European League wrap: Serie A strikers on fire, Claude Puel off to winning start with Leicester City

The excitement in this seasons Italian Serie A continued on Sunday which saw goals scored freely across all match centres. Claude Puel recorded a maiden league win with Leicester City, who look to finally kick start their season following successive league triumphs.


Brighton and Hove Albion played out a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton, a game which saw both goals in either half scored through headers. Sean Davis handed the Saints a seventh minute lead before ageless forward Glenn Murray equalised with a headed goal for Brighton, his third league goal in two games.

A goal and a wonderful build-up from the impressive Demarai Gray set the tone for a Leicester City win on manager Claude Puel’s bow for the Foxes, a 2-0 win against Everton at the King Power Stadium. Gray was instrumental in the opening goal, a lightening counter attack which ended with Jamie Vardy finding the back of the net, the English striker extending his impressive scoring record of scoring in the debut league matches of Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Puel. Gray extended the lead with a deflected shot in the 29th minute to secure maximum points for Leicester City who are 11thon the log on the back of successive league wins.


Third-place Lazio set the tone for the goals rain in Serie A with a comprehensive 5-1 away win at bottom place Benevento. The capital team were impressive, registering all goals with five different goal scorers. Bastos, Ciro Immobile, Adam Marusic’s first-half strikes handed Lazio a comfortable lead. Achraf Lazaar pulled a goal back for the home team in the 55th minute, but further goals from Marco Parolo and Nani sealed a dominant win for Simeone Inzaghi’s team.

Napoli survived a first-half scare to win 3-1 at home to Sassuolo, as they returned to the top of the standings, opening a three-point lead to their closest challenger’s, Juventus. Allan handed the home team a 22nd minute lead, Diego Falcinelli stunned the home support, equalising with a header four minutes before the break. Jose Maria Callejon restored the lead with a shot from outside the box before Belgian forward Dries Mertens completed scoring with a tap in.

Crotone recorded the upset of the day defeating Fiorentina 2-1 at home to ease early season relegation worries, moving into 15th-place. Two first-half goals within a minute from Ante Budimir and Marcello Trotta handed Crotone a shock lead. Marco Benassi pulled a goal back for Fiorentina in the 44th minute but it wasn’t enough to salvage a result for the Florence-based team


Nabil Fekir netted a first-half brace to hand Lyon a 2-0 home win against Metz. It was a morale boosting win for Lyon who moved into third-place on the log.