Mkhitaryan scores on Roma debut

Author: Kwame Larweh
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his goal scoring account for Roma as his new side saw off Sassuolo in emphatic style at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was making his first start for Roma since sealing a loan move away from Arsenal in the summer transfer window and was teed up by Lorenzo Pellgirini to fire away beyond Consigli at his near post.

Strikes from Bryan Cristante, Edin Dzeko and Justin Kluivert gave Roma a huge four goal first half lead as Sassuolo faced an uphill task at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Neroverdi didn't let the game go without a fight, however. A Domenico Berardi free kick early in the second half was doubled by the midfielder as Sassuolo fought back.

Roma were able to stand firm to take all three points on a fantastic night for the Armenian international. That win takes Roma to seventh place in Serie A, having enjoyed a mixed start to the campaign. 

Mkhitaryan's former Manchester United team mate Chris Smalling did not make the bench for his new side.