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AS Roma Held, Fiorentina Win As Serie A Starts Awaiting Fans | Football News

AS Roma settled for a goalless draw of their Serie A opener at Hellas Verona on Saturday with Gaetano Castrovilli scoring in a 1-0 win for Fiorentina in opposition to Torino behind closed doorways earlier than the return of a restricted variety of followers to stadiums 24 hours later. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has agreed that as much as 1,000 spectators might be allowed at open-air sports activities occasions in Italy from Sunday. And nine-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus stated they might kick off their season in opposition to Sampdoria “in the presence of a 1,000 guests” in Turin.

“No tickets will be sold for the match and we ask Juventus fans not to go to the Allianz Stadium in order to avoid creating any gatherings outside the stadium,” they stated in a press release.

Parma and Sassuolo have additionally stated they are going to open their grounds for matches in opposition to Napoli and Cagliari.

“Access will only be possible by invitation.. to sponsors, who have shown great support lately,” Parma stated.

On the pitch, Roma’s marketing campaign bought off to a sluggish begin below the brand new possession of US billionaire Dan Friedkin, with final yr’s fifth-place outfit settling for a degree.

Bosnia ahead Edin Dzeko was left on the bench for the facet from the capital amid stories he’s set for a transfer to Juventus.

Paulo Fonseca began in Verona with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and summer season arrival Pedro.

At first dominating, the Romans had been quickly put below stress by Verona with Antonio Mirante deflecting an Adrien Tameze shot over the bar simply earlier than the break.

The submit once more saved the Roma goalkeeper from a Federico Dimarco effort with ten minutes to go, whereas Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola additionally rattled the submit after 85 minutes.

“We can’t say that it would have been any different with Dzeko,” stated Fonseca whose facet host Juventus of their second recreation subsequent weekend.

“We had a very good first half, missing four or five goals. Then in the second half we made a lot of mistakes.

“Had we scored within the first half it might have modified every little thing.”

In Florence, Franck Ribery wore Fiorentina captain’s armband for the first match of the new campaign.

New Torino coach Marco Giampaolo could thank goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu for keeping his side in the game pulling off two quickfire saves on Ivorian Christian Kouame just before the break.


The breakthrough got here within the 78th minute when Federico Chiesa teed up Castrovilli to beat Sirigu.

Torino captain Andrea Belotti thought he had grabbed a degree deep into damage time however was dominated offside.

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