Matchday 4 of Serie A threw up some big moments and results, with the biggest of the fixtures having come on Tuesday night. The fixtures were wrapped up on Thursday as Bologna drew 1-1 with Salernitana and Atalanta beat Torino 3-1.
There were more than enough chances at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara for the goalless half-time scoreline to be a surprise. Bologna got their lead in the second half though as Marko Arnautovic converted a penalty. He could have had more had he been more efficient in front of goal, which was an issue for other Rossoblu players as well. Boulaye Dia levelled late on for Salernitana.
In Bergamo, Teun Koopmeiners scored a surprise hat-trick on the night that Atalanta said farewell to Josip Ilicic, with the playmaker having left the club on Wednesday. Nikola Vlasic scored for Torino.
On Wednesday, though, Juventus won, Lazio slipped up, and Fiorentina lost.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored Sampdoria’s first goal of the Serie A season to give them a draw against Lazio, while Juventus were fired to a 2-0 win over Spezia by Dusan Vlahovic and a first goal in Bianconero for Arkadiusz Milik.
Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw against Lecce and Fiorentina lost 1-0 to Udinese in the night’s surprising results, while Empoli and Verona drew 1-1.
Things got going on Tuesday evening with AC Milan, Inter and AS Roma all playing. Only two of the three could pick up wins though as the champions dropped points in Reggio Emilia.
Sassuolo were impressive as they welcomed Stefano Pioli and his Milan side to the Mapei Stadium, and they would have felt unlucky not to have won themselves. The only thing that stopped them from finding the net was a fine Mike Maignan penalty save to deny Domenico Berardi in the first half.
In one of the two later games and back up further north in Milan, Inter claimed a comprehensive 3-1 win over newly-promoted Cremonese to gain some ground on the Rossoneri and bounce back from their Matchday 3 loss to Lazio.
AS Roma swatted a poor Monza aside in the capital, and the big story from the Stadio Olimpico was that summe signing Paulo Dybala got his first two goals for the club. The first was a particularly well-taken strike, before he tapped in a second.
Serie A Table after Thursday’s Matchday 4 games
Serie A 2022/23 – Matchday 4 kick-off times
|Date||Fixture||Local||UK (BST)||US (EST)||US (PST)|
|Tuesday, August 30||Sassuolo v AC Milan||18:30||17:30||12:30||09:30|
|Tuesday, August 30||Inter v Cremonese||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|
|Tuesday, August 30||AS Roma v Monza||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|
|Wednesday, August 31||Empoli v Verona||18:30||17:30||12:30||09:30|
|Wednesday, August 31||Sampdoria v Lazio||18:30||17:30||12:30||09:30|
|Wednesday, August 31||Udinese v Fiorentina||18:30||17:30||12:30||09:30|
|Wednesday, August 31||Juventus v Spezia||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|
|Wednesday, August 31||Napoli v Lecce||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|
|Thursday, September 1||Atalanta v Torino||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|
|Thursday, September 1||Bologna v Salernitana||20:45||19:45||14:45||11:45|