Trabzonspor 1-2 Roma: Jose Mourinho gets off to winning start as boss of Italian outfit as Lorenzo Pellegrini and Eldor Shomurodov give Serie A side 2-1 victory in Turkey in the first leg of Europa Conference League play-off
- Roma took the lead after Lorenzo Pellegrini volleyed home at the back post
- Marek Hamsik tested Rui Patricio before Trabzonspor drew level at home
- Andreas Cornelius rose above Gianluca Mancini to nod in Bruno Peres’ cross
- But Eldor Shomurodov netted after Gianluca Mancini’s header hit the upright
Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Roma ended in victory as goals from Lorenzo Pellegrini and Eldor Shomurodov saw them beat Trabzonspor in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a goal disallowed on 25 minutes for handball, but the former Arsenal and Manchester United star set up Italy midfielder Pellegrini to volley home and net the first goal of the Mourinho tenure.
Former Napoli star Marek Hamsik tested new Roma signing Rui Patricio from distance but the Turkish side rang the changes in the second half, which saw Andreas Cornelius equalise with his first touch.
Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge of Roma ended in victory against Trabzonspor
Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a goal disallowed but the former Arsenal man set up the opener
His pass was met by Lorenzo Pellegrini, who volleyed home the first goal of the Mourinho era
Trabzonspor: Ugurcan Cakir; Bruno Peres, Edgar Ie, Vitor Hugo, Koybasi (Trondsen 63); Hamsik, Ozdemir (Omur 77), Bakasetas; Gervinho (Cornelius 63), Djaniny (Koita 83), Nwakaeme
Booked: Peres, le
Goals: Cornelius 64
Roma: Rui Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Ibanez, Vina; Cristante, Veretout (Diawara 90); Zaniolo (Reynolds 93), Pellegrini (Kumbulla 90), Mkhitaryan (Perez 82); Shomurodov (Mayoral 82)
Goals: Pellegrini 55, Shomurodov 81
Referee: Matej Jug
The former Cardiff City striker rose above Gianluca Mancini to nod in Bruno Peres’ cross from the right, although there we claims the Brazilian was in an offside position when he received the ball before crossing.
Mourinho’s men were taken aback by the equaliser and former Wolves goalkeeper Patricio had to be on hand to save twice from Anthony Nwakaeme.
But Mourinho’s men would not be denied their victory despite their slight wobble.
Gianluca Mancini managed a header from a corner, only for it to come off the woodwork before Shomurodov reacted fastest to the rebound.
The second leg of the play-off will be at the Stadio Olimpico next Thursday.
Trabzonspor substitute Andreas Cornelius (R) headed home an equaliser with his first touch
But Eldor Shomurodov restored their lead after reacting quickest to Gianluca Mancini’s header hitting the bar