Serie A scores, highlights: Napoli stay perfect with seventh straight win; Roma best Empoli

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Sunday’s Serie A action produced yet more goals and talking points with Napoli still top of the Italian top-flight after a show of strength in Florence. Roma remain in the chasing pack while there were goals galore in all of the other games with 18 goals scored before Atalanta even kicked off against AC Milan.

Serie A scores

Bologna 3, Lazio 0
Napoli 2, Fiorentina 1
Verona 4, Spezia 0
Sampdoria 3, Udinese 3
Roma 2, Empoli 0

Napoli stay perfect

In a serious test of their title credentials, Luciano Spalletti’s men came from behind to beat a good Viola side 2-1 in Florence to retain top spot into the international break. Lucas Martinez gave Fiorentina the lead, but Hirving Lozano and Amir Rrahmani ensured that the Partenopei took all three points. Napoli is now a perfect 7-0-0 to start the league season.

Roma navigate Empoli

Jose Mourinho and his players recovered from last week’s defeat in the derby with Lazio by beating Empoli 2-0 in a routine victory. Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrated his recent contract extension with the opener before Henrikh Mkhitaryan added the second at Stadio Olimpico to keep the Giallorossi in the UEFA Champions League places.

Lazio blown out

Fresh from the high of their derby success over Roma, Lazio were blown away by Bologna with Musa Barrow and Arthur Theate combining twice to devastating effect within the opening 17 minutes. An Aaron Hickey effort made it three in the second half and there was no way back for Maurizio Sarri’s men, who saw Francesco Acerbi sent off.

Verona smash Spezia

The improvement under Igor Tudor continues for Hellas Verona who were 3-0 up by halftime of their 4-0 thumping of Spezia. Giovanni Simeone, Davide Faraoni and Gianluca Caprari all netted inside the opening 45 minutes at Bentegodi before Daniel Bessa made it four while Thiago Motta’s men sink closer to the bottom spot.

Sampdoria-Udinese thriller

However, as far as entertainment goes, no match could really compare with Sampdoria-Udinese as a topsy-turvy encounter ended 3-3. Roberto Pereyra opened the scoring for the visitors at Luigi Ferraris only for a Jens Stryger Larsen own goal to level things up. Beto gave Udinese the lead again only for Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Candreva to put the home side in front. Fernando Forestieri was the hero for Luca Gotti’s men with a late equalizer to ensure that it finished three apiece.

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