AC Milan started their Serie A title defense undefeated on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Bologna, while Tammy Abraham Roma gave Juventus a 1-1 draw on Paulo Dybala’s return to his old stew.

Champions Milan recorded a routine win at the San Siro with goals at halftime from Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud to win the goal difference.

Stefano Pioli’s side took full advantage of Inter Milan’s defeat at Lazio on Friday night to move one point above their local rivals.

Milan are one of four teams to be on seven points, with Roma, Lazio and Torino – 2-1 winners of newly promoted Cremonese.

Napoli will retake the top as they win Sunday night in Fiorentina, the flamboyant side of Luciano Spalletti with a perfect six points after two stunning displays in their opening game.

Leao gave the hosts the lead in front of more than 60,000 fans with his first goal of the season. The Portuguese winger was lucky enough to see his muffled shot squirmed past Lukasz Skorupski in the 21st minute after good play from debutant Charles De Ketelaere.

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Leao, 23, should have increased Milan’s lead before half-time by missing a one-on-one with Skorupski in first-half stoppage time.

However, he provided Giroud’s opening attack of the season in the 58th minute with a perfectly clipped pass that led the France international home with a beautifully placed volley.

Nicola Sansone smashed the bar 10 minutes later for Bologna, who hovered above the drop zone by a single point.

– Mourinho shoots Roma –

Jose Mourinho said he was “ashamed” of the performance of his Roma players before they fought back to score Abraham’s first goal of the season.

England international Abraham headed home from Dybala’s 69th minute knockdown at Allianz Stadium to maintain Roma’s unbeaten record.

Mourinho used the vulgar Italian expression ‘culo’ to describe their happiness of only scoring a goal at half time after being taught a lesson by Juve.

Roma escaped Turin by a point, despite being second best for a long time. Dusan Vlahovic gave Juve the lead after just a minute with a stunning free kick.

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“I told my players at halftime that I was ashamed of them… We can’t come here and play like this,” he said.

“We didn’t do anything at all, it was pure luck. It was a completely different team in the second half.”

Massimiliano Allegri’s side remain unbeaten on five points, but will be disappointed not to have won all three on Saturday.

The good result in a place where Roma have a terrible track record also masks a poor display from Dybala, who seemed overwhelmed on his first appearance at Juve since leaving as a free agent in the summer.

The Argentine forward won five Serie A titles and four Italian Cups with the Turin giants in seven years and was warmly cheered by the home fans before the game.

However, there were some cheers and whistles from the stands when he was finally substituted with 12 minutes to go, having denied his old team the win.

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