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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 44,353) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Guida

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Gervinho (90+3)

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Gervinho helps Roma cause

Last Updated: 30/08/14 10:48pm

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Gervinho celebrates his goal

Gervinho celebrates his goal

Roma came through an early test of their Scudetto credentials on the opening day of the 2014-15 Serie A season to beat Fiorentina 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Radja Nainggolan and ex-Arsenal man Gervinho scored either side of half time to get Rudi Garcia's side off the mark with three points at the first time of asking.

Last year's runners-up handed competitive debuts to new recruits Ashley Cole, Juan Manuel Iturbe and Davide Astori as they try to overhaul the 17-point gap Juventus had at the top of the table last year.

Meanwhile, Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina handed a first start to Joshua Brillante but were without Giuseppe Rossi, who is out with a knee injury, as they set about trying to improve last year's fourth-placed finish.

It took the Giallorossi 28 minutes to finally break Fiorentina's resolve, with Nainggolan threading a fine through ball to send Gervinho racing into the box.

The former Gunner unleashed a powerful shot towards goal that Viola keeper Neto did well to palm away, but Nainggolan was first to react and smashed the rebound past Neto from just inside the box.

Nainggolan and Gervinho continued to cause problems and they combined again in the dying moments to make the scoreline a bit more impressive.

The Belgian midfielder once again sent Gervinho scampering in behind Fiorentina's stretched backline, but this time the Ivory Coast forward did it all himself, showing good strength to hold off a defender before rounding Neto and stroking home into an empty net.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 11 21
4 Sampdoria 11 20
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 11 17
8 Udinese 11 17
9 Inter Milan 11 16
10 Verona 11 14
11 Fiorentina 11 13
12 Palermo 11 13
13 Sassuolo 11 12
14 Torino 11 12
15 Atalanta 12 10
16 Cagliari 11 10
17 Empoli 11 10
18 Chievo 11 8
19 Cesena 11 7
20 Parma 11 6

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