Juve open in style
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The reigning Italian champions proved they would not be relinquishing their crown easily with a comprehensive victory at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
Alessandro del Piero (16, 51) and David Trezeguet (61, 74) both grabbed braces as Empoli were overwhelmed.
Marco Di Vaio added a fifth from the penalty spot five minutes from time, though the visitors did manage a last-minute consolation through Antonio Di Natale.
Internazionale also made a winning start to their campaign, though in somewhat less convincing style than their Turin-based Scudetto rivals.
Hector Cuper's men, shorn of the goalscoring threat of Hernan Crespo, struggled to break down a determined Modena outfit at Guiseppe Meazza and seemed set for a disappointing goalless draw.
However, the ever reliable Christian Vieri spared their blushes by poaching an opener with just four minutes left, and former Everton stopper Marco Materazzi gave the scoreline a more expected look by adding a second in injury-time.
Roman neighbours Lazio and Roma also got off to positive starts, beating Lecce and Udinese respectively.
Roberto Mancini's men comfortably saw off Lecce at the Stadio Olimpico; Demetrio Albertini, Bernardo Corradi and Stefano Fiore put the hosts three up at the interval effectively killing the contest.
Haouiliais Axel Cedric Konan reduced the arrears four minutes after the break, but Lecce never looked like seriously threatening the lead and Massimo Oddo nipped in for Lazio's fourth six minutes from time.
Roma carved out a creditable 2-1 away win in Udine despite being reduced to ten men.
Marco Delvecchio put the visitors ahead after just 13 minutes, but Udinese hit back just before the half-hour mark through Per Kroldrup.
Former Leeds midfielder Olivier Dacourt then received his marching orders on 62 minutes for his second bookable offence, but Vincenzo Montella popped up just eight minutes later to net what was to prove the winner.
Parma twice had to battle back from behind to snatch an opening day draw at Bologna.
Andres Guglielminpietro put the hosts ahead on eight minutes but Adriano drew Parma level on 20 minutes.
Tomas Locatelli appeared to have put Bologna back on course for victory on 78 minutes but Brazilian striker Adriano equalised again with just three minutes remaining.
Honours ended even between Brescia and Chievo where Antonio Filippini equalised Salvatore Lanna's early opener for the visitors, while Perugia and Siena also began with a draw.
Perugia twice took the lead in the game through Zivis Vryzas (10) and former Arsenal and Coventry striker Jay Bothroyd (27), but twice the Serie A newcomers fought back, with Andrea Ardito (19) and Rodrigo Taddei (48) getting their names on the scoresheet.
Click below for match summaries:
Bologna 2-2 Parma
Brescia 1-1 Chievo
Internazionale 2-0 Modena
Juventus 5-1 Empoli
Lazio 4-1 Lecce
Perugia 2-2 Siena
Udinese 1-2 Roma
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