Maldini sets record
ROME -- Brief reports of Italian Serie A matches played this weekend:
CAGLIARI 0 AS ROMA 0
After thrashing Parma 4-1 last week, AS Roma fancied its chances against Cagliari who had earned only two points in its first four matches. However, the home side came close to taking a first-half lead when Italy international striker Mauro Esposito volleyed against the post. Midfielder Simone Perrotta headed against the bar for Roma shortly after the restart, but neither side could break the deadlock.
EMPOLI 1 LECCE 0
Promoted Empoli rose to mid-table after securing its second consecutive win while Lecce stay close to the bottom of the division following the team's fourth defeat in five games. Lecce midfielder Cristian Ledesma crashed a free kick off the bar five minutes before the interval but Nicola Pozzi's header, 20 minutes after the restart, sealed victory for the home side.
LAZIO 4 PALERMO 2
Palermo committed a series of defensive errors as Lazio staged an improbable second-half comeback. Goals each side of halftime by Andrea Caracciolo and Mariano Gonzalez put the visitors ahead before Palermo keeper Nicola Santoni strayed off his line to let Tommaso Rocchi through to score in the 58th minute. Rocchi then set up strike partner Goran Pandev to equalise two minutes later. A free kick deflected off Christian Manfredini's rear for Lazio's third goal and Rocchi's second, five minutes from the end, capped a nightmarish half for the visitors.
LIVORNO 2 ASCOLI 0
Livorno's unbeaten start to the season continued with this comfortable win over promoted Ascoli. Raffaele Palladino pounced on a poor crossfield pass to chip visiting keeper Ferdinando Coppola in the 51st minute. Cristiano Lucarelli sealed the win from the penalty spot late in the game after Massimo Paci handled in the area.
SAMPDORIA 1 CHIEVO VERONA 2
A second-half goal by striker Victor Obinna allowed a well-organized Chievo side to interrupt Sampdoria's sequence of three wins in a row. Daniele Franceschini struck for the visitors in the 36th minute before striker Francesco Flachi equalised five minutes after the restart. However, Obinna accelerated round two defenders before angling a powerful shot past keeper Francesco Antonioli on the hour.
SIENA 4 MESSINA 2
An inspired performance by striker Enrico Chiesa led Siena to its second win of the season. The 34-year-old former Italy international set up Tomas Locatelli for the first after 10 minutes. Marc Zoro equalized almost immediately, but two goals by Chiesa gave Siena a 3-1 lead at halftime. Locatelli grabbed his second of the match after a mistake by Messina defender Luca Fusco moments after the restart to put Siena 4-1 up before the visitors pulled one back through Arturo Di Napoli's solo strike in the 67th minute.
TREVISO 0 AC MILAN 2
Milan captain Paolo Maldini set a record of 571 appearances in Serie A but his team failed to produce a vintage performance. Early on, home striker Reginaldo narrowly failed to connect when the ball flashed across the face of Milan's goal and it took a moment of individual brilliance from another Brazilian, Kaka, to put the visitors ahead a minute before halftime. The 23-year-old playmaker cut through Treviso's midfield before releasing the ball to Alberto Gilardino. Home keeper Adriano Zancope upended the Italy international to give away a penalty, which Andriy Shevchenko converted. Gilardino sealed the win late in the game with a diving header.
INTER MILAN 1 FIORENTINA 0
Obafemi Martins's early goal was all that separated the teams but Fiorentina's defeat would have been much heavier had it not been for the skill of their goalkeeper Sebastian Frey, the Frenchman twice pulling off reflex saves to deny Dejan Stankovic. An Adriano header was also cleared off the line by midfielder Cristian Brocchi. Inter climb into second place with 12 points from five matches, three behind leaders Juventus.
PARMA 1 JUVENTUS 2
Leaders Juventus came from behind to maintain its 100 percent winning start to the season. Marco Delvecchio put Parma ahead in the 14th minute and Juve levelled shortly before the break when Mauro Camoranesi curled in a fierce 25-metre drive. In the second half, Juve coach Fabio Capello sent on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielders Pavel Nedved and Emerson and their dominance paid off eight minutes from the end when Ibrahimovic's cross left the unmarked Patrick Vieira to head in at the far post his third goal in five Serie A games.
REGGINA 2 UDINESE 0
Champions League contenders Udinese slumped to its third consecutive Serie A defeat against Reggina, who had failed to earn a point in their opening four matches. A long-range effort by Francesco Cozza put the home side ahead two minutes before halftime and Simone Cavalli sealed the win in the 77th minute after Francesco Modesto had broken the offside trap.