RESULTS and REPORTS for the first round
|Cagliari 2 -
Mohammed Kallon 31, Roberto Muzzi 41 Inter Milan 2 - Nicola Ventola 76,
83 HT: 2-0; Att: 30,000
A dissapointing start for Inter, strong contenders for the title. Ronaldo was missed, as he is still suspended. On the positive, young Italian striker Nicola Ventola was outstanding, scoring 2 in his first league game for Inter. The multi-million dollar player shows great potential for the season.
Juventus dominated this thriller. After going up 3-0 in the first half, the Juve defense relaxed. Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata made an explosive Serie A debut with 2 goals that pulled Perugia up to 3-2. Juve then scored the definitive 4th goal, but Perugia gave them a fight. Nakata is the great revelation of the 1st round.
Disappointing start for contenders Lazio. Vieri made his Serie A debut for Lazio, but was unable to tip the scales in their favor.
Great performance for Roma. New Paulo Sergio proved to be a great buy.
A strong start for the Florence side. The old favorites of Fiorentina shone. The "Animal" Edmundo only managed to get one red card.
A clash between what appeared to be even teams. Udinese was able to play well without their big stars from last year, but their absence was noted.
Disappointing start for the big spending Parma side.
An excellent display by the "new" AC Milan. Bierhoff was, as always, deadly in the air. Milan showed themselves capable of dominating opponents like the teams of old. Bologna is weak after the departure of their stars.
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