Match ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 0.
Ashley Cole made his Roma debut as last season's Serie A runners-up began the new season with a hard-fought win against visitors Fiorentina.
Ex-Chelsea left-back Cole, who joined the Giallorossi on a free transfer, was rarely threatened as Roma led through Radja Nainggolan's half-volley.
The visitors improved after half-time, forcing Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis into three excellent saves.
Roma sealed victory with the last kick of the game through Gervinho's strike.
The ex-Arsenal player had been wasteful in front of goal before finally putting the game beyond Fiorentina, who finished fourth in Serie A last season.
Victory meant Roma - who finished 17 points behind Juventus last season - maintained pace with the reigning champions on the opening weekend of the Italian top-flight.
Juve, under new boss Massimiliano Allegri, started their bid to win a fourth consecutive Serie A title with a comfortable 1-0 win at Chievo.
- 26De Sanctis
- 35TorosidisBooked at 72mins
- 44ManolasSubstituted forKeitaat 67'minutes
- 23AstoriBooked at 57mins
- 3ColeBooked at 87mins
- 16De Rossi
- 7IturbeSubstituted forLjajicat 77'minutes
- 10TottiBooked at 23minsSubstituted forFlorenziat 70'minutes
- 1Murara Neto
- 2RodríguezBooked at 23mins
- 15SavicBooked at 23mins
- 28AlonsoBooked at 54mins
- 25BrillanteSubstituted forIlicicat 35'minutes
- 20Valero Iglesias
- 6VargasSubstituted forAquilaniat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 30BabacarSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 63'minutes
- 17Sánchez Rodríguez
- Marco Guida
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Roma 2, Fiorentina 0.
Goal! Roma 2, Fiorentina 0. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan with a through ball.
Attempt blocked. Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seydou Keita.
Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).
Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nenad Tomovic.
Attempt blocked. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.
Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Stefan Savic (Fiorentina).
Ashley Cole (Roma) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt blocked. Adem Ljajic (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gervinho with a cross.
Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).
Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).
Mario Gomez (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Josip Ilicic (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alberto Aquilani.
Offside, Fiorentina. Stefan Savic tries a through ball, but Joaquín is caught offside.
Offside, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.