FIRENZE – AS Roma forced to lag behind the host Fiorentina 1-0 at the Artemio Franchi. Is Mario Gomez who made the runner-up last season‘s Serie A had to work extra hard in the second round if they want to come out as winners.
Status as host, Fiorentina took the initiative to attack. Some chance of success generated a host, one of Juan Cuadrado who fired long-range shot, but was wide of goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.
Slowly, Rome began to display a greatness. Any chance of Francesco Totti who shot distance nan hard, but it still does not change the position. Likewise with Kevin Strootman stroke results from a corner kick Totti.
Goal! 19 minutes belonged to Fiorentina. Flat-kick deflected David Pizarro succeeded by Mario Gomez, as he opened the score to 1-0 for the hosts.
Disastrous for Rome because Strootman visible injury and could not continue the match. Dutch midfielder was then pulled out and replaced Miralem Pjanic. This is unfortunate, because as we know the new Strootman back from a long injury.
At the end of the first half, Rome quieter play the ball from foot to foot, looking for a gap in the line behind Fiorentina. However, what happens is the same that has not been able to host many threatened goalkeeper, Ciprian Tatarusanu.
Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Basanta; Joaquin Fernandez, Pizarro, Valero, Pasqual; Cuadrado; Gomez.
AS Roma: De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, Yanga–Mbiwa, Holebas; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman / Pjanic; Ljajic, Totti, Iturbe.