Twice Tammy Abraham assists helped Roma take a winning league begin under Jose Mourinho with triumph against Fiorentina in a match featuring two red cards.
Visiting goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski saw red for a foul on the England striker, who then set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the opener.
Nicolo Zaniolo was then dismissed, with Nikola Milenkovic levelling soon after.
Abraham’s low cross was fired in by Jordan Veretout, who also added a neat third to finally settle the contest.
Former Chelsea player Abraham could have had a goal of his own, but struck the crossbar with a close-range header with the score still at 1-1.
It was the perfect start for Mourinho and made for a welcome return for the Roma fans, attending a game at the Stadio Olympico for the first time since February 2020.
Former Chelsea, Tottenham and Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho named Roma boss.
They had to wait to fully celebrate their side’s first two goals, with each requiring long VAR checks to decide if Mkhitaryan had strayed offside before finishing the first and Abraham gone a moment too early to set up the second.
Sunday’s game was a difficult one by which to make an early judgement on Mourinho’s Roma, with the game distorted by the red cards, the first going to Dragowski in the 17th minute for a foul outside his area on Abraham, who had broken through the defence.
The second dismissal came early in the second half, levelling the numbers and rocking Roma sufficiently for them to also see their goal advantage wiped out by Milenkovic, who has been been linked with a move to both Tottenham and West Ham this summer.
Rui Patricio, signed from Wolves in the off-season, also had a fine debut for Roma, making a number of good saves in the game, but the real star was Abraham.
He was substituted with cramp with 20 minutes left, but had shown enough already to suggest he will be a real asset to Mourinho in his second spell in Italy.
Mourinho succeeded fellow Portuguese Daniel Fonseca at Roma, who finished seventh in Serie A last season.
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3Ibañez da Silva
17VeretoutSubstituted forBoveat 87’minutes
22ZanioloBooked at 52mins
7PellegriniBooked at 12minsSubstituted forPérezat 84’minutes
77MkhitaryanSubstituted forEl Shaarawyat 84’minutes
9AbrahamSubstituted forShomurodovat 69’minutes
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69DragowskiBooked at 17mins
23VenutiSubstituted forSaponaraat 84’minutes
98dos Santos de Paulo
5BonaventuraBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBenassiat 74’minutes
15PulgarBooked at 53mins
14MalehSubstituted forCastrovilliat 45’minutes
7CallejónSubstituted forTerraccianoat 20’minutes
22GonzálezSubstituted forSottilat 84’minutes
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