Serie A: Disappointing Inter held by Bari; Juve & Lazio open with wins; Genoa beat Roma in 5-goal thriller

Inter Milan 1 – Bari 1 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Samuel Eto’o, on his Inter debut in Serie A, almost broke his deadlock inside the opening minutes as the forward danced his way through the Bari defence and saw his shot parried away. Maicon saw a powerful shot saved after the half hour. Inter then won a penalty early in the second half and Samuel Eto’o made sure he opened his account from the spot. Eto’o should have made it two soon after but the Cameroonian dragged his shot narrowly wide. And the miss proved costly as Bari, who had barely threatened previous, all too easily found space in Inter’s defence and Vitali Kutuzov equalised.

Juventus 1 – Chievo 0 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) A wonderful header from Vincenzo Iaquinta handed Juve the lead over Chievo.

Lazio 1 – Atalanta 0 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Tommaso Rocchi put Lazio in front against Atalanta with a calm finish after Foggia had found the forward with a brilliant through-ball.

Catania 1 – Sampdoria 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Giampaolo Pazzini put Samp into a 7th minute lead at Catania, Takayuki Morimoto bringing the Sicilians level in the 38th minute. A last minute goal from Daniele Gastaldello ensured Sampdoria snatched the late win.

Genoa 3 – Roma 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) After a goalless first half in Genoa, Domenico Criscito fired the hosts ahead in the 49th minute. Roma soon levelled through Rodrigo Taddei before Francesco Totti turned the match in the visitors’ favour. Alberto Zapater brought Genoa back level with 20 minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish in which Giuseppe Biava grabbed late winner for the Rossoblu.

Udinese 2 – Parma 2 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Alberto Paloschi put away team Parma in front but Antonio Di Natale restored parity from the penalty spot. Alessandro Lucarelli then scored four minutes into the second half and looked to have handed Parma the spoils only for Di Natale to level in the 90th minute.

Palermo 2 – Napoli 1 (Serie A, August 23, 2009) Fabrizio Miccoli was the hero for Palermo as the home side recorded a 2-1 victory over Napoli. Marek Hamsik was on hand to cancel out Edinson Cavani’s opener before Miccoli bagged the winning goal.

Livorno 0 – Cagliari 0 (Serie A, August 23, 2009)