Juventus picked up where it left off two seasons ago, scoring three goals in the last two minutes to brush aside Livorno 5-1 at the Stadio Delli Alpi. In Genoa, World Player of the Year favorite Kaka grabbed a brace as AC Milan cruised passed the newly promoted home team, 3-0, Genoa making its first Serie A appearance in more than 12 seasons. Meanwhile, AS Roma looked brilliant for 70 minutes and out of sorts for the last 20 in Palermo, but was nonetheless able to withstand a late flurry from the Sicilians to win 2-0.
Defending champion Inter, which had a terrible preseason that culminated in an Italian Supercup loss to Roma, drew 1-1 with Udinese. The Nerazzurri were cruising until early in the second half when goalkeeper Julio Cesar was dismissed for grabbing a bouncing ball a full yard outside of the penalty area. Just when Inter looked like weathering the storm, Ivan Cordoba deflected a header from a stoppage time free kick into his own goal.