SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 16 Sep 2013 (19.45 UK)
Parma 1 - 3 Roma
Biabiany 39 (P); Florenzi 47 (R), Totti 70 (R), Strootman 85 pen (R)
Stadio Ennio Tardini

Alessandro Florenzi, Francesco Totti and Kevin Strootman gave Roma a resounding 3-1 win over Parma.

Rudi Garcia made just one change to his side from the one that beat Verona last time out. Gervinho missed out this one, with Adem Ljajic coming in to make his full debut. The home team meanwhile brought in Walter Gargano and Marco Marchionni for Jaime Valdes and Gianni Munari as they looked for their first win of the new season.

It was an open start to the match, with both sides getting in shots early on. Totti forced Antonio Mirante into a save inside four minutes, whilst Antonio Cassano fired his own effort wide just a few minutes later.

The capital club were enjoying slightly more of the possession, and were working the ball nicely – however, they didn’t worry Mirante with any shots, despite Totti and Maicon both having a go on goal.

Jonathan Biabiany attempted to stop the wave of Roma attacks with a shot of his own, but in-keeping with the rest of the game, his effort didn’t trouble Morgan De Sanctis.

With five minutes of the half to go though, the French winger got his name on the scoresheet to give the Crociati an unexpected lead. Mattia Cassani put in a cross towards the near post for the flying wide-man, who headed home.

After the break however, the Lupi managed to get themselves on level terms within 90 seconds of the restart. Miralem Pjanic laid in Florenzi, who finished past Mirante for the equaliser.

The visitors were clearly on top, and they made that advantage count on 70 minutes when Kevin Strootman played in Totti, who finished for his first goal of the campaign.

And it got even better for the away side late on when Cassani brought down Gervinho inside the area to conceded a penalty. With Totti off the pitch, it was left to Strootman to dispatch from 12 yards and maintain Roma’s superb start to the season.


Parma: Mirante; Cassani, Felipe, Lucarelli; Biabiany (Sansone 79), Gargano, Marchionni, Parolo, Gobbi (Mesbah 90); Cassano, Amauri (Okaka 69)
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Balzaretti; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Florenzi (Marquinho 69), Totti (Borriello 76), Ljajić (Gervinho 54)
Ref: Guida