AS Roma's preparations for their UEFA Champions League encounter with Arsenal FC this week were thrown into disarray when they suffered a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Parma AC in Serie A on Sunday.
Emiliano Bonazzoli put Parma ahead after just eleven minutes and Romanian international Adrian Mutu doubled the advantage from the penalty spot on 22 minutes. Bonazzoli capped the win with his second of the match midway through the second half.
Elsewhere, AC Chievo Verona put an end to Empoli FC's perfect away record when Massimo Marazzina got the only goal of the game in the 26th minute. Piacenza FC edged a 1-0 win against Torino Calcio by virtue of Eusebio di Francesco's 22nd-minute goal, which condemned Torino to their sixth consecutive away defeat.
Nestor Sensini's 68th-minute own goal handed Brescia Calcio a precious point against Udinese Calcio. The hosts, who have yet to win at their Mario Rigamonti stadium in five attempts, fell behind after Martin Jorgensen's eighth-minute lob. But with the home fans again expecting the worst, former Argentina international Sensini beat his own keeper to earn Brescia a share of the spoils.
The basement battle between Reggina Calcio and Atalanta BC also finished 1-1. Reggina came from behind to get a point and in doing so ended a run of four straight defeats. Atalanta went ahead through Carmine Gautieri in the 35th minute and Reggina got back on level terms ten minutes into the second half when Gianluca Savoldi found the net. Both teams remain in the bottom four.
Rock-bottom Como Calcio are still searching for their first win of the season after suffering a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at AC Perugia. The newly promoted side have made a disastrous start to their Serie A campaign, claiming just four points from eleven games. Striker Massimiliano Fusani set the struggling club on the way to another miserable afternoon when he opened the scoring for Perugia after 14 minutes. The home side doubled their advantage when Fabrizio Miccoli struck just after the interval and Mauro Milanese completed the win.
In Sunday's late game, a stunning bicycle kick from Bernardi Corradi put S.S. Lazio on track for an emphatic 4-0 win over Modena FC which took them to within a point of the Serie A leaders. Corradi's brilliant 24th-minute strike opened the scoring and within seven minutes Claudio López had made it 2-0 for Robert Mancini's men.
Brazilian defender César Rodrigues made it 3-0 in the 70th minute and Corradi hit his second a minute from time as Lazio moved third in the table, ahead of Internazionale FC and AC Chievo Verona but a point behind AC Milan and Juventus FC.
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