Inter tops Genoa to make winning start

Yuto Nagatomo and Rodrigo Palacio scored in the final 15 minutes at the San Siro on Sunday to help Inter Milan make a winning start to the Serie A season with a 2-0 defeat of Genoa.

After 75 scoreless minutes, it looked as if the two sides would be destined to finish with a point apiece, but the home side managed to break the deadlock when Nagatomo took advantage of a fortuitous bounce in the penalty area to convert from close range.

Inter put the victory beyond any doubt in stoppage time when Fredy Guarin set the table for Palacio to chip a shot over Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin for the insurance goal.

Roma 2, Livorno 0

Livorno, Italy - Daniele De Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi scored two minutes apart to see Roma open the Serie A season with a 2-0 victory over Livorno at the Stadio Armando Picchi on Sunday.

Livorno, newly-promoted from Serie B, held its own by making it to the halftime interval with a draw in tact, but De Rossi put the visitors in front by opening the scoring in the 65th minute.

And Florenzi wasted little time in finding an insurance goal as his 67th- minute strike doubled Roma's advantage to ensure all three points.

Lazio 2, Udinese 1

Rome, Italy - Lazio made a strong start to the new season by picking up a 2-1 victory over Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Hernanes got the home side off the mark in the 13th minute before Antonio Candreva extended Lazio's lead with a penalty kick three minutes later.

It proved to be a crucial penalty as Luis Muriel pulled one back for Udinese at the hour mark, but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation goal.

Napoli 3, Bologna 0

Naples, Italy - Napoli did not skip a beat in the wake of Edinson Cavani's departure as it cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bologna at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.

Cavani made the move to free-spending PSG this summer, but Napoli coped admirably with his absence as the newly-signed Jose Maria Callejon produced the club's opening goal of the season.

Marek Hamsik helped Napoli extend the lead, doubling the home side's advantage in first-half stoppage time before completing his brace in the 63rd minute.

Torino 2, Sassuolo 0

Turin, Italy - Torino scored on opposite sides of halftime to open the Serie A season with a 2-0 defeat of newly-promoted Sassuolo on Sunday.

Matteo Brighi grabbed the opening goal just five minutes before halftime while Alessio Cerci put the result beyond any doubt by adding to Torino's lead in the 63rd minute.

Cagliari 2, Atalanta 1

Cagliari, Italy - Cagliari came from behind at the Stadio Sant'Elia on Sunday as Matias Cabera nabbed the game-winning goal to see the home side earn a 2-1 win over Atalanta.

The visitors went one goal to the good in 27th minute through Guglielmo Stendardo, but the lead was short lived as Radja Nainggolan equalized just one minute later. The two sides remained level until the 63rd minute when Cabera popped up with the winner.

Parma 0, Chievo 0

Parma, Italy - There was no separating Parma and Chievo at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Sunday as the two sides split the points in a 0-0 draw.

Parma will be looking to get its first win in its next fixture, an away match at Udinese, while Chievo marks its home opener in a meeting with Napoli.