International Soccer - Italy

Juventus open home slate with Lazio clash

Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - After earning a narrow 1-0 victory last week in its Serie A opener, Juventus will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday with a clash against Lazio at Juventus Stadium.

Juventus entered this campaign as heavy favorites to win their third consecutive league title and were given a tough opening-week fixture against Sampdoria, the only club to beat Juve twice last season.

Juventus had several chances to break the deadlock against Sampdoria over the first 45 minutes, but the home side's back line held firm and the clubs went into the locker room on level terms.

But the defending champions finally found the only goal of the match two minutes before the hour mark when former Manchester City man Carlos Tevez got free to poke home the winner in his Serie A debut for the club.

"I'm really happy here but it's not easy to slot into a new playing system, it takes time," Tevez admitted. "Tonight was perfect though, a goal and a win. I'm pleased because it was no easy feat coming here and doing that at such a difficult ground."

Lazio, meanwhile, will be looking for its second win of the young season after topping Udinese by a 2-1 score last week. Hernanes gave the Rome club the lead in the 13th minute and Antonio Candreva converted a penalty kick three minutes later to make it 2-0.

Luis Muriel pulled one back for Udinese on the hour mark, but they were unable to find an equalizer as Lazio held on to claim its first three points of the season.

Also on Saturday, Chievo Verona will shoot for its first three-point effort of the young campaign against Napoli after a scoreless draw with Parma last week.

Sunday's action sees AS Roma welcome Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona to the Stadio Olimpico, while AC Milan will shoot for a rebound performance against Cagliari after a shock 2-1 defeat to Hellas last time out. But they will have some different personnel as Kevin-Prince Boateng completed a move to Bundesliga side Schalke on Friday and Alessandro Matri arrived at Milan from Juventus.

Atalanta hosts Torino at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bologna welcomes Sampdoria to the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, while Catania hosts Inter Milan.

Elsewhere in Italy on Sunday, Genoa welcomes Fiorentia to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, while a pair of promoted sides tangle as Sassuolo hosts Livorno at the Stadio Alberto Braglia and Sunday's schedule wraps up when Udinese hosts Parma at the Stadio Friuli.

08/30 15:55:53 ET

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