: Fiorentina turned on the class, Giuseppe Rossi scoring a brace and Mario Gomez claiming his maiden Serie A goals; his second from the penalty spot in injury time, in an entertaining 5-2 win away to Genoa that began with Alberto Aquilani’s 10th minute opener.
“I want to thank the whole team, we all played superbly today although we have to improve our defensive play,” said Gomez, signed in the close season from Bayern Munich.
AC Milan got the chance to test new striker Alessandro Matri, signed from Juventus in midweek, after Mario Balotelli had scored the Rossoneri’s third in a one-sided 3-1 win at home to Cagliari.
Robinho, starting in place of Stephan El Shaarawy, opened the scoring on eight minutes and although Marco Sau scored a screamer two minutes after Philippe Mexes had given Milan a 2-1 lead, Balotelli settled nerves with a fine solo effort just after the hour.
City rival Inter, meanwhile, emerged from the potential banana skin of a trip to Catania with all three points to remain second.
Inter had Rodrigo Palacio to thank for a 20th minute opener after the Argentinian striker tapped home Jonathan’s bullet pass across goal.
The Nerazzurri, looking to improve after a disastrous ninth place finish under Andrea Stramaccioni, saw Japan international Yuto Nagatomo score a first-time bullet header from Palacio’s cross on 56 minutes for his second goal in as many games.
The results : Roma 3 (Cacciatore 56-og, Pjanic 59, Ljajic 66) bt Verona 0; Atalanta 2 (Stendardo 57, Lucchini 81) bt Torino 0; Bologna 2 (Moscardelli 41, Kone 64) drew with Sampdoria 2 (Eder 25, Gabbiadini 71); Catania 0 lost to Inter 3 (Palacio 19, Nagatomo 56, Alvarez 80); Genoa 2 (Gilardino 54, Lodi 60) lost to Fiorentina 5 (Aquilani 10, Rossi 14, 55, Gomez 41, 90+4-pen); AC Milan 3 (Robinho 8, Mexes 30, Balotelli 62) bt Cagliari 1 (Sau 32); Sassuolo 1 (Zaza 66) lost to Livorno 4 (Greco 43, Emeghara 69, 85-pen, Paulinho 74); Udinese 3 (Badu 11, Heurtaux 72, Muriel 69-pen) bt Parma 1 (Cassano 82).— AFP