Serie A got a great start of the new campaign as Roma launched their Serie A campaign in style at the Olympic Stadium with 4-0 victory over Udinese. A silent first half didn’t justify Roma standards against 17th place Udinese side, but two second-half Diego Perotti penalties and strikes from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah came heavily on Udinese, and they paid the price to relax when they needed to get going.
Stephan El Shaarawy hasn’t justified his talent as expected as Argentinian midfielder Perotti substituted him in 56th-minute, converted two spot-kicks in the space of 10 second-half minutes before striker Dzeko added a third in the 82nd minute, with Salah completing the scoring with his first league goal two minutes later.
It was the kind of warm-up Luciano Spalletti’s side were looking for before the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Porto on Tuesday, having drawn 1-1 in Portugal. Although, it wasn’t a relaxed match for Giallorossi as they expected to rest their key players before champions league playoff 2nd leg match.
Roma did not have it all their own way in a goalless first half, with Udinese threatening through Iceland international midfielder Emil Hallfredsson and Gabriele Angella. Two long-range shots before the break from Roma defender Bruno Peres went close to giving the home side the lead, while Dzeko and Radja Nainggolan, the subject of three failed summer transfer bids from Chelsea, were wasteful in front of goal.
But once Perotti had scored his first penalty in the 65th minute following Danilo’s foul on Dzeko, Roma takes control in the game. Everything changed from that moment and Perotti converted again from the spot 10 minutes later, this time into the opposite corner, after Emmanuel Badu’s challenge on Salah. Nainggolan set up Dzeko for the third from close range following a corner with eight minutes left.Salah saw his late header well saved by Udinese goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, but immediately made amends with an emphatic finish into the top corner as Roma cruised to victory.
Roma makes a statement to challenge Juventus to end their five-year reign of Scudetto winner. But, Roma’s silent first half tells the other side of story that they can be kept mum with a disciplined defense, and we have yet to see playing the newly formed Juventus after departure of Pogba and Morata to Manchester United and Real Madrid respectively.