Big results for small teams (VIDEO)

[ITALY] Six rounds in, and Juventus has still to score more than a single goal in any game. On Sunday it lost at home to Palermo, while Roma fell on the road to Siena. Even league leaders Lazio could only tie against newly promoted Lecce, while Milan was held by bottom club Cagliari.

Fabrizio Miccoli (five goals this season) and Georgian Levan Mchedlidze (his first, and with a surname to put you off ever learning Georgian) were the scorers for pink-shirted Palermo. Juventus' poor showing was in part down to Mohamed Sissoko's second yellow card just after Alessandro del Piero had made the score 1-1 a few minutes before half-time. Juve is eleventh, while Palermo moved up to a heady fourth, just one point behind the three top clubs.

Roma was downed by a goal from Siena's Lichtenstein striker Mario Frick just before the interval. The capital city club not only lost the game, but its discipline too, as second-half red cards to Frenchman Philippe Mexes and defender Christian Panucci reduced it to nine men. Roma is down in 14th place with just seven points from six games.

Newly promoted Lecce gave Lazio, the leader going into the weekend, a home scare when veteran striker Simone Tiribocchi gave the visitors a first-half lead. It took the previously free-scoring Rome-based side until the 89th minute to equalize, through Simone Inzaghi, who had been subbed in just six minutes before.

Inter Milan went top after making hard work of another newcomer, Bologna, edging the game 2-1 on an astonishing Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal (see below) and an Adriano penalty. "This is an easy match to analyze," said coach Jose Mourinho. "We had seven or eight chances to score, we scored twice and our opponents didn't create any scoring chances. They took advantage of our mistake. A match like this that ends 2-1 seems very balanced but we must be pragmatic. We earned three points and we're on top of the table."

AC Milan, with a starting lineup that boasted Kaka, Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato, couldn't score at the previously pointless bottom side Cagliari (one goal in six games), and had to survive a number of scares just to take the single point from the 0-0 draw. Two Fabio Quaglierella goals gave second-placed Udinese a 2-0 win over Torino.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHT (VIDEO): Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a remarkable goal for Inter Milan against Bologna that was a rare combination of a volley and a back-heel, executed as he imposed himself in front of his marker with his back to goal.



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