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Summary

  1. Ex-England left-back Cole starts for Roma
  2. Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar
  3. Spanish champions host La Liga debutants

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Now it's time for us disappear down the tunnel quicker

than a 'rogue' tweet appearing and disappearing on Falcao's social media account.

To recap for those at the back, Ashley Cole won on his Roma debut before Atletico Madrid earned the first win of their title defence.

But that's not all we've got for you European football fans this weekend. Nope. We will be back on Sunday with live text commentary of Barcelona's trip down the coast to Villarreal (18:00 BST) and then arch-rivals Real Madrid's visit to Real Sociedad (20:00 BST). Ciao for now!

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Rian Hoskins: With Conte gone, Roma could challenge Juventus this season with their additions, although Champions League will affect them.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

But let's not do Eibar a disservice. Yes, they have not picked up a point at the Spanish champions but they could - and perhaps should - have done. That's four points from their opening two matches for the tiny Basque side on their top-flight debut.

FULL-TIME

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Diego Simeone springs up from his comfy seat in the Calderon seat, casting one last glance at the pitch before the referee blows his whistle for the final time. His team have won, not convincingly, and he looks ready to blow a fuse at them in the dressing room.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Three minutes of added time for Atletico to see out their opening La Liga win.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Then Simeone watches Eibar almost punish his team. Away forward Angel wriggles clear of the Atletico defence but scuffs his shot wide. Simeone blows out his cheeks in huge relief.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Five minutes of normal time left in the Vicente Calderon. That's where Spanish champions Atletico are nervously holding on to a 2-1 lead against minnows Eibar. Suspended boss Diego Simeone, sitting in the home stand, clings on to the chair in front of him and mutters something to himself as the clock runs down.

FULL-TIME

Roma 2-0 Fiorentina

And Gervinho's calm finish is the final touch of the match. Ashley Cole's beaming smile - plus the collective singing of the vocal home crowd - tells the story. The ex-England man and his new followers celebrate a hard-fought victory on his Roma debut.

GOAL

Roma 2-0 Fiorentina - Gervinho (90+3 mins)

Gervinho
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And that seals it! Gervinho keeps his composure - for the first time this evening - to kill off Fiorentina with Roma's second. He latches on to Radja Nainggolan's perfect throughball to round the Fiorentina keeper and slot in. Cue pandemonium inside the Stadio Olimpico.

YELLOW CARD

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Ashley Cole is three minutes away from a win on his Roma debut. That's the amount of time shown on the fourth official's electronic board. Cole also marks his first game with booking.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Roma boss Rudi Garcia urges his supporters to raise the volume as Roma edge closer to the finishing line. Adem Ljajic sends a low angled shot scurrying across the face of the Viola goal. Almost into stoppage time...

CLOSE!

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

All it needed was a touch.

Another superb set-piece delivery from Javi Lara and Eibar right-back Boveda needs the smallest glance in the six-yard box to level.

He is unable to find it and the ball floats wide of the far post. A sigh of relief for home fans. Boveda has his head in his hands. Diego Simeone's side are living dangerously here.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Fiorentina substitute Albert Aquilani - a name which sends shudders down the spines of Liverpool fans - tangles with Ashley Cole as the visitors break from the halfway line. Is there time for late drama? Not if Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis can help it. He flies out of his penalty area - Manuel Neuer-style - to snuff out a Fiorentina attack. Roma boss Rudi Garcia breathes a huge sigh of relief.....as does De Sanctis.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Eibar are making a fist of this one. Atletico, a team used to grinding out a win, are having to do the same - rather surprisingly - against the top-flight debutants. A set-piece looks their best bet of nabbing that all-important third goal as Diego Godin heads off target from Gabi's free-kick.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Ashley COle
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No mention of Ashley Cole for a while? I can only apologise. But that's because it has all been relatively straight forward for the ex-England man. As assured a display as you would expect from someone who has played at the very top level for years. Roma will need his experience in these final 10 minutes though - expect a Fiorentina onslaught.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Totti's departure might give renewed hope to Fiorentina because the veteran ran them ragged in the first half. Roma have lost their way a little in the last 10 minutes or so. But La Viola can't punish them as Juan Manuel Vargas swipes a pot-shot off target.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Another Roma substitution and it is a standing ovation for club legend Francesco Totti. What a reception as he leaves the field. The ex-Italy playmaker looks a little surprised, but he's got to rest those ageing legs...

