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Lazio flair takes them back to the '70s
Romans win first three matches for first time since 1974 as Hernanes and Klose score in win over Chievo.
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2012 16:47
German veteran Klose was four years away from being born last time Lazio won their first three games [GALLO/GETTY]

Hernanes scored two outstanding goals to lead Lazio to a 3-1 win at Chievo on Sunday, maintaining a 100 per cent record in Serie A after three games.

German forward Miroslav Klose was also on target as Lazio, enjoying a superb start under new coach Vladimir Petkovic, won their first three matches of the league season for the first time since 1974.

Napoli and titleholders Juventus also have a maximum nine points after both enjoyed 3-1 wins over Parma and Genoa while Sampdoria have a 100 percent record but have only eight points after having one deducted over the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal.

Roma, who produced a masterclass of attacking football as they won 3-1 at Inter Milan in their last game, squandered a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 at home to Bologna while Udinese also blew a 2-0 goal advantage in a 2-2 draw at Siena.

Hernanes put Lazio ahead with a superb solo effort in the fifth minute, evading two tackles before firing in a long-range left-foot shot which went in off the post.

The Brazilian midfielder also set up the second goal when he again left his marker for dead.

Although he was foiled by Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, Germany forward Miroslav Klose was on hand to score from the rebound in the 38th minute for his third goal of the season.

Hernanes produced another inspirational moment for the third goal as he burst down the left to the byline, then managed to squeeze the ball past the bemused Sorrentino from a narrow angle in the 74th minute.

Sergio Pellissier pulled one back for the hosts with an 83rd-minute penalty.

Argentine forward Maxi Lopez scored twice and Paraguay midfielder Marcelo Estigarribia was also on target as Samporia won 3-2 at promoted Pescara, who have lost all three games.

Juventus, unbeaten in the league since losing to Parma in their penultimate game of the 2010/11 season, came from behind to win at Genoa.

Ciro Immobile gave the hosts a deserved 18th minute lead, scoring with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area despite being surrounded by four Juventus defenders.

Juventus were on the back foot for much of the first hour, their players complaining every refereeing decision, but the game changed completely after Emanuele Giaccherini sidefooted the equaliser in the 61st minute.

Substitute Mirko Vucinic converted a 78th minute penalty after a foul on Kwadwo Asamoah who scored the third himself six minutes later, sliding the ball into an empty net after Vucinic's cross was deflected into his path.

Edinson Cavani sent Napoli on their way with a second minute penalty and Goran Pandev added the second in the 39th minute, before Marco Parolo pulled one back just before the break.

Lorenzo Insigne made the game safe for Napoli in the 77th minute.

Roma stormed into a two-goal lead with goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Erik Lamela in the first 16 minutes but two goals in as many minutes from Alberto Gilardino and Alessandro Diamanti pulled Bologna level in the second half.

Gilardino then struck a last-minute winner to give Bologna their first points.

Udinese got off to an even quicker start as Dusan Basta and evergreen Antonio Di Natale scored in the first five minutes but Emanuele Calaio and Ze Eduardo levelled for Siena in the last 20 minutes.

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