Serie A round-up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Livorno opened the new Serie A season with a 2-1 win over Lecce.Livorno opened the new Serie A season with a 2-1 win over Lecce.
One of last season's surprise packages sealed victory at their Armando Picchi home thanks to a second half strike from Raffaele Palladino.
In-demand Italian international Cristiano Lucarelli opened the scoring just 14 minutes in, although an Alex Pinardi penalty levelled matters just before the interval.
The winner from Palladino came just seven minutes after the break to give Livorno the perfect start.
The second game in Italy mirrored the first as Fiorentina beat Sampdoria 2-1.
Fiorentina's new-look side impressed from the off and Stefano Fiore marked his debut with a goal just 13 minutes in.
Then on the half hour, fellow debutant, Luca Toni fired home from the penalty spot.
Aimo Diana pulled one back for Samp 16 minutes from time, but it was too little too late as Cesare Prandelli's side hung on to claim all three points.