Serie A results: Roma,Milan and Inter WIN; Lazio held by newcomers SPAL

Atalanta 0 – 1 Roma

Bologna 1 – 1 Torino

Crotone 0 – 3 AC Milan

Inter 3 – 0 Fiorentina

Lazio 0 – 0 SPAL 2013

Sampdoria 2 – 1 Benevento

Sassuolo 0 – 0 Genoa

Udinese 1 – 2 Chievo Verona

  • Crotone 0 – 3 AC Milan

Academy product Patrick Cutrone was the standout performer in an AC Milan team chock-full of expensive summer signings as his goal and assist helped the ambitious Rossoneri thrash 10-man Crotone 3-0 in Serie A on Sunday night.

The match at Stadio Ezio Scida was an opportunity for Milan fans — especially those who missed last week’s 6-0 demolition of Shkendija in the Europa League playoffs — to get a first glimpse of the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva, who have all signed up for a bold new era at San Siro.

However Silva, the striker purchased at a premium from Porto in June, did not start, with 19-year-old Cutrone preferred.

Any disappointment among travelling supporters faded when, after Franck Kessie opened the scoring from the penalty spot, Cutrone headed his first league goal before deftly setting up Suso.

Crotone’s task was made all the more difficult by the fact they lost centre-back Federico Ceccherini in the incident that allowed Kessie to notch from the spot.

The scoreline is the same one by which reigning champions Juventus beat Cagliari in Saturday’s curtain-raiser and Milan will hope their determination to win a first Scudetto since 2011 has been effectively conveyed.

  • Inter 3 – 0 Fiorentina

Inter Milan are also hoping to return to former glories under Chinese owners and Mauro Icardi got them off to a strong start with a brace in their 3-0 home victory over Fiorentina.

The Argentinian forward boosted Luciano Spalletti’s Inter into an early lead from the penalty spot and turned Ivan Perisic’s assist home in the 15th minute.

In the second half, Perisic – a reported target for Manchester United – turned scorer to rubber-stamp the outcome.

  • Atalanta 0 – 1 Roma

Aleksandar Kolarov ensured Eusebio Di Francesco made a winning start to life as Roma’s new head coach by firing the Giallorossi to a 1-0 victory at Atalanta.

The summer signing from Manchester City steered home a 31st-minute free-kick that secured all three points for last season’s runners-up.

Atalanta made an unexpected run to fourth place – and Europa League football – last term but the Bergamo outfit could not avoid defeat as substitute Josip Ilicic failed to salvage a point when he slammed the ball against a post with three minutes remaining.

Francesco Totti, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 campaign following 24 years as a Roma striker, watched from the stands in his new role as a director.

  • Bologna 1 – 1 Torino

In-demand striker Andrea Belotti was denied a second-half winner by the video assistant referee as Torino had to settle for a 1-1 draw atBologna.

Federico Di Francesco fired the Rossoblu ahead before Adem Ljajic replied thanks largely to a howler from home goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

  • Lazio 0 – 0 SPAL 2013

Newly-promoted SPAL took a point from their trip to Lazio, with Federico Viviani hitting a post for the Ferrara club in a goalless draw.

  • Sampdoria 2 – 1 Benevento

Newcomers Benevento went down 2-1 at Sampdoria as Fabio Quagliarella’s brace cancelled out Amato Ciciretti’s 15th-minute effort.

  • Udinese 1 – 2 Chievo Verona

Valter Birsa’s sumptuous strike clinched Chievo the points from a 2-1 success at Udinese, where Cyril Thereau had responded to Roberto Inglese’s opener.

  • Sassuolo 0 – 0 Genoa

Genoa earned a vital away point after a goalless draw with Sassuolo.

Serie A results: Juventus cruise at home against Cagliari; Napoli win away Hellas Verona

Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

  • Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic drilled home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner to put Juve in control after just 12 minutes.

But Cagliari rallied and earned a penalty when Alex Sandro upended Duje Cop, but Gianluigi Buffon comfortably saved Diego Farias’ spot kick, and after that Juve quickly regained control.

Miralem Pjanic played in Paula Dybala and the Argentina forward did the rest, firing into the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.

Sandro then atoned for conceding the penalty by teeing up Gonzalo Higuain for Juve’s third, with the Argentina hitman slotting home with ease.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi joined the fray late on for his Juve debut, fresh from his midweek switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Hellas Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.

The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Samuel Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control. Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.

Lorenzo insigne played in Arkaduisz Milik and the Poland striker fired home to cap a flowing break.

