Roma thrash Empoli 7-0

Roma beat Empoli 7-0 to win the first Serie A match of the season.

Romelu Lukaku, who joined on loan from Chelsea at the beginning of the season, scored his first goal for Roma with a composed finish.

The home side established a comfortable lead in the first half with a goal from Paolo Dybala from the penalty spot before Renato Sanches doubled the lead with a header. An own-goal by Alberto Grassi in the 38th minute made 3-0.

Ten minutes into the second half Dybala made it 5-0 with a classy goal and also hit the crossbar with a free-kick.

With eleven minutes remaining on the clock Bryan Cristante scored from long range for Roma to make it 6-0.

And Gianluca Mancini added another goal with a header to complete the 7-0 rout. Roma had been facing criticism due to their poor form in the early part of the season, which was attributed to injuries to key players like Chris Smalling, Houssem Aouar, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Tammy Abraham.

Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun made his debut for Roma in this match, replacing Lukaku late in the game.

The 7-0 win matched the record margin of victory in a modern Serie A match, with eight previous teams achieving the same scoreline since 1994.

The Giallorossi had previously won 8-0 against Napoli and 9-0 against Cremonese in the past, but the overall top-flight record remains Torino’s 10-0 win at home to Alessandria in May 1948.

And the win takes pressure off manager Jose Mourinho, who came under scrutiny due to the team’s poor performance before this match.

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