Roma ran out 4-1 winners against Serie B side Frosinone in today’s friendly, with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan contributing a goal and assist each.
Both teams are just starting their pre-season preparations after very late end to the campaigns, as the Giallorossi were in the Europa League Round of 16 against Sevilla, while the Canarini reached the Serie B promotion play-off final.
Paulo Fonseca continued to work with the three-man defence, a system he started using during the closing months of last season, but with Bryan Cristante at centre-back and Mkhitaryan a makeshift centre-forward.
It was a strong start, as Rick Karsdorp completed a give-and-go with Pellegrini to fire in, then Cengiz Under sprung the offside trap to score on Gianluca Mancini’s pass.
Pellegrini turned goal-scorer on 36 minutes when running on to a Mkhitaryan through ball to beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.
However, Pellegrini then added his second assist of the game by returning the favour for Mkhitaryan.
Antonio Mirante made his comeback after recovering from COVID-19, but was immediately beaten by Federico Dionisi’s header at the back post.
Roger Ibanez went off with a knock to the foot, while Under forced a save and Diego Perotti wasted a promising opportunity.
Frosinone 1-4 Roma
Karsdorp 14 (R), Under 16 (R), Pellegrini 36 (R), Mkhitaryan 43 (R), Dionisi 55 (F)
Roma: Pau Lopez (Mirante 46); Mancini (Trasciani 67), Cristante, Ibanez (Juan Jesus 60); Karsdorp (Villar 61), Diawara (Santon 61), Veretout, Calafiori (Bouah 67); Pellegrini (Perotti 61), Under (Antonucci 67); Mkhitaryan