NEWS
Sunday August 5 2012
Destro and Balza debut goals

Mattia Destro got a brace and Federico Balzaretti was also on target as Roma demolished Austrian side Irdning 13-0.

Coach Zdenek Zeman stuck with his 4-3-3 system that had Francesco Totti playing wide on the left of the attacking trident with Nico Lopez on the right.

It took the captain just four minutes to find the net, as he was set up by new buy Balzaretti to fire in from 12 yards.

Destro got his first goal in a Giallorossi jersey soon after, making the most of a Totti assist, and Balzaretti also broke his duck with a diving header on Destro’s cross.

Ex-Siena hitman Destro completed his brace by running on to a Totti backheel flick and waltzing round the helpless goalkeeper.

After 25 minutes, Totti and Destro switched places so the veteran was playing in the centre-forward role.

Totti was still enjoying himself as a provider, creating goals for Nico Lopez and Florenzi, before he moved back to the left flank.

After numerous substitutions, Miralem Pjanic chipped the goalkeeper and Erik Lamela got two goals in quick succession.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo ran on to a Lamela through ball to lob the ‘keeper, crossed for Lamela’s hat-trick header and then completed his own brace.

Roma 13-0 Irdning

Scorers: Totti 4, Destro 12, 23, Balzaretti 20, Nico Lopez 32, Florenzi 35, Pjanic 51, Lamela 57, 66, 86, Osvaldo 67, 88, Marquinho 79

Roma: Stekelenburg (Lobont 46); Piris (Taddei 46), Castan, Burdisso (Romagnoli 64), Balzaretti; De Rossi (Tachtsidis 46), Florenzi (Lucca 83), Pjanic (Marquinho 55); Nico Lopez (Lamela 46), Destro (Osvaldo 46), Totti (Bojan 64) (Bradley 73)

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