Roma 1-0 Cremonese: Chris Smalling’s header sees off Serie A new boys to make it two wins from two for Jose Mourinho’s side as they climb up to third
- Roma beat Cremonese 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to go third in the Serie A table
- The hosts managed 12 shots on target in the game versus Cremonese’s three
- Former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling then scored on 65 minutes
- The centre-back converted from a Lorenzo Pellegrini cross to secure the victory
- Jose Mourinho’s Europa Conference champions have now won both their games
- Roma have now also won each of their last four matches against Cremonese
Chris Smalling’s 65th minute header gave Roma a 1-0 win over Cremonese at the Stadio Olimpico to give the Giallorossi their second win from two in the 2022-23 Serie A season.
The former Fulham and Manchester United defender converted from a Lorenzo Pellegrini ball at the back post to give the Romans their fourth consecutive win over Cremonese as they leap frog the likes of AC Milan, Atalanta and Lazio to sit third in the table.
The win also makes Jose Mourinho only the third Roma manager since the introduction of the three-point win to record back-to-back opening victories in successive seasons, after Luciano Spalletti and Rudi Garcia.
Chris Smallling’s header in the 65th minute gave Roma a 1-0 victory over Cremonese
The English central defender headed home at the back post from a Lorenzo Pellegrini cross
The home side had warmed up in shirts alluding to new signing Georginio Wijnaldum’s leg injury which is set to keep him out for several months, as Mourinho chose the same side that beat Salernitana 1-0 in their opening fixture.
Jose Mourinho Roma’s third manager to win both opening games in successive seasons
Roma proved to be venomous when counter-attacking against the newly-promoted side, and goalkeeper Ionut Radu, on loan from Inter, was called upon to make several key saves to keep the sides level early on.
And the Giallo Rossi suffered the first real blow after Nicolo Zaniolo was taken off the field before the interval after a prolonged period of treatment on the pitch, which is thought to be for a dislocated shoulder.
And the visitors almost got the breakthrough after the restart, with Rui Patricio beaten as Cyriel Dessers’ striker cannoned off the woodwork, before Smallings’ opener just after the hour mark.
The visitors almost clinched a point in the dying seconds of the game when Charles Pickel’s superb volley struck the crossbar, but the Europa Conference League champions had enough to hold on.
The three points give the Giallorossi their fourth consecutive win over their opponents