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Italy round-up: Del Piero double inspires Juventus

Published: Monday 16 September 2002
Champions Juventus FC beat Atalanta BC while AC Chievo Verona beat S.S. Lazio.

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Published: Monday 16 September 2002

Italy round-up: Del Piero double inspires Juventus

Champions Juventus FC beat Atalanta BC while AC Chievo Verona beat S.S. Lazio.

Alessandro Del Piero scored twice as champions Juventus FC made a winning start to their Serie A title defence with a 3-0 victory over Atalanta BC on Sunday.

From the spot
French international striker David Trezeguet, Serie A's joint-top scorer last term, missed the match through injury, and coach Marcello Lippi gave a debut start to former Parma AC forward Marco Di Vaio in attack. However, it was his more established strike partner Del Piero who made the difference, putting Juventus ahead with a 27th minute penalty after he had been brought down by Luciano Zauri.

Fresi on target
Del Piero added the second seven minutes later with a fine control and finish after good work from Pavel Nedved. Substitute Salvatore Fresi, making his Serie A debut for Juventus, completed the win with a powerful long-range effort in the final minute.

Surprise package
Last season's surprise package AC Chievo Verona showed they intend to continue their giant-killing feats with a superb 3-2 win at S.S. Lazio. Chievo exceeded all expectations last term, sealing a UEFA Cup berth in their first ever top-flight campaign, and quickly showed they have no intention of fading out of the limelight.

Thunderous header
Lazio, with new coach Roberto Mancini in charge for the first time, got off to the perfect start when Argentinian international Diego Simeone put them ahead in the fifth minute, hooking in a Claudio Lopez cross at the near post. But within nine minutes Chievo had drawn level with defender Lorenzo D'Anna thundering in a header from a corner.

Bierhoff strike
The team from a tiny suburb of Verona then went ahead five minutes after the restart with German striker Oliver Bierhoff producing a neat finish to score on his Chievo debut. With the game flowing from end to end, Lazio debutant Bernardo Corradi, making his first appearance since a close-season move from Chievo, scored with a back-post header to make it 2-2.

Late winner
With Lazio pushing forward in search of a winner, Chievo caught them out with a quick counterattack in the 70th minute, Ivano Della Morte racing past Fernando Couto before chipping advancing Lazio goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi to grab the win.

Udinese held
Elsewhere, Udinese Calcio came back to seal a 1-1 draw at home to Parma AC. Brazilian Alberto struck nine minutes after the interval to cancel out an opener from fellow countryman Adriano on 24 minutes.

Hubner the hero
In Sunday's evening matches, Dario Hubner scored the winner in Piacenza FC's 2-1 away win at Brescia Calcio, while goals from Fabrizio Miccoli and Giovanni Tedesco gave AC Perugia a 2-0 victory over visiting Reggina Calcio.

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