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Serie A Round-up: Gameweek 1

Serie A Round-up: Udinese hold Juve, Inter hit Genoa for four and Mourinho makes grand return with Roma

August 24, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Serie A is up and running and its first week was not short of thrills.

The Italian Serie A returned over the weekend and practically picked up from where it ended things last season with a number of suprising results emerging. Defending champions Inter Milan had a perfect start to the new campaign and managed to hit Genoa for four to extend their impressive winning streak in the league to nine.

On the contrary, rivals Juventus - who will be poised to reclaim the Scudetto - were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw against Udinese this weekend. Despite having established a two-goal lead in the first half, the Bianconeri were pegged back and ended up conceeding two second half goals. A late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo would have sealed the result but an offside ruling by VAR dashed the hopes of the Old Lady and ensured that Massimiliano Allegeri's second-coming began with a draw.

Over in Roma, Jose Mourinho marked his Serie A return by firing his charges to a 3-1 win over Fiorentina in an encounter which ended with both sides having nine outfield players on the pitch.  In Naples, Luciano Spalletti set his new team out to get the better of newly promoted Venezia, registering a 2-0 win despite having overseen Victor Oshimen's sending off in the 22nd minute.

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Report: Cristiano Ronaldo sets sight on Juventus exit: Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly considering his future at Juventus ahead of the closure of the transfer window. The 35-year-old superstar is said to be exploring the possibility to join Manchester City as Paris Saint-Germain have cooled interest in his signing in recent weeks.

Inter clos to signing Joachim Correa from Lazio: Inter are close to completing their deal for Lazio forward Joaquin Correa for a reported fee of €30M. The Nerrazurri, who parted ways with striker Romelu Lukaku, are expected to split the fee into into three instalments plus €1-2m bonuses. Correa had been among the first choices to replace the departed Lukaku, having worked for coach Simone Inzaghi at the Stadio Olimpico for the past few seasons.

Marseille close in on Napoli star Ounas: Olympique Marseille are fully pursuing a move for Napoli winger Adam Ounas, reports in France and Italy revealed on Monday. Since the beginning of last month, the club's interest in the Algeria international as significantly reason as the end of the transfer window closes in.

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Juventus vs Empoli: Juventus will hope to bury last weekend's disappointment against Udinese when they welcome Empoli to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday. After slipping and conceding two goals in the second half of the clash with Udinese, the Bianconeri will be more vigilant this time around as they attempt to contain any threat that comes their way.

Milan vs Cagliari: Having managed a runners-up position last season, Miian will be eager to move a bit closer to the title. They will welcome Cagliari to San Siro as they aim to make it two wins out of two in the Italian top flight.

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