Sardinians claim emphatic first win

Cagliari picked up their first win of the fledgling Serie A season with a 3-0 thrashing of Atalanta at Stadio Sant'Elia on Sunday afternoon.

Marco Borriello gave the newly-promoted side the lead in just the eighth minute as the home side burst out of the gates.

Alberto Paloschi missed a glorious opportunity to pull Atalanda level when he whiffed a penalty in the 36th minute.

And they paid for it dearly as Marco Sau doubled Cagliari's lead in the 55th minute before Borriello put the result beyond doubt when he completed his brace in the 73rd minute.

Elsewhere, Torino dominated Empoli for almost the entire match at Stadio Olimpico di Torino but were unable to convert their advantage into goals and it ended 0-0.

Neither Crotone nor Palermo did themselves any favours in a 1-1 draw at Stadio Adriatico – Giovanni Cornacchia. The Serie A's bottom two clubs would've been desperate for a win to get out of the relegation zone but Marcello Trotta (23') and Ilija Nestorovski (66') traded goals as the spoils were shared.

Genoa suffered their first defeat of the season as they were stunned by a clinical Sassuolo outfit at  Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore.

Matteo Politano gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot in the 58th minute before Gregoire Defrel doubled their advantage eight minutes later to secure the three points.

Chievo recovered from an early setback to claim a 2-1 win over Udinese at the Dacia Arena in the last of the day's early games.

The home side took the lead through Duvan Zapata 25 minutes in, but Chievo responded well and thoroughly deserved the victory even if they did leave it very late.

Despite having 20 shots at goal, they had to wait until the 82nd minute before Lucas Castro pulled them level and just when it seemed they match would end in a draw, Fabrizio Cacciatore scored five minutes into injury time to give them a well-deserved win.

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