Friday July 26 2013
Roma win on Strootman debut

Roma fought back to beat Aris Thessaloniki 2-1 in a friendly in Greece on Kevin Strootman’s debut.

Goalkeeper Skorupski was caught by surprise when Udoji curled in a free kick from a narrow angle, giving the Greek outfit the lead.

Strootman and Marco Borriello forced saves, while Marquinho’s header was denied by a Dioudis goalline clearance.

The Giallorossi completed a late comeback to secure a 2-1 victory, sparked when Nicolas Burdisso nodded in a Rodrigo Taddei corner.

Aris still threatened, as Skorupski palmed a Damarlis effort on to the upright, but Michael Bradley volleyed in Federico Balzaretti’s cross to turn it around completely.

Aris Thessaloniki 1-2 Roma

Scorers: Udoji 16 (A), Burdisso 69 (R), Bradley 79 (R)

Aris: Dioudis (Bouzanis 56); Iraklis (Damarlis 75), Pulido, Kyrgias, Margaritis; Oikonomopoulos (Sounas 60), Papadopoulos (Lemonis 75); Stavropoulos (Aganzo 60), Triantafyllakos (Elsner 60), Udoji (Karagiannis 60); Manias (Aggeloudis 56)

Roma: Skorupski; Torosidis (Jedvaj 61), Benatia (Burdisso 61), Castan (Romagnoli 46), Dodò (Balzaretti 61); Pjanic (Bradley 46), Strootman (Verre 61), Marquinho (Taddei 61); Lamela (Tallo 46), Borriello (Osvaldo 61), Caprari (Totti 46)

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