Football: Dream start for Benitez as Napoli go top
MILAN, Lombardy (AFP) - Napoli thrashed Bologna 3-0 on Sunday in Rafael Benitez's first league game in charge of the Partenopei to go top of Italy's Serie A on goal difference.
Champions Juventus had kickstarted the new season with a 1-0 away win at Sampdoria on Saturday while AC Milan, who finished third last season, were stunned 2-1 by a Luca Toni brace away at promoted Verona.
However a first-half opener from Jose Callejon and a brace from Slovakian forward Marek Hamsik sealed the points for Napoli, who lead the fledgling championship ahead of Inter Milan and Roma.
Napoli underwent major changes in the close season with las season's top scorer, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, moving to Paris Saint-Germain and coach Walter Mazzarri leaving for Inter.