Juve begins Serie A season with win vs Parma


MILAN — Juventus opened Serie A with a sparkling 4-1 win over Parma on Sunday in the first official match in its new stadium.

Newly signed midfielder Andrea Pirlo set up a goal for Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 16th minute and Simone Pepe doubled the lead in the 58th, converting a pass from captain Alessandro Del Piero.

Another new signing, Chile international Arturo Vidal, scored with a long shot in the 73rd and Claudio Marchisio made it 4-0 in the 83rd after another setup from Pirlo.

Parma pulled one back with a penalty kick from Sebastian Giovinco in added time after Juventus defender Paolo De Ceglie was shown a red card.

Elsewhere, it was: Catania 0, Siena 0; Chievo Verona 2, Novara 2; Fiorentina 2, Bologna 0; Genoa 2, Atalanta 2; Lecce 0, Udinese 2; and Roma 1, Cagliari 2.

Defending champion AC Milan drew 2-2 with Lazio on Friday and Napoli beat 10-man Cesena 3-1 Saturday, while Gian Piero Gasperini was making his league debut as Inter's new manager later at Palermo.


BARCELONA, Spain — Ruben Castro's late goal gave Real Betis a 1-0 win over Mallorca on Sunday, while Osasuna continued its strong start to the Spanish league with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon.

The Spanish striker was well-placed at the far post for his volley after a corner kick was unintentionally flicked on by a Mallorca defender in the 86th minute.

Betis had hit the woodwork three times in the first half and had various chances after the break at Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville.

"From the opening whistle we gave it a tremendous effort," Betis coach Pepe Mel said. "We have to be satisfied with the work both in defense and attack of all 11 players."

It was Castro's second late winner in as many weeks as Betis maintained its perfect start to the season, lifting the promoted club to the top of the league standings along with Real Madrid and Valencia. Defending champion Barcelona is two points behind.

Always tough at Reyno de Navarra stadium, Osasuna dominated early en route to handing a lackluster Sporting its second straight loss.

Osasuna striker Kike Sola picked out Juan "Nino" Martinez at the far post for the winger to score from close range in the 28th, and two minutes later midfielder Alvaro Cejudo volleyed in Sergio Fernandez's cross from the edge of the area.

Second-half substitute David Barral pulled one back for Sporting in the 75th when goalie Andres Fernandez let his dipping shot slip under him and into the net. Sporting looked for the equalizer but the undefeated Osasuna held on for the win in its home opener.

Elsewhere, Levante couldn't take advantage of its extra man in the final 10 minutes after Racing Santander midfielder Papakouly Diop was sent off with two yellow cards and had to settle for a 0-0 away draw.

Zaragoza failed to bounce back from the 6-0 loss to Madrid in week one as it was held to a 0-0 draw by promoted Rayo Vallecano.


LONDON — West Bromwich Albion grabbed its first points of the season with a 1-0 victory over promoted Norwich, while Blackburn also got off the mark in the Premier League at the fourth time of asking by holding Fulham to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie pounced on a defensive error to clip home a third-minute winner at Carrow Road for West Brom, which ended a run of three straight losses to climb into midtable.

"I think there will be a new atmosphere in the dressing room now," said Odemwingie, who was making his first start of the season after injury. "It was very important to win away, especially after three defeats."

Blackburn hung on for a draw at Craven Cottage after surrendering a lead given to the visitors by Spanish youngster Ruben Rochina, who smashed an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area in the 32nd minute.

England striker Bobby Zamora equalized five minutes later for Fulham, leaving both teams stuck in the bottom three. Blackburn remained bottom, however.

"We've got spirit, we've got togetherness. We didn't sit back and just defend, we came with quite an attacking threat," said Blackburn manager Steve Kean, who has come under fire from supporters after the team's sluggish start to the season.


BERLIN — Mario Mandzukic scored twice as Wolfsburg came from behind to beat Schalke in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Mandzukic canceled out Raul Gonzalez's 13th minute opener with a header in the 33rd, and the Croatian secured Wolfsburg's first win after three losses when he scored again in the 82nd.

"We invested more that Schalke did and fully deserved to win," said Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath, who was facing his previous club.

Schalke missed the chance to join Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen at the top of the table.

Earlier, Timmy Simons scored two penalties in four minutes to give 10-man Nuremberg a 2-1 win at Cologne.


PARIS — Souleymane Camara scored in the second half to give Montpellier a 1-0 win over Nice on Sunday and help his team retain the lead in the French league.

The Senegal striker spun to fire home a curling shot in the 75th minute, making sure Montpellier keeps its one-point lead over Lyon atop the standings.

Also Sunday, Nancy drew 0-0 with mid-table Auxerre to remain in the relegation zone. Paris Saint-Germain played Brest in the late game.


AMSTERDAM — Feyenoord moved into fourth place in the Dutch league Sunday with a 3-1 win over struggling NAC Breda.

Otman Bakkal, Karim El Ahmadi and John Guidetti scored for Feyenoord after Robbert Schilder had netted the opener for NAC, which has yet to win this season.

PSV Eindhoven needed a late goal from Wilfred Bouma to earn a 3-3 draw at VVV Venlo, which had Marcel Meeuwis sent off in injury time. PSV took a comfortable lead from Ola Toivonen's and Dries Mertens' first-half goals before VVV hit back when Ferry de Regt, Uche Nwofor and Maya Yoshida each netted inside six minutes.

Also Sunday, SC Heerenveen secured its first win of the season with a 3-0 victory against FC Groningen.


EDINBURGH, Scotland — Hibernian remains anchored to the foot of the Scottish Premier League table after being held to a 0-0 home draw by fellow struggler Aberdeen on Sunday.

The teams showed why they are propping up the division as they produced precious few moments of quality in a turgid match at Easter Road.

Hibs edged the first half, with Garry O'Connor missing two chances, but Aberdeen came close to nicking all three points when substitute Peter Pawlett had a shot cleared off the line in the 73rd minute.

The hosts are bottom by a point from Aberdeen and Inverness but have played one game fewer.

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