Serie A scores, takeaways: AC Milan on the march, Lukaku get a return goal but Inter need a last-minute winner

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Serie A made its long-awaited return this weekend and the opening fixtures have already given us plenty to talk about. Serie A Champions AC Milan started with a win Udinese while InterMilan need every second of their game against Lecce to secure three points. Here are three things you need to know on opening day.

1. AC Milan pick up where they left off

The defending champions got off to a positive – but eventful – start with a 4-2 win over Udinese at the San Siro. The guests scored after just two minutes with by Rodrigo Becao header but Stefano Pioli’s side managed to turn things around in the 15th minute with a penalty scored by Theo Hernandez and a goal scored by Ante Rebic. At the end of the first half, the former Watford winger Adam Massina scored the equalizer but it took only a minute into the second half for Brahim Diaz to regain control of the game for AC Milan. Rebic then scored his second of the evening in the 68th minute to put it out of reach and secure victory for the defending champions. Rebic has already equaled his Serie A goal tally for last season in one game while new signings Divock Origi and Charles De Ketelaere made their first appearances in the latter stages of the second half.

2. Lukaku returns, Inter take last-minute winner

Stadio del Mare in Lecce hosted an amazing night where Denzel Dumfries scored in the last second of the match to give Inter Milan victory in a difficult place to play. Romelu Lukaku wasted no time and needed just 81 seconds to complete his triumphant return to Serie A for the Nerazzurri. The former Chelsea striker found the decisive goal on a header to advance last season’s runners-up.

Inter, despite the first goal, didn’t really impress and Lecce managed to score the second-half equalizer with Assan Ceesay. The Nerazzurri spent the rest of the second half looking for the game’s second goal, only to have it come in the dying seconds on a post-corner scrum. Dumfries emerged from a crowded area inside the box to get a body on the ball following a Lautaro Martinez header.

Huge three points for Simone Inzaghi to start the new season with an important away win.

3. Lookman scores his first goal

Atalanta won their opening away game against Sampdoria while Gian Piero Gasperini’s team managed to put in a solid performance. Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria got off to a good start and even saw a goal scored by Francesco Caputo refused by the VAR, but Atalanta managed to ride the wave and score the first goal with Rafael Toloi. It was their new signature Ademola Lookman who scored the last goal of the day that secured victory for the Nerazzurri of Bergamo. The former Leicester striker will give this team new attacking alternatives to Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel this can be very useful in Gasperini’s style of play.

Serie A scores, results, fixtures

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Saturday August 13

  • AC Milan 2, Udinese 2
  • Atalanta 2, Sampdoria 0
  • Inter 2, Lecce 1
  • Torino 2, Monza 1

Sunday August 14

  • Fiorentina vs. Cremonese, 12:30 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
  • Lazio versus. bologna12:30 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
  • Salerno against AS Rome2:45 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
  • Spezia versus. Empoli2:45 p.m. ET (Paramount+)

Monday August 15

  • Hellas Verona versus. Naples12:30 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
  • Juventus versus. Sassuolo2:45 p.m. ET (Paramount+)

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