In Sunday’s early match, Serbia striker Adem Ljajic scored on his debut for Roma as Rudi Garcia’s side hit three unanswered goals past Verona, who had stunned AC Milan last week, inside ten second-half minutes.
Fiorentina also turned on the class, Giuseppe Rossi scoring a brace and Mario Gomez claiming his maiden Serie A goals, his second from the penalty spot in injury time, in an entertaining 5-2 win away to Genoa that began with Alberto Aquilani’s tenth minute opener.
AC Milan got the chance to test new striker Alessandro Matri, signed from Juventus in midweek, after Mario Balotelli had scored the Rossoneri’s third in a one-sided 3-1 win at home to Cagliari.
Robinho, starting in place of Stephan El Shaarawy, opened the scoring on eight minutes and although Marco Sau scored a screamer two minutes after Philippe Mexes had given Milan a 2-1 lead, Balotelli settled nerves with a fine solo effort just after the hour.
City rivals Inter Milan, meanwhile, emerged from the potential banana skin of a trip to Catania with all three points to remain second with their 3-0 win. Inter had Rodrigo Palacio to thank for a 20th minute opener after the Argentinian striker tapped home Jonathan’s bullet pass across goal.
The Nerazzurri, looking to improve after a disastrous ninth place finish under Andrea Stramaccioni, saw Japanese international Yuto Nagatomo score a first-time bullet header from Palacio’s cross on 56 minutes for his second goal in as many games.
Inter secured all three points ten minutes from time thanks to Riccardo Alvarez.
Sassuolo lost at home to Livorno 4-1, Innocent Emeghara bagging a brace for the visitors, and hosts Udinese beat Parma 3-1.