Roma ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at the Stadio Vigorito, as Edin Dzeko scored two and provoked a pair of Benevento own goals.
Le Streghe were still seeking their first ever Serie A point after four rounds, having scored one goal and conceded 10, but were wracked by injuries to Amato Ciciretti, Andrea Costa, Marco D’Alessandro and Luca Antei, as well as coming off a 6-0 defeat to Napoli. Roma got back on track at the weekend, beating Verona 3-0, but Radja Nainggolan, Patrik Schick, Rick Karsdorp and Emerson Palmieri missed the trip.
This was the first competitive meeting between the sides and Vid Belec got down well to smother a Dzeko header on Bruno Peres’ cross from the right.
Benevento should’ve taken the lead on 17 minutes when Massimo Coda went on the counter and rolled across for Danilo Cataldi, who somehow missed the target from the edge of the box.
They were made to pay, because moments later Roma broke the deadlock. Aleksandar Kolarov surged down the left, shrugging off Ledian Memushaj, and rolled across for Dzeko to tap in from a yard.
Another similar move from Maxime Gonalons almost found Dzeko in the same position, but this time Achraf Lazaar intercepted. Dzeko also hit the near post from just inside the penalty area, pouncing on a rebound.
Coda cut inside from the left to drill wide of the upright, but Roma doubled their advantage. Bruno Peres got down the right undisturbed from a splendid Gonalons through ball and rolled across for Dzeko to tap in, but Fabio Lucioni got his toe there first to put through his own net.
Benevento’s flanks were in serious trouble, as Roma players regularly waltzed to the by-line, with more chances for Dzeko and Diego Perotti.
On the stroke of half-time, Coda did get himself in a promising position for the hosts, but scuffed his volley from six yards.
Little changed after the break, as Perotti caught Benevento napping on their own throw-in and Dzeko placed a precise left-foot snooker shot into the near bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Lorenzo Pellegrini stung Belec’s gloves with a long-range strike, but when Coda did get a chance running clear on goal, he blazed over the bar. He had a similar opportunity moments later and it was at least on target, albeit straight at Alisson.
Roma added a fourth and it was another own goal, as Kolarov flew down the flank and his taut low cross for Dzeko was accidentally turned in by Lorenzo Venuti.
Dzeko was eager for that hat-trick and thumped the crossbar with a great control and turn with his left foot from a tight angle.
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