Saturday night saw Sampdoria leap frog Inter Milan at the top of Serie A as they overcame their visitors at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. With both sides starting positive this season it was Sampdoria who came out on top after a Davide Santon slip allowed Giampaolo Pazzini to tap home a Daniele Mannini cross to stun Inter late on.
Both teams had their chances as the game opened up in the second half after both teams had cancelled each other out in the first half. Samuel Eto’o and Mario Balotelli went close for Inter as did the in form Diego Milito but the brilliant Luca Castellazzi was equal to anything that was thrown his way.
As the game drew to a close, Inter became more desperate in their search for an equaliser, it almost came as Ricardo Quaresma’s shot deflected off Lucio to find the back of the net, the goal ruled out for offside as Sampdoria held out for their fifth win in six games to top Serie A.
Juventus had the chance to make sure Sampdoria only had top spot for 24 hours as they hosted Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico. Juventus looked to take a foot hold early on as Claudio Marchisio had an effort saved. Bologna hadn’t turned up as Juventus went close with efforts from David Trezeguet, Mauro Camoranesi and Nicola Legrottaglie. Bologna were then punished as Jonathan Zebina’s effort deflected into the path of David Trezeguet who tapped in from close range to give Juve a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. That goal seemed to wake Bologna up as they went in search of a quick fire equaliser through Marco Di Vaio, he could have scored twice before the break but it was Juve that went in one up at half time.
Diego managed to make it through 60 minutes as he came back from injury, he was replaced by Sebastian Giovinco. It was Felipe Melo who stood out for Juventus as the Bianconeri took their foot of the gas, they allowed Bologna to attack them and they went close through Di Vaio, Adailton and Guana. Juventus started to get hold of the game again as Melo won everything and Giovinco looked impressive going forward as the game opened up with both sides having chances.
Alessandro Del Piero also back from injury came on late and almost had a hand in a second Juve goal, his flicked on header was met by Camoranesi who headed against the post from 6 yards, that shocking miss would then come back to haunt Juve as in the 92nd minute, poor defending allowed the unmarked Adailton to volley past Buffon to earn a deserved point for Bologna, denying Juve a chance to take top spot.
Elsewhere Fiorentina made it two wins out of two as their impressive start to the season goes on, wonderkid Stevan Jovetic converted a penalty to give them a 1-0 away win to Livorno in an entertaining game. Udinese leap frogged Genoa into 5th place as two goals in the last ten minutes secured them a 2-0 victory, the impressive Antonio Di Natale showed why he is the leading marksman in Serie A with goal number 8 of the season. Simone Pepe grabbed a second to wrap up the 3 points.