Roma's open day/final friendly against Sevilla was as crazy as one would expect. The Giallorossi and their Spanish counterparts slotted home an amazing 10 goals, with Roma coming out on top 6-4 in their final rehearsal before the Serie A season kicks off next week. New boys Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah factored into several of the goals, while Francesco Totti capped off Roma's night with a firecracker of a penalty kick.
Rather than dissecting the performance—it was a friendly, after all—here are all six of Roma's goals, which hopefully portends an end to Roma's offensive woes in 2015
Edin Dzeko: 5th Minute
What a start! It's taken just 4 minutes for @EdDzeko to score on his #ASRoma debut! http://t.co/HOUBTKqrt9— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
Great touch and an absolute laser of a shot, tucked right into the upper corner, the only place it could have possibly scored. I can't really imagine a better debut goal for Dzeko.
Vasilis Torosidis: 8th Minute
It's going well at the Olimpico for #ASRoma! TOROSIDIS! 2-0 after 8 minutes http://t.co/IXP4fWfRIR— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
Torosidis took full advantage of the space offered to him by Sevilla, charging ahead and unleashing a pin point drive from 25 yards or so, beating the Sevilla keeper with ease. Toro is a solid player who occasionally surprises us with moments like those, so let's hope he sticks around; he's an ideal reserve.
Edin Dzeko 42nd Minute
1 game, 2 goals for @EdDzeko at #ASRoma! http://t.co/XUEbFqe1Dg— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
The Bosnian Batistuta struck again, capping off a lovely sequence of moves involving Miralem Pjanic and Mohamed Salah. Something tells me we'll see this trio quite a bit this season.
Radja Nainggolan: 44th Minute
It's 4-0 to #ASRoma against Sevilla FC at half-time. Here's the @OfficialRadja goal http://t.co/0EQEF68lWW— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
Radja increased Roma's lead to 4-0 as they headed into the dressing rooms, finding acres of space on the left flank where he slotted one home into the lower corner past the diving keeper.
Mohamed Salah: 56th Minute
A new #ASRoma hero! Salah scores on his debut at the Olimpico! 5-0 http://t.co/GBeOlp8unx— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
Salah found himself in the tightest of spaces but was able to settle the lobbed chip, take a quick touch and an even quicker glance at the goal before burying it home in the top shelf, giving Roma a comfortable 5-0 lead, though they would eventually give four of those back to Sevilla
And finally, Totti took center stage.
Francesco Totti: 63rd Minute
Totti scores... 6-0! #ASRoma http://t.co/yXgXWjI15g— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 14, 2015
We've seen this one a million times, right? Totti stepped up and absolutely punished the ball, slamming it into the top corner, capping off Roma's six pack, and all with his son on the sidelines. How sweet.
Given the tumult and anxiety we've experienced with Roma's transfer market this summer, it was nice to finally see the semi-finished product on the pitch, and if today's performance was any indication, the speed surrounding Edin Dzeko should make Roma quite formidable this season.
Now, about that defense...