Marseille win, PSG remain winless, Milan start season with a loss

Updated: August 27, 2012

Marseille top the French league courtesy of a 77th minute goal by Gignac away from home against Montpellier.

Much has been expected of PSG under the new ownership and host of big name signings. So far the Paris outfit has stuttered to an unconvincing start as the drew again at home 0-0 against Bordeaux. This leaves them languishing 12th in the league after 3 games.

I the days other game St. Etienne opened up their win account with a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Brest.

In Germany, Schalke 04 were denied a winning start to their Bundesliga campaign when Adrian Nikci scored an 80th minute goal to give Hanover 96 a 2-2 draw.

In Italy, AC Milan, hit by a host of close season departures, fully justified their fans’ anger over the new season by losing 1-0 at home to promoted Sampdoria in their opening Serie A match. Andrea Costa headed the only goal for the visitors just before the hour to stun a half-empty San Siro.

Inter Milan and Napoli had no such problems, starting with 3-0 wins at Pescara and Palermo respectively.

Dutchman Wesley Sneijder and Argentine forward Diego Milito scored twice in two minutes early on for Inter before Brazilian Philippe Coutinho added the third in the 81st minute on an unhappy Serie A return for Pescara after a 19-year absence.

Marek Hamsik put Napoli ahead in first-half stoppage time and Christian Maggio and Edinson Cavani added two late goals as they made light of Ezequiel Lavezzi’s absence after the Argentine forward was sold to Paris St Germain.

Eighteen-year-old Uruguayan Nicolas Lopez scored a stoppage time equaliser, five minutes after coming on as a substitute to give AS Roma a 2-2 draw at home to Catania. Brazilian midfielder Hernanes gave Roma’s neighbours Lazio a 1-0 win at Atalanta.