Kolarov nets as Roma beat Atalanta in Serie A

Aleksandar Kolarov ensured Eusebio Di Francesco made a winning start to life as Roma's new head coach by firing the Giallorossi to a 1-0 victory at Atalanta.

Aleksandar Kolarov Eusebio Di Francesco Roma Atalanta

Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates after netting at Atalanta Source: AAP

The northern summer signing from Manchester City steered home a 31st-minute free-kick that secured all three points for last season's runners-up.

Atalanta made an unexpected run to fourth place - and UEFA Europa League football - last term but the Bergamo outfit could not avoid defeat as substitute Josip Ilicic failed to salvage a point when he slammed the ball against a post with three minutes remaining.

Francesco Totti, who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 campaign after 24 years as a Roma player, watched from the stands in his new role as a director.

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Published 21 August 2017 at 4:10am
Source: PA Sport