Midfielder Sergio Oliveira was all smiles in his post match interview after his debut goal secured Roma a 1-0 victory against Cagliari.
Despite completing his transfer from Porto less than three days ago, Jose Mourinho immediately inserted the Portuguese international into Roma’s starting formation.
It didn’t take long for the veteran to repay the faith shown in him thanks Roma being awarded a penalty early in the first half.
With captain Lorenzo Pellegrini out, Oliveira was the designated penalty taker for the capital club. After stepping up to the spot, the midfielder hammered the ball past Cagliari shot-stopper Alessio Cragno, scoring the only goal of the match.
“The truth is I really, really wanted to win this game,” he admitted to DAZN.
“It’s just a shame that the number of supporters was limited due to the COVID restrictions, but we’re already thinking about the next match.”
He continued, “Lorenzo (Pellegrini) is the elected penalty-taker but we agreed that I would be the backup. Since he was injured during pre-match, I was the one who got to take it.”
“I’m glad to have scored, but I’m especially happy that we won. We just need to take things one game at a time.”