MILAN (AP) – Cagliari took the early lead in Serie A with a 2-1 win over newly promoted Novara on Saturday.
Brazilian forward Thiago Ribeiro gave Cagliari the lead with a header in the 38th minute and Argentine forward Joaquin Larrivey doubled the lead in the 86th with a deflection off a shot from captain Daniele Conti.
Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto pulled one back for Novara in the 88th with a lob from outside the area.
Having opened with a 2-1 win at Roma last weekend, Cagliari has a full six points.
Novara, which is back in the top division for the first time in 55 years, has one point.
Later, both Inter Milan manager Gian Piero Gasperini's and Roma coach Luis Enrique's jobs were on the line when the clubs met at the San Siro.
Both Inter and Roma lost their openers, meaning Cagliari was guaranteed to have sole possession of the lead at least for a night.
''It's a great starting point,'' said Cagliari midfielder Davide Biondini.
On Sunday defending champion AC Milan visits Napoli and Juventus hopes to continue its strong start at Siena.
Also Sunday, it's: Atalanta vs. Palermo; Bologna vs. Lecce; Catania vs. Cesena; Lazio vs. Genoa; Parma vs. Chievo Verona; and Udinese vs. Fiorentina.
In Sardinia, many Cagliari fans heeded a call from club president Massimo Cellino and wore purple to ward off bad luck, since the match was played on the 17th day of the month and 17 is considered an unlucky number in Italy.