Serie A round: Vlahovic scores again as Juventus beat Spezia

Serie A round: Vlahovic scores again as Juventus beat Spezia

MILAN (AP) – Dusan Vlahovic continued his impressive start to the season as he led Juventus to a 2-0 win over Spezia in Serie A on Wednesday.

Vlahovic scored his fourth goal in as many games in the ninth minute. New signing Arkadiusz Malik sealed the result in stoppage time with his first goal for the club.

“Vlahovic fought the whole game, he scored an extraordinary goal and he did well,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “He has room for improvement but I think he had his best performance tonight.

“He still has a lot to learn. Vlahovic has improved, but he can score more than one goal and I think he will be able to reach the top when he finds more control and comfort.

The Bianconeri were looking to get back to winning ways after two successive spells in Serie A.

Vlahovic had given his side the lead with a free kick early in the 1-1 draw against Roma at the weekend and he did it again in similar fashion at the Allianz Stadium when he curled into the top right corner.

There was a worrying look for Juventus just before half-time as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was taken off after suffering a nasty fall on his leg. He just returned to action over the weekend after missing the season opener with an injury.

Vlahovic almost doubled his tally midway through the second half but Spezia goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski managed to clear it off the line.

Malik made sure of the points when he controlled Fabio Merti’s cross with his back to goal before turning and firing past Dragowski.

Napoli was arrested

Lorenzo Colombo saved a penalty but drew as newly promoted Lecce surprisingly held Napoli to a 1-1 draw.

It was the second straight draw for Napoli, who started the season with two comprehensive victories.

Serie B champions Lice almost took a surprise lead in the 25th minute after Federico Di Francisco was awarded a penalty for a foul by Tanguy Ndombele.

Colombo cleared the spot kick but the referee had not yet called his set so it had to be called back and Napoli goalkeeper Alex Mert saved the second attempt.

Iljef Elmas headed home the opener for Napoli shortly after but Colombo fired a rocket into the top right corner from more than 20 yards, just six minutes after his penalty error, to equalize for Lecce.

SAMP Green Point

Sampdoria finally scored their first goal of the season as Manolo Gabbiadini scored in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw against Lazio.

A first-half goal at Cerro Immobile set up another Lazio win, but a draw prevented the unbeaten Rome club from moving level with city rivals Roma at the top of the table after four rounds.

Lazio were looking to build on their impressive 3-1 win against Inter Milan last weekend.

Maurizio Sarri’s side took the lead in the 21st minute with a brilliant assist from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who sent Immobile clear with a brilliant back flick and a brilliant forward slot.

Immobil almost doubled their tally a minute later but his follow-up shot hit the left post when Mattia Zaccagni’s effort was blocked by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Odero.

Samp thought it should have been a penalty shortly after when Fabio Coglierella went down in the area under pressure from Patrick and Adam Marusic. Referee Gianluca Aureliano started the match before reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

He stuck to his original decision, much to the home team’s dismay, and Aurelio went on to speak with Cagliariella as well as Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo.

Just as it looked as if Samps would end the game without a goal again, Tomas Rincón slipped the ball through to Gabbiadini, who fired into the bottom right corner.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Adinese for their first defeat of the season. Ampoli and Hellas Verona drew 1-1 with both sides still looking for their first win of the season.

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