AS Roma, under the new management of Daniele De Rossi, secured a 2-1 home win against Hellas Verona, marking a successful start to their post-Jose Mourinho era. Stephan El Shaarawy played a crucial role, contributing assists for both Romelu Lukaku and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
In the 19th minute, El Shaarawy’s run into the box set up Lukaku, who netted his ninth league goal this season, breaking the deadlock. The hosts doubled their lead six minutes later when El Shaarawy’s assist led to Pellegrini smashing a shot into the roof of the net.
Despite Verona being awarded a penalty shortly after the hour mark, Milan Djuric’s miss maintained Roma’s lead. Verona managed to pull one back in the 76th minute through Michael Folorunsho, exploiting a rare lapse by Roma’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
De Rossi expressed his satisfaction with the victory, acknowledging the emotional and pressurized nature of his new role. The win propelled Roma to eighth place in the Serie A table, showcasing the team’s determination and heart.
The Stadio Olimpico witnessed both support for De Rossi’s debut and messages of appreciation for Mourinho. De Rossi, in a heartfelt moment, took the squad to celebrate in front of the fans, emphasizing the bond with the supporters.
De Rossi’s tenure began on a positive note, and the intriguing battle for European places in Serie A adds anticipation to Roma’s upcoming fixtures. Meanwhile, Verona’s winless streak in away matches extended, contributing to a challenging season for Marco Baroni’s side.