Italian Serie A
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Roma 2-0 Fiorentina

Ashley Cole makes Roma debut
Cole won 107 England caps before retiring from international football earlier this year

Ashley Cole made his Roma debut as last season's Serie A runners-up began the new season with a hard-fought win against visitors Fiorentina.

Ex-Chelsea left-back Cole, who joined the Giallorossi on a free transfer, was rarely threatened as Roma led through Radja Nainggolan's half-volley.

The visitors improved after half-time, forcing Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis into three excellent saves.

Roma sealed victory with the last kick of the game through Gervinho's strike.

The ex-Arsenal player had been wasteful in front of goal before finally putting the game beyond Fiorentina, who finished fourth in Serie A last season.

Victory meant Roma - who finished 17 points behind Juventus last season - maintained pace with the reigning champions on the opening weekend of the Italian top-flight.

Juve, under new boss Massimiliano Allegri, started their bid to win a fourth consecutive Serie A title with a comfortable 1-0 win at Chievo.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 35TorosidisBooked at 72mins
  • 44ManolasSubstituted forKeitaat 67'minutes
  • 23AstoriBooked at 57mins
  • 3ColeBooked at 87mins
  • 15Pjanic
  • 16De Rossi
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 7IturbeSubstituted forLjajicat 77'minutes
  • 10TottiBooked at 23minsSubstituted forFlorenziat 70'minutes
  • 27Gervinho

Substitutes

  • 8Ljajic
  • 9Borriello
  • 11Romagnoli
  • 20Keita
  • 22Destro
  • 24Florenzi
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 48Ucan
  • 50Somma
  • 82Emanuelson

Fiorentina

  • 1Murara Neto
  • 40Tomovic
  • 2RodríguezBooked at 23mins
  • 15SavicBooked at 23mins
  • 28AlonsoBooked at 54mins
  • 25BrillanteSubstituted forIlicicat 35'minutes
  • 7Pizarro
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 6VargasSubstituted forAquilaniat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 30BabacarSubstituted forJoaquínat 63'minutes
  • 33Gomez

Substitutes

  • 10Aquilani
  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 17Joaquín
  • 19Basanta
  • 21Lupatelli
  • 23Pasqual
  • 29Bernardeschi
  • 32Lazzari
  • 55Hegazy
  • 72Ilicic
Referee:
Marco Guida
Attendance:
44,353

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamFiorentina
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 0.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Fiorentina 0. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seydou Keita.

Booking

Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nenad Tomovic.

Attempt blocked. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stefan Savic (Fiorentina).

Booking

Ashley Cole (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gervinho with a cross.

Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).

Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Mario Gomez (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josip Ilicic (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alberto Aquilani.

Offside, Fiorentina. Stefan Savic tries a through ball, but Joaquín is caught offside.

Offside, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

Offside, Fiorentina. Neto tries a through ball, but Josip Ilicic is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Juan Iturbe.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina).

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Savic (Fiorentina).

Foul by Juan Iturbe (Roma).

Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Iturbe.

Booking

Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Vasilis Torosidis (Roma).

Joaquín (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Alberto Aquilani replaces Juan Vargas.

Attempt missed. Josip Ilicic (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Juan Iturbe (Roma).

Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Francesco Totti.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Gonzalo Rodríguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Seydou Keita replaces Kostas Manolas.

Ashley Cole (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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