International Soccer - Italy
 
               === Juventus opens season with Sampdoria defeat ===
 
 Genoa,  Italy (Sports Network) - Carlos Tevez scored the only goal of the match
 for  Juventus  in his  first league  action as the  defending Serie A champions
 opened  the season  with  a 1-0  victory  over Sampdoria  at  the Stadio  Luigi
 Ferraris.
 
 Juventus,  the two-time  league champions, essentially coasted to another title
 last  campaign by finishing with a robust 87 points, nine clear of second-place
 Napoli.
 
 But  Juve  struggled against Sampdoria  last season as  the Genoa club won both
 fixtures against the champions.
 
 After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Juventus found the only goal of the night
 with  a fantastic passing  sequence that culminated in a low cross into the box
 from  the left flank  by Paul Pogba that Tevez easily tapped home for his first
 goal of the domestic campaign.
 
 Sampdoria  struggled to create many quality scoring chances as the club managed
 just  one  shot on target and  things got worse  for the hosts in stoppage time
 when Paolo Castellini was shown a straight red card and sent off.
 
 Juventus was then able to see out the final moments and collect its first three
 points of the season.
 
 
 Hellas Verona 2, AC Milan 1
 
 Verona,  Italy - Luca Toni scored on either side of the interval on Saturday as
 Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona made a big splash on the opening weekend with a
 2-1 defeat of AC Milan at the Stadio M.A. Bentegodi.
 
 AC  Milan opened the scoring 14 minutes into the match as Andrea Poli corralled
 a pass from Mario Balotelli and deposited his shot calmly into the bottom right
 corner.
 
 But  Hellas Verona answered back on the half hour mark when Toni got on the end
 of a corner kick from Romulo and headed it home to put the sides on level terms
 at the break.
 
 Toni  completed  his brace in the  53rd minute in  much the same fashion as his
 first tally when he found himself on the end of a cross from Bosko Jankovic and
 nodded  it  past Milan goalkeeper Christian  Abbiati to secure three points for
 his club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/24 18:08:38 ET

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