The first midweek round of the Serie A season saw some familiar storylines but some less regular star turns, leaving the league table looking wide open and the Goal Team of the Week being represented by 10 different clubs.
Sassuolo have bounced back from the 7-0 defeat to Inter with back-to-back clean sheets, and Andrea Consigli was in star form between the sticks as Sassuolo took a crucial 0-0 draw away from Fiorentina.
Stephan Lichtsteiner bombed up and down the right flank throughout the game during Juventus' 3-0 win over Cesena, helping himself to a clinically-taken goal in the process, while Lorenzo Tonelli was also on the mark in Empoli's 2-2 draw with AC Milan and helped the Tuscans to stave off the Rossoneri onslaught late on. Inter won 2-0 against Atalanta thanks in part to the solidity of Andrea Ranocchia, who also won a penalty, and Paolo De Ceglie caused Roma problems and netted a fine header as the league leaders were given a rough ride by Parma.
Arturo Vidal was back in his customary fine form with two goals and a general display of quality in Juve's 3-0 win, and Miralem Pjanic was a match-winner too as Roma overcame Parma late on thanks to the Bosnian's free kick and superb all-round display. Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani was a stand-out for Fiorentina in the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo despite his display of superb industry and midfield quality not being capitalised upon by the Viola's misfiring front line.
Fernando Torres grabbed his first Serie A goal on his full debut for Milan and was a pain throughout for the Empoli defence, with his great movement helping the Rossoneri to forge their way back into the game. Alessandro Matri was on target twice as Genoa grabbed a two-goal lead at Verona before being pegged back by the home side, and Andrea Belotti helped Palermo to twice come from behind to earn a 3-3 draw against struggling Napoli at the San Paolo.