Roma put four past Sassuolo to win 4-2 in Serie A.
It was a good night for Roma, as they got their first victory of the Serie A season, and new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened in goals scoring account too.
It was not a bad night for the Rome team’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, who got three assists on the night.
Mkhitaryan and Jordan Veretout made their debuts by getting starting places in the side. New signing Chris Smalling did not feature after being declared injured.
Only two minutes into the game, Justin Kluivert made a dashing run into the box, only to be brought down by Peluso.
The referee awarded a penalty, but the decision was reviewed and overturned after it was deemed that Sassuolo defender Daniele Chiffi got the ball first.
Between Edin Dzeko and Bryan Cristiante forcing saves from the Sausuolo keeper Andrea Consigli, the inevitable happened.
In the 12th minute, it was Cristiante who opened the scoring, to make it 1-0 to Roma.
Saussuolo did not give up and kept pressing, maintaining useful possession of the ball and creating opportunities. They Hit the woodwork and had a goal disallowed for offside.
Their efforts were, however, in vain as Dezko doubled his team’s lead in the 19th minute to make it 2-0 to Roma.
It then only took three more minutes, before Mkhitaryan got in on the action to make it 3-0 and a dream debut for the Armenian international.
Even though the visitors tried to disrupt Roma’s game by executing a possession based passing game, they were undone less than ten minutes later.
In the 33rd minute, Pellegrini made it a hat-trick of assists and Justin Kluivert got himself on the action with a goal.
After beating the offside trap and latching onto Pellegrini’s through ball Kluivert coolly beat the keeper.
Leading 4-0 at half time, the game was over for all intend and purpose. Dezko could have bagged himself a couple more, but for some good goalkeeping and the crossbar.
Dzeko almost had a fifth before the break, chesting down an Alessandro Florenzi ball and Consigli smothering at his feet.
In the 53rd minute, Sassuolo’s Berardi scored a wonderful free-kick, to make it 4-1.
He got himself a second in the 72nd minute from 12 yards out after some nice passing play from his side.
It ended 4-2 to Roma, and to asroma.com Paulo Fonseca was happy to finally register a win for the season.
Roma need to use this result as a springboard to get their season off the ground.
Fonseca: “I’m very happy with our first win of the season. Thank you to all the Roma fans for their support. Now we continue working hard to improve even more. Daje Roma!” https://t.co/nXJ5zupieU
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 15, 2019