ROME (Reuters) – Sergio Oliveira scored a penalty on his AS Roma debut as Jose Mourinho’s aspect ended a three-match winless run by beating relegation battling Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Portuguese midfielder Oliveira, who joined the capital membership on mortgage from Porto on Wednesday, calmly transformed a spot kick within the thirty second minute following a Dalbert handball.
Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened a second for the hosts after the break, however the most effective probability fell to Cagliari when Joao Pedro’s close-range shot was pushed onto the bar by Rui Patricio 5 minutes from time.
It was Roma’s first win in nearly a month, after choosing up one level from three video games, and took Mourinho’s aspect as much as sixth place on 35 factors, six behind Juventus in fifth.
Cagliari’s bid to keep away from the drop was boosted by back-to-back wins firstly of the yr, however they had been with out 11 gamers attributable to accidents, COVID-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties for his or her journey to the capital, and defeat left them 18th with 16 factors.
Elsewhere, Luis Nani obtained an help two minutes into his debut for Venezia, coming off the bench to arrange David Okereke’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw against midtable Empoli.
Antonin Barak scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win for Hellas Verona at Sassuolo that took Igor Tudor’s aspect above their hosts into the highest half of the desk.
(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Toby Davis)