Palermo stun Inter Milan with miracle comeback

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Palermo stunned Inter Milan 4-3 on the opening weekend of the new Italian Serie A season as Juventus delivered new coach Antonio Conte a flying start in their new stadium with a 4-1 thrashing of Parma on Sunday.

Inter Milan twice had the lead through Diego Milito while Diego Forlan scored a late consolation but Fabrizio Milito scored twice and Abel Hernandez and Maurizio Pinilla gave interim Palermo boss Devis Mangia a dream start since stepping up from youth team duties.

All the talk before the game was about new Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s back three and they were far from convincing.

Inter took the lead in fortuitous circumstances as Dejan Stankovic’s scuffed shot hit Milito and wrong-footed goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas on 33 minutes.

Despite the goal, Gasperini was far from happy with his side and immediately replaced Mauro Zarate, who was making his debut, with Wesley Sneijder, who had been surprisingly left out.

The start of the second half saw a glut of goals with three inside nine minutes.

First Miccoli equalised after latching onto a dinked ball over the top before finishing crisply.

But then Mattia Silvestre dragged Walter Samuel down in the box and Milito scored from the spot.

Then Hernandez finished off a slick passing move between Miccoli and Josip Ilicic to restore parity again.

In a crazy finish, Miccoli curled home a stunning free-kick four minutes from time and then substitute Pinilla scored an even better screamer from distance a minute later.

In injury time Forlan, on his debut, collected Sneijder’s chip and volleyed home.

In Turin, Stephan Lichsteiner and Arturo Vidal, making their debut, alongside Simone Pepe and Claudio Marchisio scored the goals to hand the Old Lady of Turin an ideal start.

Former Juve forward Sebastian Giovinco scored an injury-time consolation from the spot after Paolo De Ceglie had been sent off for bringing him down in the box.

Having spent heavily in the summer on a number of recruits, Juve handed debuts to five players during the course of the game.

Despite the convincing victory, Conte was not an entirely satisfied man.

“In the first half there was a valid goal ruled out and we were denied a stonewall penalty,” complained Conte, who enjoyed a highly successful playing career with Juventus.

“Otherwise it was a good debut. Having said that I don’t want to con anyone, we weren’t perfect and there’s still a lot of work to do.”

They were ahead on 16 minutes after a moment of genius from Andrea Pirlo, who scooped the ball over a static backline for right-back Lichsteiner to run onto and take around Antonio Mirante before slotting into the empty net.

The killer second came only four minutes later as Alessandro Del Piero fed the ball wide to Pepe, who thrashed a shot across Mirante and inside the far post from 12 yards.

Chile midfielder Vidal then came on to score the third with an acrobatic volley from just outside the area.

The fourth was simply sublime as Pirlo played another sumptuous chipped pass over the top and Marchisio ran past ball-watching defenders to brilliantly flick the ball over Mirante on the stretch.

Parma did get on the scoresheet in injury time as De Ceglie brought down Giovinco, who picked himself up to score the spot-kick.

Luis Enrique had a disastrous league debut on the Roma bench as his team lost 2-1 at home to Cagliari and finished with 10 men.

Jose Angel was sent off on his league debut for a petulant kick on Davide Biondini.

That came just after Daniele Conti had given the Sardinians the lead and in injury time Moestafa El Kabir, on his debut, scored the decisive second on the counter-attack.

Daniele De Rossi scored Roma’s consolation with the last kick of the match.

Italian Serie A results:

Juventus 4 Parma 1
Catania 0 Siena 0
Chievo 2 Novara 2
Fiorentina 2 Bologna 0
Genoa 2 Atalanta 2
Lecce 0 Udinese 2
Roma 1 Cagliari 2
Palermo 4 Inter Milan 3

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