Juventus and Bayern open season with wins

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Updated: August 26, 2012

Juventus overcame a sluggish first-half display to kick off the defence of their Serie A crown with a 2-0 victory at home to Parma on Saturday.

A pair of quick-fire goals shortly before the hour from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo proved the difference between the sides, after Arturo Vidal had seen a first-half penalty saved.

Juve have not lost in the league since May 15, 2011 and their unbeaten run now stands at 24 victories and 16 draws, which is a record in the Italian top flight.

In the first match of the season, Fiorentina came from behind to beat Udinese 2-1 thanks to a brace from Montengrin attacker Stevan Jovetic, who claimed his decisive second goal in injury time.

Third last season, visitors Udinese appeared visibly tired after their mid-week trip to Portuguese side Sporting Braga for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie, which saw them emerge with a 1-1 draw.

AC Milan are in action today against Sampdoria without the injured Pato.

In Germany, Bayern Munich opened their German league campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at promoted Greuther Fuerth on Saturday on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga’s 50th season, goals from Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben secured the win.

Promoted Eintracht Frankfurt got their season off to a great start as they came from behind for a 2-1 win at home to Bayer Leverkusen, while Borussia Moenchengladbach responded after their home defeat by Dynamo Kiev in Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg with a 2-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim.

Hamburg’s season got off to a bad start with a 1-0 defeat at home to Nuremberg, while In the afternoon’s other game, Freiburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Mainz.

Schalke are home to Hanover on Sunday while defending champions Borussia Dortmund kicked off the new campaign with a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen on Friday thanks to goals from Germany stars Marco Reus and Mario Goetze.

In France, Lille were indebted to a superb display from veteran goalkeeper Mickael Landreau and a debut goal by young full-back Djibril Sidibe after they drew 2-2 at Nice in Ligue .

The draw left Lille in seventh place, two points behind Lyon, who moved to the top of the standings after a ferocious Michel Bastos free-kick earned them a 1-1 draw at Evian on Friday.

Lyon are level on seven points with Toulouse, who won 1-0 at 10-man Nancy on Saturday, and Valenciennes, 3-0 victors at home to Ajaccio, who had Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi harshly sent off for a first-half foul on Gael Danic.

Meanwhile, an injury-time own goal by Sloan Privat gave Reims a 1-0 win at home to Sochaux, which was the two-time European Cup finalists’ first top-flight victory since April 1979.

Champions Montpellier host Marseille on Sunday, while title favourites Paris Saint-Germain will hope to claim their first win of the season at home to in-form Bordeaux.

In Spain, A second-half double from Imanol Agirretxe saw Real Sociedad come from behind to beat newly promoted Celta Vigo 2-1 and record their first win of the La Liga season.

Vallecano got the points away at Betis with a 2-1 win, Malaga were held at home 1-1 by Mallorca, while Zaragoza also registered an away 2-1 win against Espanyol.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Deportivo are all in action today away from home against Osasuna, Getafe, Grenada and Valencia respectively.