It was a rare quiet day in Serie A as only title contenders Inter lived up to expectations on an uneventful Saturday. Let’s take a look at everything that happened in today’s Serie A fixtures.
Share of spoils in Turin
Torino and Lazio shared the spoils in a tepid goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in a game with a handful of scoring chances.
Indeed, while Ivan Juric’s side managed just one shot on target despite having more ball possession, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic managed just two saves to thwart the Biancocelesti.
Both teams entered day two after day one triumphs. Torino defeated newly-promoted Monza 2-1 while Lazio came from behind to beat Bologna by an identical scoreline.
However, they took their scoring boots off today. Neither goalkeeper had much to do as the Turin crowd left the stadium unentertained for their ticket money.
Salernitana held by Ten-Man Udinese
After an opening day loss to defending champions Milan, Udinese were hoping to bounce back at the Dacia Arena against last season’s survival strugglers Salernitana.
New manager Andrea Sottil has goalkeeper Marco Silverstri to thank for repeatedly saving his side as the visitors failed to capitalize on a power play.
Udinese full-back Nehuen Perez received his marching orders at the stroke of half-time for a reckless tackle, leaving his side tied down for a body on the pitch.
Salernitana did everything they could to turn things around after a 1-0 home loss to Roma last time out, but their bid to defeat the Friulians for just the second time in their top-flight history failed.
In the end, they had to settle for a 0-0 draw despite 17 attempted shots on goal, including six on target.
Sassuolo Nail Lecce deep in Serie A
Sassuolo may have said goodbye to talismanic striker Gianluca Scamacca, but longtime captain Domenico Berardi is still fit and firing.
After a disheartening 3-0 defeat at Juventus in their 2022/23 Serie A opener, Alessio Dionisi’s men were in Mapei to kick off their domestic season.
Standing in their way were newly-promoted Lecce, who opened the season with a heartbreaking 2-1 home defeat to last season’s runners-up Inter.
In a fairly physical affair, neither side created enough scoring chances until Berardi stole the show with a sensational volley from outside the box to hand Sassuolo a narrow 1-0 victory .
Lecce never got up after conceding five minutes before half-time as the Neroverdi got back to winning ways and got a morale-boosting victory.
Inter Sail Past Lowly Spezia
There was never any doubt as top-flight Inter beat Spezia 3-0 to Giuseppe Meazza to maintain their 100 per cent start for the new Serie A season.
As well as preventing the Ligurian visitors from producing a single shot on goal in the first half, Simone Inzaghi’s side had countless glaring chances to put the game to bed before the break.
But Lautaro Martinez’s sublime shot from the edge of the box late in the first half was the only strike in the opening 45 minutes, giving Spezia everything to play for after the restart.
Just seven minutes into the second half, Hakan Calhanoglu smashed the ball past Bartlomiej Dragowski to put clear daylight between the sides and set the tone for another night of celebration.
Second-half substitutes Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa combined to give Inter a late three-goal cushion, with the Argentine striker opening his seasonal tally.