Tammy Abraham stars as Jose Mourinho picks up first Roma win in Serie A

New signing helps secure 3-1 victory against Fiorentina

Jose Mourinho was delighted as new signing Tammy Abraham shone on his Roma debut in the 3-1 Serie A victory against Fiorentina.

Visiting goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski saw red for a foul on the England striker, who then set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the opener in the 26th minute, his neat finish given as a goal after a long VAR check.

Nicolo Zaniolo's second yellow card gave a brave Fiorentina side hope and Nikola Milenkovic levelled the scores on the hour mark.

However great work again from Abraham - who also hit the bar - led to Roma retaking the lead through Jordan Veretout four minutes later, the 23-year-old just about staying onside before rolling a perfect low cross which allowed the French midfielder to slot home.

Veretout made sure Mourinho secured three points from his first match in Serie A since winning the league with Inter Milan in 2010 when he rolled home the third in the 79th minute after collecting a brilliant Eldor Shomurodov pass.

"We were good 11 against 11, good 10 against 10, but with 11 against 10 we weren't that good," Mourinho told DAZN.

"I liked the spirit, the sacrifice the work we put in. But we had difficult moments that I wasn't expecting."

Updated: August 23rd 2021, 8:15 AM
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