Roma put on a show for Olimpico crowd

Roma Shakhtar Donetsk

Roma turned on the style at the Stadio Olimpico in a 5-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, which saw Nicolò Zaniolo, Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham combine, while Georginio Wijnaldum made his debut.

This was the final pre-season friendly and also the official presentation of the squad to the fans, so 65,303 packed into the arena to participate in the event.

Jose Mourinho picked an all-attack formation with Dybala and Zaniolo supporting Tammy Abraham, plus new buys Nemanja Matic and Zeki Celik in midfield.

The deadlock was broken after 19 minutes with real style, as Lorenzo Pellegrini fired in after a series of one-touch passes from Zaniolo, Dybala and Abraham.

Zaniolo’s curler thumped the upright before his cheeky dummy allowed Abraham’s pass to go through for unmarked Gianluca Mancini.

Moments later, Yukhym Konoplya accidentally put the ball into his own net when trying to anticipate Leonardo Spinazzola on a Matic assist.

Zaniolo got his goal on the hour mark, running onto the Stephan El Shaarawy pass and slipping the finish under the goalkeeper.

Gini Wijnaldum was given a standing ovation as he made his debut off the bench, but Pellegrini was unlucky not to add another goal when his ferocious strike bounced off the crossbar, hit the goalkeeper’s back and ricocheted back out.

Edoardo Bove did get the fifth late on, sweeping in from 12 yards on the El Shaarawy assist.

Roma 5-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Pellegrini 19 (R), Mancini 41 (R), Konoplya og 45 (R), Zaniolo 58 (R), Bove 86 (R)

Roma: Rui Patricio (Svilar 46) (Boer 80); Mancini (Bove 65), Kumbulla (Smalling 46), Vina (Ibanez 46); Celik, Pellegrini (Tripi 80), Matic (Cristante 46), Spinazzola (El Shaarawy 57); Dybala (Afena-Gyan 80), Zaniolo (Wijnaldum 65); Abraham (Shomurodov 80)

26 Comments on “Roma put on a show for Olimpico crowd”

  1. Roma is a scudetto contender, they improved the squad in the summer and they will gonna win something again this season. Might be coppa italia or Europa league.

  2. Also, I don’t think it would be wrong to say that Roma haven’t spent a lot of cash this transfer window. I would be interested to see the comparaison between the teams in serie A. With the sales is it even possible that they end up breaking even???

  3. One will have the impression Roma has spend like 200M euros this transfer but the ve hard a great window with less than 10M euros so far … Jose’s effect.

  4. @Donkey Kong coppa Italia and Europa league is not farmers cups, Riomma haven’t won anything in 15 years. Only teams like bodo bodo they can win.

  5. Yes you guys played as a team, Is going to be amazing team to watch this season.You guys should prove that you are a force to reckon with.

  6. Gotta love giardini di marzo and his fetish for anything even remotely related to Roma. Admit it, dude. Despite your constant vitriol, every night you secretly have under the cover self sessions fantasising about Totti and De Rossi.

  7. @i giardini di marzo Your logic is the reason i keep coming back here to teach washed out mindset like you about football. Definitely need a cleansing

  8. @giardini del cazzo, 5th place is not an “honour” recognised by Uefa and Fifa, however the European cup we won last year is! FORZA ROMA!! DAJE MAGICA!!!

  9. Zaniolo is a must-have player at Roma. The combination of Dybala, Tammy, Zanialo, and Pellegrini is most apparent; these quartets will score many goals and cause havoc to any opposition team.

  10. Anybody who studied Mourinho like I’ve done from Chelsea till date will understand he’s nothing building this team to reach the top four but to win the league. It also suits him more when his team is regarded underdogs that’s when he goes on to win trophies without been under immense pressure. Am sure Ramo is winning Seria A this season. The players just have to follow his instructions strictly and they’ll lift the trophy. All the best AS Roma and Jose. A Mourinho fan.

  11. AS Roma now is better than Chelsea, Manchester united, Tottenham,
    Be cos this 3ckub don’t have trust on Mr Jose
    Where ever club Mr Jose go, I follow him, I know that he the only man can win any thing for the club. Thank you As Roma may god bless you all

  12. Jose Mourinho second season has always been fantastic in his coaching carrier. He’ll definitely win something big this season.

    Jose Mourinho, to me, is the best football strategist and tactician in the world. I can’t love him less

  13. Honestly I expect much from you guys, I wish you the best of luck
    Saw you guys winning not less than two trophies , up Jose , up Roma , up Roma board for believing in Jose

  14. I don’t think Morinho is trying to win the scudetto trophy rather on all fronts. I think his eyes is wide open for the Champion leagues 2023/2024 season. I see three trophies is coming to Roma‘s way. I am eagerly waiting for next year and will not be surprised if Roma wins scudetto and UCL. I am blind fan of Morinho and dream big with AS Roma.
    Forza Roma.

  15. hahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa……… calm down ye pack of over excited girls ….. Roma looking good and sharp but it’ll all implode when Jose has a tantrum…

  16. AS Roma now is better than Chelsea, Manchester united, Tottenham,
    Be cos this 3ckub don’t have trust on Mr Jose
    Where ever club Mr Jose go, I follow him, I know that he the only man can win any thing for the club. Thank you As Roma may god bless you all

  17. I fully agree
    AS Roma now is better than Chelsea, Manchester united, Tottenham,
    Be cos this 3ckub don’t have trust on Mr Jose
    Where ever club Mr Jose go, I follow him, I know that he the only man can win any thing for the club. Thank you As Roma may god bless you all

  18. Giardini, it is i, your Burino father. Us burini need to stick together and cry whenever Roma does well. Now let’s go pray to Lotito for elevating the best team in Genzano! SS. Burino for life. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go sell mozzarellas at my bancarella.

  19. ??? What is wrong with the planet ??? Are all the fans of beautiful attacking football dead ????, everybody must be a blind Roma fan ,blind Juventus fan etc. ROMA CAN’T WIN THE LEAGUE.

  20. All payer is done. Now it’s time to dream. I invite all the hackers around the world to stop us if you can!!!! I see three trophies is coming to Roma‘s way. I am eagerly waiting for next year 2023 / 2024 and will not be surprised if Roma wins scudetto and UCL. I am blind fan of Morinho and dream big with AS Roma. Dare if you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Forza Roma.

  21. My Gawd, look at all these Mourinho fans flocking over to support Roma!

    YESSS!!!
    Roma finally has the trolls that can rival the provocateur bullies from Juve, Milan and Inter. I always DREAMED of having such an army! BWAHAHAHA

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