Roma sent messages of support to their injured teammate Georginio Wijnaldum before and during their narrow 1-0 Serie A victory against the newly promoted Cremonese.
The Roma players wore shirts bearing “Forza Gini” as they warmed up and Chris Smalling also held up a Roma jersey with Wijnaldum’s name and number after scoring the only goal of the game.
Wijnaldum, who was signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain this month, fractured his tibia during a training session on Sunday. There was a further injury blow for José Mourinho’s side just before half-time when Nicolò Zaniolo was carried off on stretcher with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury. However, after the game he posted on Instagram: “For those who hoped it was something bad … I will see you in three weeks.”
Both sides had several chances to take the lead and the Cremonese goalkeeper Ionu Radu pulled off a number of impressive saves.
The visiting team went agonisingly close shortly after the break when Cyriel Dessers’s effort crashed off the crossbar. Dessers also sent two acrobatic overhead kicks narrowly past the post.
Roma hit the woodwork too when Radu tipped Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot onto the bar, but the hosts broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when a corner was floated in from the left and Smalling headed in at the back post.
Cremonese almost levelled in stoppage time as Charles Pickel’s volley clipped the outside of the right upright.
Juventus were held to a 0-0 draw at Sampdoria after Adrien Rabiot’s second-half effort was ruled out by VAR for offside.
The Turin side thought they had finally opened the scoring when Rabiot turned a pass from Dusan Vlahovic into the net in the 65th minute only to have the goal disallowed.
Juventus’s Juan Cuadrado could have found an unmarked Vlahovic in the 15th minute after stealing the ball from the defender Tommaso Augello but decided to shoot and his effort was saved.
Mehdi Léris had Sampdoria’s only attempt on goal in the seventh minute after a cross cut through the Juventus defence and reached him in the middle of the box but the midfielder hit the woodwork after the goalkeeper Mattia Perin deflected his effort.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus’s manager, told DAZN: “We have not conceded goals in two games. In the first half Sampdoria’s game was good while we did good things in the second half. Unfortunately there is something in football that should not be done and that is running backwards.”
Juventus, who have four points, host Roma on Saturday while Sampdoria – who are on one point – travel to Salernitana on Sunday.
In La Liga, Cristhian Stuani’s low finish set Girona on their way to a 3-1 win against 10-man Getafe. The Uruguay striker drilled the hosts into the lead, before Domingos Duarte’s own goal put Girona two goals to the good.
Valentin Castellanos effectively killed the game just past the hour, firing in Girona’s third effort after latching on to Yangel Herrera’s through-ball.
Enes Ünal had seen a goal for Getafe chalked off by VAR just minutes earlier. Ünal did find the net for a goal that counted in the final quarter, however, drilling home in what only proved a consolation. In the seventh minute of added time Fabrizio Angileri was sent off for Getafe, compounding a tough night for the visitors.
Almeria shook off a red card for Álex Centelles to grind out a 1-1 draw at Elche. Umar Sadiq headed Almeria into an early lead, the Nigeria forward converting Lucas Robertone’s cross. Alex Collado drilled Elche back level on the half-hour, though, after being found by Roger Martí’s pass.
Centelles was sent off two minutes later, leaving Almeria to battle the majority of the match a man light. However, the visitors clung on, with both sides claiming their first point of the season.