Roma squeezed past Crotone thanks to a debatable Diego Perotti penalty, while Crotone had other complaints about the referee.
The Giallorossi missed Kostas Manolas and Emerson Palmieri, but gave Rick Karsdorp his Serie A debut after the €14m move from Feyenoord and knee surgery. Maxime Gonalons, Gerson and Cengiz Under were also given rare starts. Crotone were fresh from a 5-0 hammering at Sampdoria, missing Oliver Kragl and Marco Tumminello, but Marcus Rohden passed a fitness test.
Aleksandar Kolarov hit a scorcher that swerved just over the far top corner, then moments later he stumbled when challenged in the box by Mario Sampirisi and the referee opted for a penalty. It did not appear to be a foul, but VAR was not used and Diego Perotti converted.
Kolarov was on fine form and swung a free kick from an improbable angle that thumped the near post with Alex Cordaz surprised.
Rohden tested Alisson following a Crotone counter-attack, but Edin Dzeko nodded a Perotti cross inches wide.
Dzeko’s strike smashed off the crossbar after the restart and Gregoire Defrel came off the bench with a great chance straight away, only to completely miss the Perotti assist.
Crotone were certainly still in the game and had penalty appeals waved away when Ante Budimir went down under pressure from Federico Fazio. Budimir was booked for simulation, but considering how weak the Roma penalty award was, the Calabrese club had reason to complain.