Italian Serie A
Roma2Hellas Verona0

Roma 2-0 Verona

Roma's Destro and Florenzi celebrate Verona win

Roma midfielder Mattia Destro scored a stunning goal from close to the halfway line as the Giallorossi maintained their 100% start in Serie A.

Destro controlled team-mate Morgan De Sanctis's goal kick before smashing in a half volley from more than 40 yards.

That secured Roma's fifth straight win after substitute Alessandro Florenzi fired into the bottom corner for the opening goal.

Juventus, who beat Atalanta later on Saturday, are top on goal difference.

Roma skipper Francesco Totti marked his 38th birthday by starting for Rudi Garcia's men and there was a party atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico as supporters sent their best wishes to their talismanic captain.

But Totti, who has scored 235 times in 21 seasons at the club, was unable to celebrate the occasion with a goal.

On the half-hour mark, he slid a loose ball towards goal but Verona defender Frederik Sorensen scrambled back to clear off the line.

The former Italy international also went close immediately after the break when Verona's teenage goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini tipped his effort over the bar.

Sixth-placed Verona looked set to frustrate Roma until Florenzi and Destro broke through in the final quarter of an hour.

Roma travel to Juventus in a top-of-the-table clash next weekend.

Roma fans mark Francesco Totti's 38th birthday
Roma fans sent their best wishes to captain Francesco Totti on his 38th birthday

Line-ups

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13Maicon
  • 44ManolasBooked at 45mins
  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 3Cole
  • 15Pjanic
  • 20Keita
  • 4NainggolanSubstituted forParedesat 83'minutes
  • 22Destro
  • 10TottiSubstituted forFlorenziat 67'minutes
  • 8LjajicSubstituted forGervinhoat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 24Florenzi
  • 25Holebas
  • 27Gervinho
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 35Torosidis
  • 50Somma
  • 53Verde
  • 82Emanuelson
  • 91Calabresi
  • 96Sanabria

Hellas Verona

  • 95Gollini
  • 5Sorensen
  • 18Moras
  • 25Marques Pinto
  • 28Brivio
  • 23Ionita
  • 8ObbadiSubstituted forCampanharoat 43'minutes
  • 77Tachtsidis
  • 21Gómez Taleb
  • 99Miguel da SilvaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forToniat 71'minutes
  • 11JankovicSubstituted forValotiat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rodríguez
  • 7Saviola
  • 9Toni
  • 16Luna
  • 17López
  • 27Valoti
  • 30Campanharo
  • 32Ferrari
  • 40González
  • 69Salvetti
  • 93Fares
  • 96Cappelluzzo
Referee:
Carmine Russo
Attendance:
40,432

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamHellas Verona
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 2, Verona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 2, Verona 0.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luca Toni (Verona).

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gervinho.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Verona 0. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan De Sanctis following a set piece situation.

Offside, Verona. Gustavo Campanharo tries a through ball, but Luca Toni is caught offside.

Foul by Maicon (Roma).

Gustavo Campanharo (Verona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Leandro Paredes replaces Radja Nainggolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Mattia Valoti replaces Bosko Jankovic.

Offside, Verona. Juanito Gómez tries a through ball, but Luca Toni is caught offside.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt saved. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gervinho.

Attempt missed. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gervinho.

Attempt blocked. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 1, Verona 0. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma).

Luca Toni (Verona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Seydou Keita (Roma) because of an injury.

Delay in match Artur Ionita (Verona) because of an injury.

Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

Artur Ionita (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Luca Toni replaces Nenê.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Vangelis Moras.

Attempt missed. Nenê (Verona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Frederik Sorensen with a cross.

Foul by Maicon (Roma).

Gustavo Campanharo (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Francesco Totti.

Offside, Verona. Artur Ionita tries a through ball, but Juanito Gómez is caught offside.

Foul by Francesco Totti (Roma).

Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Maicon (Roma) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Francesco Totti with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Vangelis Moras.

Attempt missed. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Bosko Jankovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Gervinho replaces Adem Ljajic.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Rafael Marques.

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