ROME: The focus of Serie A switched away from the courtroom and back to the pitch as Juventus opened their Italian title defence with a 2-0 win over Parma.
Much of the summer’s coverage has been dominated with a flood of revelations about matchfixing which included a season-long ban on Antonio Conte, Juve’s coach.
He watched the Parma game from the stands and saw his team win with second-half goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Italy’s Euro 2012 hero Andrea Pirlo.
Juve could have made it easier on themselves but Parma keeper Antonio Mirante saved a first-half penalty from Arturo Vidal after a 33rd-minute foul on Lichtsteiner.
Conte had lost an appeal earlier in the week against a 10-month ban for failing to report incidents of matchfixing when he was coach of Serie B side Siena.
In France keeper Mickael Landreau made a series of superb saves to earn 2011 champions Lille a 2-2 draw at Nice while Valenciennes climbed to second spot with a 3-0 win over 10-man Ajaccio.
Lyon, who drew 1-1 at Evian on Friday, led the table on seven points from three games, ahead of Valenciennes on goals scored.Toulouse were third, also on seven points, after they won 1-0 at Nancy thanks to an early goal from Moussa Sissoko.
In Germany Greuther Fuerth’s 49-year wait for a Bundesliga match ended in a 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich who celebrated fine debuts by Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Bayern won easily despite starting with barely-fit Bastian Schweinsteiger on the subs bench, Franck Ribery out with flu and Mario Gomez injured.
In Holland Siem de Jong scored twice as champions Ajax Amsterdam followed up their 6-1 thrashing of NEC Nijmegen with a 5-0 dismissal of NAC Breda.
In Spain Malaga maintained their unbeaten start to the season when teenager Juanmi came off the bench to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Mallorca. Malaga, who had Eliseu sent off late in the game, thus missed the chance to join Rayo Vallecano on six points at the top of the table. Rayo won 2-1 away to Betis in Seville.
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