Faouzi Ghoulam blasted home the third just past the hour to kill the contest.

Verona managed to scramble a consolation however, after Elseid Hysaj upended Alex Ferrari for a penalty.

Hysaj was sent off and Pazzini converted the spot-kick, but in reality all Verona’s late goal did was gloss the scoreline.

Fiorentina sign Giovanni Simeone from Genoa

Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego — from Genoa.

Simeone, 22, scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season and helps reinforce the forward line at the Stadio Artemio Franchi following the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus.

A statement published on Fiorentina’s website on Wednesday evening said Simeone had committed to the Tuscans until 2022.

Simeone played for River Plate in his native Argentina between 2013 and 2016 during which time he won an Argentina Primera Division, a Copa Libertadores, a Copa Sudamericana and a Recopa Sudamericana.

Aleksandar Kolarov joins AS Roma from Manchester City 


Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Serie A club Roma on a three-year deal for a fee of £4.5m.

The 31-year-old, who played 247 times for City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club.

The Serbia full-back moved to City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010.
Kolarov becomes the latest defender to leave City this summer, following Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna out of the club.
“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said. “I will give 100% and more for Roma. My objective is always the same: to win.”

On leaving City he added: “When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long.

“Today is the day I have to say goodbye. For me, it’s a very sad day. I am proud that I was part of making City the club that it is.”
Kolarov will now join up with the Italian club in Boston as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

AC Milan seal the 40m Euro signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus; Mattia De Sciglio move to the opposite direction

​AC Milan have signed Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for a reported 40m euros (£35.1m).
Bonucci has signed a five-year deal with the 18-time champions, who have spent about £160m this  summer.
The Italy international, capped 70 times, joined the Milan club last week subject to a medical.

The 30-year-old spent seven years at Juventus, making 319 appearances and winning six consecutive Serie A titles.
Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said: “Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world.”

Bonucci becomes the fourth defender AC Milan have signed this summer following the arrivals of centre-back Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal for £16m, left-back  Ricardo Rodriguez from  Wolfsburg for £16mand right-back Andrea Conti for £21.4m.
AC Milan have also brought midfielders Franck Kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas  Biglia, along with forwards Andre Silvaand Fabio Borini, in what has been a very busy summer so far in the transfer market.
The Rossoneri are also in  talks to sign Andrea  Belotti from Torino after  missing out on Alvaro  Morata and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyangand have held discussions  with Bayern Munich  about signing Portuguese midfielder Renato  Sanches.

Meanwhile, Juve completed the signing of full-back Mattia de Sciglio, 24, from Milan for £10.64m.

De Sciglio moves in the opposite direction as a replacement for Dani Alves at right back for Juventus.

Juventus made the announcement on Thursday that De Sciglio was joining from AC Milan and signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions.

Alves was released by Juventus in June and subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old has 31 caps for Italy.

A statement on their website said: “Juventus are adding a player with versatility, skill and an international pedigree.”
Bonucci’s move means he becomes the world’s most expensive player aged 30 or over, surpassing the  £22.5m Roma paid Fiorentina for striker Gabriel Batistuta in 2000.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”

Leonardo Bonucci have medicals at Milan ahead of shock €40m move from Juventus

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock move to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Bonucci was seen arriving at the Casa Milan headquarters on Friday, with his car greeted by around 200 excited fans as it drove past.
It marks a return to San Siro for Bonucci, who began his career with Milan’s foes Inter, but he made only one substitute appearance in the league along with a handful of Coppa Italia matches.

An agreement between the two clubs over a fee believed to be €40 million was reportedly struck in the early hours of the morning, paving the way for one of the most unexpected transfers in recent Serie A history.

Only a few weeks ago, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Bonucci would be the “leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

That no longer seems the case, however, with Bonucci now in Milan for a medical and to discuss personal terms, which could reportedly make him Serie A’s highest-paid player amid suggestions of a €7.5m annual contract.

A day earlier the Lazian centre-back – a 70-time Italy international – sparked intrigue among Juve fans by tweeting: “Back to work. I’m ready to start again!”

Their initially faint fears appear to be well-founded as the player for so long part of a solid three-man defence alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli is about to depart the Allianz Stadium.
He had loan spells at Serie B sides Treviso and Pisa before he joined Genoa in 2009. However, he was almost immediately transferred to Bari in a co-ownership deal.

He was ever-present in his one season with Bari, forming a strong central-defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia, before being snapped up by Juve.
Bonucci has won Serie A in each of the last six seasons with Juve, and also won the league title with Milan’s city rivals Inter in 2006.