Hellas Verona FC marked their return to Serie A by stunning AC Milan 2-1, allowing Juventus to steal an early march on their Scudetto rivals as they earned a narrow win at UC Sampdoria.
Little was expected of Verona – last among the Italian elite in 2001/02 – in a tough re-introduction to the top flight against a Rossoneri team that finished third last term.
Indeed, the prospect of collecting any opening-day points looked slim when Milan's summer signing Andrea Poli struck inside the first quarter of an hour. However, it was one of the Gialloblu's new recruits, veteran forward Luca Toni, who stole the limelight.
The 36-year-old, who has proven his goalscoring ability at numerous clubs up and down the peninsula and scored on his Verona debut in the Coppa Italia last week, produced a trademark header in each half to ensure his side of a famous comeback victory.
A dream league debut was to be had too in sodden Genoa, where Carlos Tévez (58) struck the only goal as Juventus came away from Sampdoria with maximum points. Paul Pogba latched onto Arturo Vidal's neat through ball and quickly squared for the Argentinian international to knock in from close range.
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