Serie A - Enrique's Roma lose opener

Sun, 11 Sep 17:32:00 2011

New Roma boss Luis Enrique got off to a poor start as his side lost their opening Serie A game 2-1 to Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico.

2011/12 Serie A Roma-Cagliari Conti - 0

Daniele Conti opened the scoring in the second half after poor defending from Jose Angel Valdes and two minutes later Angel was sent off for a petulant kick on Davide Biondini.

That made it a real uphill task for Roma and the game was put to bed when Moestafa El Kabir struck on the break deep into added time.

 Daniele De Rossi tapped in a consolation with literally the last kick of the game following a saved Totti free-kick, but the damage was already done.

 The first half was a pretty poor affair, with neither team able to create opportunities. Angel had the first meaningful shot on target after 15 minutes with a stinging shot from 30 yards. From then on in the game went into a prolonged lull until Miralem Pjanic tested Michael Agazzi following a cutback from Aleandro Rosi.

 Cagliari finally tested Maarten Stekelenburg when Cardoso Thiago Ribeiro unleashed a powerful effort from the corner of the box. Seconds later, Davide Biondini hit the bar from a similar position, his curling effort flying over the stranded Stekelenburg, but dipping just too late.

 The second half was played with a lot more urgency from both sides. Cagliari were on the back foot, but struck midway into the second half. Angel could only head a cross onto the chest of Conti, who waited for the ball to drop and slammed it into the far corner.

 Roma reacted, but not in a positive way as Angel then got himself sent off. Roma actually improved after going down to 10, with Pablo Osvaldo and Francesco Totti both going close.

Three minutes into injury time all hope was gone for Roma as substitute El Kabir broke down the right hand channel, entered the box and fired a fierce effort into the bottom corner.

That looked to be the last action of the game, but Roma at least got on the scoreboard after Agazzi could only parry Totti's free kick into the path of De Rossi.

Thomas Emburey-Dennis / Eurosport

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