International Soccer - Italy
 
               === Roma tops Hellas Verona to remain perfect ===
 
 Rome,  Italy (Sports Network) - Roma maintained its perfect start to the Serie
 A  season on Sunday, scoring three goals in the span of 10 second-half minutes
 to cruise to a 3-0 defeat of Hellas Verona at the Stadio Olimpico.
 
 The  Roman club was held scoreless in the opening period but managed to find a
 breakthrough  inside  the opening  11 minutes  of the  second half as Fabrizio
 Cacciatore conceded an own goal in the 56th minute.
 
 Miralem  Pjanic  erased  any  notion  that  Roma  took  the  lead  through  an
 unfortunate  circumstance as  the 23-year-old  doubled Roma's  advantage three
 minutes  later, and  Adem  Ljajic made  sure  of the  victory  by grabbing  an
 insurance goal in the 66th minute.
 
 Roma  has now taken  six points from its first two matches, scoring five goals
 and keeping clean sheets in both games.
 
 Hellas  Verona, unable  to build  upon  its opening  day defeat  of AC  Milan,
 remains on three points in its first season back in the Italian top flight.
 
 
 AC Milan 3, Cagliari 1
 
 Milan,  Italy  - AC Milan bounced  back from its  loss to Hellas Verona on the
 opening day of the Serie A season to claim a 3-1 defeat of Cagliari at the San
 Siro on Sunday.
 
 The  home  side was in front  by two goals  by the 30-minute mark as Robinho's
 opener  in  the eighth minute was  supplemented by Philippe Mexes in the 30th,
 but  Cagliari managed to cut its deficit in half before the interval thanks to
 Marco Sau's goal three minutes later.
 
 Milan  controlled the  second half and eventually grabbed an insurance goal in
 the  62th minute  thanks to Mario Balotelli, who notched his first league goal
 of the season.
 
 
 Inter Milan 3, Catania 0
 
 Catania,  Italy -  Inter Milan  continued its  strong start  to the  season by
 cruising to a 3-0 defeat of Catania at the Stadio Angelo Massimino on Sunday.
 
 The  visitors were  in control of the  match from the opening whistle but only
 managed  a  one-goal lead by  halftime thanks to Rodrigo Palacio's 19th-minute
 strike.
 
 Inter  put the game  to rest in the second half with Yuto Nagatomo and Ricardo
 Alvarez scoring in the 56th and 80th minutes, respectively.
 
 
 Fiorentina 5, Genoa 2
 
 Genoa,  Italy  - Giuseppe Rossi  and Mario Gomez  both recorded braces to lead
 Fiorentina to a 5-2 victory over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday.
 
 After Alberto Aquilani got the visitors off the mark in the 10th minute, Rossi
 continued the roll four minutes later by doubling Fiorentina's advantage while
 Gomez struck in the 41st minute to hand the club a comfortable cushion heading
 into halftime.
 
 Alberto  Gilardino  pulled one back  in the 54th minute  for Genoa, but it was
 canceled  out  a minute later by  Rossi. Francesco Lodi converted a penalty in
 the  60th minute to  bring Genoa back to within two, but Gomez answered with a
 penalty  of  his own  in stoppage  time, completing  an impressive outing from
 Vincenzo Montella's men.
 
 
 Udinese 3, Parma 1
 
 Udine,  Italy -  Udinese secured  its first  league victory  of the  season on
 Sunday as it topped Parma in a 3-1 win at the Stadio Friuli.
 
 Emmanuel  Agyemang-Badu provided the home side with the lone goal of the first
 half while Thomas Heurtaux doubled Udinese's edge in the 72nd minute.
 
 Antonio  Cassano handed  Parma a lifeline with a goal eight minutes from time,
 but Udinese managed to close out the match when Luis Muriel converted from the
 spot in the 89th minute.
 
 
 Livorno 4, Sassuolo 1
 
 Modena,  Italy  - Livorno  came out on  top in a  battle of two newly-promoted
 sides  on  Sunday, earning a  4-1 victory over  Sassuolo at the Stadio Alberto
 Braglia.
 
 Simone  Zaza  thought he had  erased Leandro Greco's  opening goal in the 66th
 minute,  but Innocent  Emeghara  scored  for Livorno  three  minutes later  to
 restore the club's lead.
 
 The  visitors  never looked  back as  Paulo Sergio Betanin  and a penalty from
 Emeghara helped Livorno complete the comfortable victory.
 
 
 Atalanta 2, Torino 0
 
 Bergamo,  Italy - Atalanta bagged two second-half goals to earn a 2-0 win over
 Torino at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia di Torino on Sunday.
 
 After  a  scoreless opening  period, Guglielmo Stendardo  got Atalanta off the
 mark with a goal in the 57th minute.
 
 Stefano  Lucchini scored  nine minutes from time to leave visiting Torino with
 no way back.
 
 
 Bologna 2, Sampdoria 2
 
 Bologna, Italy - Bologna and Sampdoria split the points after playing to a 2-2
 draw at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on Sunday.
 
 The  two sides were even at halftime after Citadin Eder and Davide Moscardelli
 exchanged  goals  in  the  opening  period,  and  they  finished  level  after
 Panagiotis Kone's strike was negated by Manolo Gabbiadini in the 71st minute.
 
 Both  clubs suffered losses in the opening Serie A weekend, leaving them level
 on one point apiece.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/01 18:09:10 ET

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