, Inter impressed for their display of team work and speed.

Marcelo Brozovic opened the scores in the first half, Stefano Sensi, Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Candreva rounded up the 4-0 final score.

Napoli impressed with a gutsy win in Florence. The teams exchanged the lead twice with the Azzurri ending on top 4-3 at the end of the roller-coaster ride.

Atalanta also scored an away win in Ferrara coming back from 0-2 thanks to a brace to Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto.

There were another two away wins in the first round: Lazio won convincingly in Genoa versus Sampdoria by 3-0 and Brescia overcome Cagliari 1-0.

Only two teams won their home games, Turin and Udinese.

Whilst the dark red played middle of rank Sassuolo, Udinese defeated powerhouse AC Milan thanks to Brazilian import Rodrigo Becao.

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It was a great opening set of fixtures for the neutrals as the round saw only two draws. Newly promoted Verona bravely held Bologna to a 1-1 draw, playing most of the game one-man down.

Finally Roma and Genoa entertained the spectators with a spectacular 3-3 draw. The visitors coming back three times to frustrate the home fans’ hopes to start the season with a W.

Next week will see the first two big matches of the season: the Roman derby and Juventus–Napoli, bring it on.