Juve beat Livorno to maintain perfect start

MILAN - Juventus kept up their 100 percent record in Serie A through goals from Vincenzo Iaquinta and Claudio Marchisio which sealed a flattering 2-0 home win over Livorno on Saturday.

Ciro Ferrara's side lead the table with a maximum 12 points from four games but they again had to thank goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for the result as much as the goalscorers.

Italy striker Iaquinta, who netted in the lacklustre 1-1 draw with Girondins Bordeaux in the Champions League on Tuesday, headed in Mauro Camoranesi's cross after eight minutes.

Midfielder Marchisio then ran on to another clever Camoranesi pass and dinked the ball home on the half hour.

Promoted Livorno had several chances but striker Francesco Tavano was among those to find Buffon in inspired form.

"Definitely it's a good period for me," Buffon told Sky television. "We've won fairly comfortably but Livorno had a good game. We move on with optimism, knowing we can improve."

Juve were without a raft of injured players including Diego and Alessandro del Piero but still stuck to the 4-3-1-2 formation which Ferrara has brought in this season to replace their traditional 4-4-2.

Despite winning all four league games, the Turin side remain a work in progress with diminutive 22-year-old Sebastian Giovinco again struggling to fill in for playmaker Diego.

Big-spending Napoli failed to win for the third game in four when they drew 0-0 at home with Udinese in the early match.

Udinese's Antonio Di Natale had an effort wrongly ruled out for offside in the first half and was denied by a smart save by Morgan De Sanctis in the second when Marek Hamsik also missed a golden opportunity for the hosts.

Napoli's stadium manager was arrested on Friday after a raid at the Stadio San Paolo discovered 200 kilograms of illegal fireworks, which police believe were destined to be used by hardcore home fans.

Champions Inter Milan visit Cagliari and AC Milan entertain Bologna without 'flu victim Ronaldinho in Sunday's main set of matches while AS Roma welcome Fiorentina.