Italian Serie A
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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



Formation 4-3-3

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


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

Hellas Verona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


  • 2Rodríguez
  • 7Saviola
  • 9Toni
  • 16Luna
  • 17López
  • 27Valoti
  • 30Campanharo
  • 32Ferrari
  • 40González
  • 69Salvetti
  • 93Fares
  • 96Cappelluzzo
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 2, Verona 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 2, Verona 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luca Toni (Verona).

  5. Post update

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

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Maicon (Roma).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Leandro Paredes replaces Radja Nainggolan.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Verona. Mattia Valoti replaces Bosko Jankovic.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Goal!

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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