Parma heaped further misery on rock-bottom Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 Serie A victory in a match which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s promoted side have picked up just two points so far this term, but things looked promising at the interval when substitute Domenico Berardi stroked home a penalty in first-half stoppage time – following the dismissal of Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante – to get the visitors back on level terms after Raffaele Palladino’s 32nd-minute opener.
However, the 10-man hosts showed little mercy on their struggling opponents and bagged two goals in seven minutes through substitute Aleandro Rosi and Antonio Cassano to seal the three points before Francesco Magnanelli’s late red card rubbed salt into Sassuolo’s wounds.
On Saturday, Captain Francesco Totti scored twice as Roma powered five points clear at the top of the Serie A standings with a stunning 3-0 win over previously undefeated Inter Milan at the San Siro.
All three goals came in the first half with 37-year-old Totti opening the scoring in the 18th minute before adding a second with a 40th-minute penalty following a foul by Alvaro Pereira on Gervinho inside the area.
Alessandro Florenzi then notched a third four minutes later to complete a dream half for Roma, who even coped with the 79th-minute dismissal of Federico Balzaretti to claim a seventh successive win.
Roma, who are enjoying their best-ever start to a Serie A season, are now five points clear at the summit above Napoli, who are at home to Livorno on Sunday.
Inter, meanwhile, remain in fourth place on 14 points after seeing their unbeaten start to the campaign shattered.
Also on Saturday, Atalanta took all three points for a second successive game as Maximiliano Moralez’s early strike steered them to a 1-0 win at Chievo.
Moralez netted what proved to be only goal of the contest in the 16th minute, volleying in from Christian Raimondi’s tee-up.
The victory follows the 2-0 home league win over Udinese last weekend, prior to which Atalanta had lost three matches in a row.
Struggling Chievo, meanwhile, are now on a three-game losing streak themselves and have been defeated in a five of their seven league fixtures this season.