Roma’s poor start to the season came to an abrupt halt at Brescia as a Francesco Totti hat-trick secured Fabio Capello’s side their first win of the seaon.
In a bruising encounter which two players from Brescia and Roma’s Traianos Dellas sent-off, Roma were always ahead. First when Totti converted from the penalty spot, before adding a second from a sublime free-kick and then when Brescia pulled one back through a re-taken Baggio penalty, the Roma skipper produced a marvelous solo goal to restore the two goal advantage. Markus Schopp pulled one back for Brescia but Roma clung on for a valluable three points.
Meanwhile, Chievo took early lead at Inter, going ahead through a Massimo Marazzina header on three minutes. But Vieri brought Inter level on 15 minutes after being put through by Alvaro Recoba. After sustained pressure from Hector Cuper’s side, the winner eventually came 11 minutes from time when Vieri scored rfom the penalty spot after being fouled by Nicola Legrottaglia.
Juventus looked destined for defeat, trailing Parma by two goals until the 87th minute but an Igor Tudor header and then a controversial goal from Alessandro Del Piero in the fifth minute of injury time earned them a point.
Parma took the lead on 66 minutes when Hidetoshi Nakataconverted from close-range and the lead doubled on 81 minutes courtesy of Adriano. But Tudor headed home a Del Piero cornerr on 87 minutes before the exciting denoument in injury-time. Del Piero rounded Frey and slotted into the unguarded goal but the furious Parma players were adamant that the Italian striker had handled the ball.
Alessandro Nesta making his first return to the Stadio Olimpico since his £19 million move to Milan in the summer, wasgreeted by a mixture of applause and jeering from the home fans. The visitors took an early lead when Maldini headed home Rivaldo free-kick. The home side responded in positive fashion and deserved their equaliser on 51 minutes; Claudio Lopez firing home. Massimo Ambrosini was sent off in the final seconds for a late challenge but Milan hung on for a point.
Elsewhere, Eighteen-year-old Luigi Della Rocca’s scored his first-ever Serie A goal to give Bologna their second win of the season and end Piacenza’s 100 percent record.
Benito Carbone scored his first goal since returning to Italy with a 17th minute penalty for Como against Reggina. But Japan’s Shunsuke Nakamura levelled the match with a 63rd minute spot kick.
The other two promoted teams, Empoli and Modena both enjoyed good wins with Empoli beating Perugia 3-1 while Giuseppe Sculli grabbed both goals in his team’s 2-1 win over pointless Torino.