CLOSE!

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Juanfran chases the ball for Atletico Madrid
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Eibar are in plucky mood and despite looking like they may get blown away when two down in the first half, have grown into this and are threatening.

Javi Lara whips a corner in and Atletico are at sixes and sevens to clear the ball. As champions you would expect them to have the know how to see this out but their newly-promoted opponents seemingly know no fear.

SUBSTITUTION

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Change for Roma. One new face - Kostas Manolas - is replaced by another as ex-Barcelona man Seydou Keita trots on for his debut.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

And Roma are nearly punished twice in a matter of seconds for Gervinho's profligacy. Keeper Morgan De Sanctis has hardly had anything to do but comes to the rescue with two brilliant saves. First, he somehow tips a stinging free-kick on to his crossbar before produced another class save moments later. Quality stuff.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

And - Arsenal fans won't be surprised to read - Gervinho wastes another golden opportunity moments later. The Roma man is put clean through, but takes a touch too many and shoots again straight at Murara Neto.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Could have been a goal of the season contender! Gervinho picks up the ball about 30 yards from the Fiorentina goal, jinks past a few white and purple shirts and finds himself staring into the eyes of away keeper Murara Neto. But the Brazilian stands tall to block the Ivorian's rising shot.

KICK-OFF

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Toot toot! That's the sound of the referee's whistle as the Vicente Calderon welcomes back the champions. Visitors Eibar restart the match.

Stat attack

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Spanish La Liga

Ten of Atletico Madrid's last 13 goals in La Liga have been headers.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Roma carry on where they left off before the half-time breather. Talisman Francesco Totti's clips in a free-kick which is met by Miralem Pjanic at the far post. But the Bosnian scuffs his volley at the far post and the visitors hack clear.

KICK-OFF

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

As one whistle goes in Spain, another goes across the Mediterranean Sea. The shrill in Rome's Stadio Olimpico is to signal the start of the second half. Game on.

HALF-TIME

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

Atletico 2-1 Eibar
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Atletico's opening home match of La Liga season appeared to plain sailing after headed goals from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic. But then little Eibar threw a huge spanner (potentially) in the works. Plenty for Atleti boss Diego Simeone - sat in the stands as he serves an eight-match ban - to chew over.

Juve start with win

Italian Serie A

Juventus win at Chievo
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Roma finished 17 points behind champions Juventus last season and don't want to slip three behind on the opening weekend.

Juve started their bid to win a fourth consecutive Serie A title with

a comfortable 1-0 win at Chievo earlier. The Old Lady lost manager Antonio Conte this summer but won dominantly in Massimiliano Allegri's first game.

Stat attack

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Roma's Radja Nainggolan had scored his last Serie A goal right against Fiorentina, back in April.

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Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

The end-to-end action shows no sign of letting up and this time it is Atletico forcing the issue.

Raul Garcia crafts space on the edge of the box, curls an effort goalwards and after a small deflection, Eibar keeper Xabi Irureta pulls out a stunning save.

He looked rooted but found spring from somewhere to keep his side in this. Around five minutes until the interval.

HALF-TIME

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Roma's Ashley Cole
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And that means it has been a comfortable evening for Ashley Cole. The ex-England man has rarely been threatened by Fiorentina down that left flank which he has patrolled with distinction for many a year.

HALF-TIME

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

A few of those flustered Fiorentina players are glad to hear that half-time whistle. As is Viola boss Vincenzo Montella who looks ready to explode as he marches down the Stadio Olimpico tunnel. Contrast that to the expressions on the Roma players.

They're delighted as they go for a sit down and quick massage. The Giallorossi have bossed this one.

GOAL

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar

A stunner of a strike from Eibar left-back Abraham.

He cuts in from the left side and as play opens up for him, bends an effort with his weaker right foot into the top corner.

Diego Simeone looks on from the stands and takes a sip of his drink. That goal was worth toasting. Eibar back in it.

Roma 1-0 Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

The clock is ticking down to half-time and we finally have a Fiorentina shot to tell you about. But it hardly troubles Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis, who comfortably gathers substitute Josip Ilicic's drilled effort.

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