Roma 1-0 Cagliari: New signing Sergio Oliveira makes an instant impact as he scores from the spot after Dalbert’s handball to end a three-game losing streak for Jose Mourinho’s side
- Portuguese midfielder Oliveira joined Roma on loan from Porto on Wednesday
- He calmly converted a kick in the 32nd minute following a handball from Dalbert
- Roma’s first win in nearly a month lifted the hosts to sixth place with 35 points
Sergio Oliveira scored a penalty on his AS Roma debut as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a three-match winless streak by beating relegation to Cagliari 1-0 in Serie A on Sunday.
Portuguese midfielder Oliveira, who joined the capital club on loan from Porto on Wednesday, quietly converted a free kick in the 32nd minute following a handball from Dalbert.
Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened a second for the hosts after the break, but the best chance came to Cagliari when Joao Pedro’s close-range shot was driven over the bar by Rui Patricio five minutes from time.
Roma ended a three-game winless streak by beating struggling Cagliari on Sunday
Sergio Oliveira, on loan from Porto, calmly converted a free kick in the 32nd minute
It was Roma’s first win in nearly a month, having picked up one point from three games, and lifted Mourinho’s side into sixth place on 35 points, six behind Juventus in fifth.
Cagliari’s bid to stave off the drop was boosted by back-to-back wins at the start of the year, but they were without 11 players due to injuries, COVID-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties for their trip to the capital, and defeat left them 18th with 16 points.
Elsewhere, Luis Nani got an assist two minutes into his debut for Venezia, coming off the bench to equalize David Okereke in a 1-1 draw with mid-table Empoli.
Antonin Barak scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win for Hellas Verona at Sassuolo that lifted Igor Tudor’s side above their hosts in the top half of the table.
Roma striker Tammy Abraham retains Charis Lykogiannis and Alessandro Deiola