Andrea Belotti finally scored his first league goals for Roma but they weren’t enough to help José Mourinho’s team win its Serie A opener after it was held 2-2 by Salernitana on Sunday.
It could have been worse for Roma as it appeared to be heading for a loss following two impressive goals from Antonio Candreva before Belotti netted a late equalizer.
The hosts were ahead within 17 minutes when Belotti found the back of the net, though Salternitana’s Antonio Candreva secured a brace in less than ten minutes to put them in front.
Belotti, who previously helped Italy secure a win at the 2020 , led his team to share the points at full time after a 82nd minute goal levelled the scoreboard.
Roma remain unbeaten at home to Salternitana in , though city rival Lazio also dropped points as two late goals saw it lose 2-1 at Lecce. Juventus won 3-0 at Udinese, while Atalanta beat Sassuolo 2-0.
Belotti, who previously helped Italy secure a win at the 2020 European Championships, secured a brace which shared the points after his 82nd minute goal levelled the scoreboard
The hosts were ahead within 17 minutes when Belotti found the back of the net, though Salternitana’s Antonio Candreva secured a brace in less than ten minutes to put them in front
Mourinho was suspended for the match at the Stadio Olimpico as was star Roma forward Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
That saw Belotti given a rare start and he thought he had finally netted his first league goal for Roma – after a year at the club – but his seventh-minute strike was ruled out by the video assistant referee for a tight offside decision.
However, Belotti didn’t have to wait much longer as barely 10 minutes later he brought down Diego Llorente’s ball over the top, rounded Salernitana defender Norbert Gyömbér and beat Guillermo Ochoa from 12 yards.
Ochoa pulled off a great save in the 33rd minute to prevent Roma from doubling its lead as he kept out Chris Smalling’s header from close range.
And Salernitana equalized three minutes later. Candreva started the action near the halfway line and then burst forward, collected a pass from Federico Fazio and turned Smalling inside out before firing into the roof of the net.
Candreva’s second goal, four minutes after the break, was even more impressive as the 36-year-old controlled a cross-field pass and twisted his way past Bryan Cristante to curl a precise and powerful strike into the top far corner.
Salernitana appeared to be heading for a first-ever win over Roma before Belotti headed in a corner with eight minutes remaining.
Former Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo – who left the Serie A giants to join Galatasaray,