Parity reigns again in Serie A without more perfect teams
Napoli still remain top of the table thanks to their goal differential, but they are level on seven points with five other clubs: defending champions AC Milan, Lazio, Atalanta, Torino and Roma.
Roma and Inter Milan were the only other clubs to win their first two matches, but Roma drew 1-1 at Juventus on Saturday and Inter were beaten 3-1 at Lazio on Friday.
After scoring five and then four goals in their opening two games – convincing wins over Hellas Verona and Monza, respectively – Napoli were off target against the Viola.
Irving Lozano missed a header from close range to spoil Napoli’s best chance early in the second half, while Napoli centre-forward Victor Osimhen saw a goal disallowed for offside shortly before the break.
Osimhen has been embroiled in speculation over a potential move for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to Napoli, with hopes the 23-year-old Nigeria international would replace the five-time World Player of the Year at the English club in a costly move.
“If a club offers you 100 million (euros) for a player, it’s hard not to take that into account,” said Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti.
Fiorentina threatened midway through the second half with a dangerous Antonin Barak shot that was only slightly wide.
Napoli’s last significant chance was a long effort from new signing Giacomo Raspadori who was ruled out by Fiorentina goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
Atalanta extended their unbeaten start with a 1-0 win over regional rivals Hellas Verona.
Teun Koopmeiners scored early in the second half with a bouncing shot from long range as Atalanta followed up their first-round win at Sampdoria and draw with Milan with another strong performance.
“We want to come back to Europe – and preferably to the Champions League,” said Koopmeiners, who has scored three of his five Serie A goals from beyond the box.
Meanwhile, Boulaye Dia scored one goal and assisted two more on his first start as Salernitana beat visiting Sampdoria 4-0. Dia, a Senegal international, joined Salernitana on loan 10 days ago from Villarreal.
Moreover, Serie B champions Lecce got their first point as they drew 1-1 on their visit to Empoli.
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