Italian Serie A
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Roma 2-0 Cagliari

Alessandro Florenzi
Alessandro Florenzi goes past Cagliari defender Luca Rossettini during Roma's victory

Alessandro Florenzi set up one goal and scored another as Roma went top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Cagliari.

Florenzi crossed for Mattia Destro's 10th-minute opener before scoring the second three minutes later after good work from Gervinho.

Florenzi was booked for climbing into the stands to celebrate the goal with his 82-year-old grandmother.

Ex-Chelsea defender Ashley Cole made his third start for Roma, who have not conceded in the league this season.

Rudi Garcia's team were Serie A runners-up last term and have won all three of their league matches so far.

Cole's perfect start
Ashley Cole has made three Serie A starts for Roma and been on the winning side on each occasion. The 33-year-old has helped Rudi Garcia's team beat Fiorentina, Empoli and Cagliari without conceding a goal.

Defending champions Juventus, who beat AC Milan 1-0 on Saturday, are the only other team with a 100% record.

Former Arsenal forward Gervinho, who scored twice in Roma's 5-1 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, was at the heart of much of Roma's best play as they cruised to victory over Cagliari.

Cagliari, who finished 15th last season, are still waiting for their first win of this campaign.

Roma's Alessandro Florenzi celebrates
Roma's Alessandro Florenzi celebrates by climbing into the stand to embrace his 82-year-old grandmother
Roma's Alessandro Florenzi scores against Cagliari
Alessandro Florenzi scored his first goal of the season to put Roma 2-0 up
Roma's on-loan Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action against Cagliari forward Marco Sau
Roma's on-loan Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action against Cagliari forward Marco Sau

Line-ups

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13Sisenando
  • 44Manolas
  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 3Cole
  • 20Keita
  • 16De RossiSubstituted forEmanuelsonat 82'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 24FlorenziBooked at 14minsSubstituted forLjajicat 72'minutes
  • 22DestroSubstituted forPjanicat 68'minutes
  • 27Kouassi

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 8Ljajic
  • 10Totti
  • 15Pjanic
  • 25Holebas
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 35Torosidis
  • 50Somma
  • 82Emanuelson
  • 91Calabresi
  • 96Sanabria

Cagliari

  • 27Cragno
  • 14PisanoSubstituted forBalzanoat 50'minutes
  • 32Ceppitelli
  • 15RossettiniBooked at 60mins
  • 8Avelar
  • 20EkdalSubstituted forDessenaat 59'minutes
  • 5Conti
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão
  • 17FariasSubstituted forLongoat 59'minutes
  • 25Sau
  • 23Ibarbo

Substitutes

  • 1Colombi
  • 3Murru
  • 4Crisetig
  • 7Cossu
  • 9Longo
  • 13Rangel da Silva
  • 16Dessena
  • 21Balzano
  • 33Capuano
Referee:
Sebastiano Peruzzo
Attendance:
40,977

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamCagliari
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 2, Cagliari 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 2, Cagliari 0.

Attempt saved. Samuele Longo (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Offside, Roma. Radja Nainggolan tries a through ball, but Urby Emanuelson is caught offside.

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

Foul by Samuele Longo (Cagliari).

Adem Ljajic (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marco Sau (Cagliari).

Attempt blocked. Seydou Keita (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adem Ljajic.

Attempt missed. Luca Ceppitelli (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Pedro with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Maicon.

Foul by Gervinho (Roma).

Antonio Balzano (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maicon (Roma).

Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Urby Emanuelson replaces Daniele De Rossi because of an injury.

Morgan De Sanctis (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari).

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

Attempt saved. Samuele Longo (Cagliari) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Antonio Balzano.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi.

Offside, Roma. Miralem Pjanic tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

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

Foul by João Pedro (Cagliari).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Alessandro Florenzi.

Attempt missed. João Pedro (Cagliari) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Miralem Pjanic replaces Mattia Destro.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Seydou Keita.

Attempt blocked. Samuele Longo (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniele Dessena.

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

Samuele Longo (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Cagliari. Daniele Dessena tries a through ball, but Marco Sau is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Maicon (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi.

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

João Pedro (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Luca Rossettini (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mattia Destro (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st September 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma33005059
2Juventus33004049
3Hellas Verona32103127
4AC Milan32018626
5Udinese32013216
6Inter Milan31208175
7Sampdoria31203125
8Atalanta31112204
9Genoa31112204
10Fiorentina311112-14
11Cesena311135-24
12Lazio31024403
13Parma310278-13
14Chievo310234-13
15Napoli310223-13
16Palermo302134-12
17Sassuolo302118-72
18Cagliari301225-31
19Empoli301225-31
20Torino301203-31
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