A magical free kick from Aleksandar Kolarov gave Roma their record 11th consecutive away victory in Serie A, sinking toothless Torino.
The Giallorossi were playing very well lately, but certainly hadn’t been fortunate, hitting the woodwork in defeats to Napoli and Inter, while held 3-3 by Chelsea in the Champions League midweek. They missed Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio, so Hector Moreno got his first Serie A start, while Radja Nainggolan moved into a more advanced role. Toro had two points from three rounds, a very leaky defence and had to do without injured Andrea Belotti, Lyanco, Joel Obi and Cristian Ansaldi. It was a special game for ex-Roma players Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Umar Sadiq.
Until last season’s 3-1 loss here, the Giallorossi had been unbeaten away to Torino in Serie A since October 1990, ending a run of four victories and 10 stalemates.
Umar Sadiq was certainly eager to make his mark, although not particularly accurate with his finishing, while Alessandro Florenzi drilled wide on the counter.
Sadiq was perhaps trying too hard, as he blasted one chance over from 12 yards and then took one too many touches in the box on a Ljajic assist. Moreno did well to cut out a dangerous Cristian Molinaro cross with Sadiq waiting to tap in.
Florenzi spotted Salvatore Sirigu off his line and tried a shot from midfield, forcing the ex-PSG goalkeeper to fingertip it over the bar. From the resulting Aleksandar Kolarov corner, Sirigu missed it and somehow Kevin Strootman tapped wide unmarked at the back post.
Sirigu punched another dangerous Kolarov cross off the head of Dzeko and M’Baye Niang sparked a dangerous move, his cross finding Ljajic to skim the woodwork.
It needed a moment of magic to break the deadlock and it came from Kolarov, who curled a trademark free kick into the near top corner from a good 25-30 metres out.
Cengiz Under and Bruno Peres had chances to consolidate the lead late on.