(Assist: Tammy Abraham)
(Assist: Lorenzo Pellegrini)
Paulo Dybala opened his Roma account in sensational fashion this evening, leading the Giallorossi past Monza for the capital club’s third league victory of the season.
The Argentine secured a first half brace before Roger Ibañez added a third in the second half to sink Giovanni Stroppa’s side, who suffer their fourth straight defeat and remain winless in the early season.
Roma on the other hand improved their league record to 3 wins, 1 draw, and 0 losses—putting them at the top of the table for the time being.
It took the Giallorossi just over a quarter of an hour to take the lead thanks to marquee signing Dybala. The former Juve man found the back of the net and finished off Tammy Abraham’s headed assist.
The hosts continued to threaten Monza’s goal as Abraham and Lorenzo Pellegrini nearly added to their advantage.
In the 31st minute, Dybala secured a brace, scoring with his right foot and giving Roma a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
Following the break, Roma’s effectiveness on set pieces came in handy when Ibañez headed home Lorenzo Pellegrini’s cross following a corner.
Down 3-0, Monza’s Patrick Ciurria nearly got on the scoresheet but his left footed shot from outside the box was saved by Rui Patricio. Midfielder José Machín also had an opportunity to score for the visitors but his shot rattled the crossbar.
With only ten minutes remaining, Roma boss Jose Mourinho handed new transfer signing Andrea Belotti his club debut. Il Gallo, who joined the club as a free agent, almost scored a fourth for the capital club.
He connected well on a cross from Leonardo Spiniazzola but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Michele Di Gregorio.
The capital club will be back in action on Sunday, traveling away to face Udinese.