MILAN - Samuel Eto'o shone once again
with both goals in Inter Milan's 2-1 comeback win at Palermo to
send the champions joint top of Serie A on Sunday.
Inter have seven points from three games, level with
promoted Cesena, who beat Lecce 1-0 despite the referee saying
he had wrongly sent off Giuseppe Colucci in the first half after
a case of mistaken identity.
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Cameroonian Eto'o was often overshadowed by strike partner
Diego Milito in Inter's stunning treble triumph last term but
their roles have been reversed so far this season.
While Milito has struggled, Eto'o has started his second
campaign at Inter in supreme form and again dug Rafael Benitez's
inconsistent side out of a hole.
Slovenian Josip Ilicic put struggling Palermo ahead in the
first half before Eto'o produced a piece of magic to equalise on
62 minutes following Milito's pass and soon finished off a fine
move involving Dejan Stankovic and Maicon to seal victory.
"The team played a spectacular first half, we controlled
everything apart from their goal," Inter coach Rafael Benitez
told Sky TV after playing without the injured Wesley Sneijder.
"We found it a bit harder in the second half but we got two
goals. We have to find a bit more balance, but we're improving."
Eto'o scored the winner in last weekend's 2-1 win over
Udinese and salvaged a 2-2 draw at Twente Enschede in the
Champions League in midweek.
Sampdoria could have topped the standings with victory but
lost 2-1 at home to Napoli in a game that burst into life late
Antonio Cassano's debatable penalty put the hosts ahead on
78 minutes but Napoli, managed by former Samp boss Walter
Mazzarri, quickly turned the tables when Marek Hamsik converted
a clever free-kick and Edinson Cavani poked in at the near post.
Juventus, whose poor form last term continued into the new
season, bounced back with a 4-0 win at pointless Udinese,
striker Fabio Quagliarella scoring against his former club.
Leonardo Bonucci grabbed the opener before Quagliarella's
crafty backheel, a thunderbolt from Claudio Marchisio and a
fourth from Vincenzo Iaquinta, whose aggressive goal celebration
was not appreciated by his former Udinese employers.
Striker Marco Borriello netted his first league goal for AS
Roma as they raced into a 2-0 lead against Bologna but Claudio
Ranieri's faltering side allowed Marco Di Vaio to score two
second-half goals and secure a 2-2 draw for the visitors.
Former Roma forward Luca Toni scored his first league goal
for Genoa from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw at Parma.
Chievo had been the only side with a 100 percent record
after two matches but their bubble burst with a 1-0 home defeat
by promoted Brescia and Bari drew 0-0 with Cagliari.
On Saturday, AC Milan drew 1-1 at home with Catania and
Lazio won 2-1 at Fiorentina to spark protests from home fans.
Inter host Bari on Wednesday as part of a full midweek
programme before weekend matches which are currently the subject
of a players' union strike, although leagues bosses are hopeful
of a deal to prevent it.
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