After becoming the most expensive transfer in Italian football history, Gonzalo Higuain showed his value by coming off the bench to score the winner in Juventus' 2-1 win Saturday over Fiorentina on the opening day of Serie A.
ROME (AP) — After becoming the most expensive transfer in Italian football history,
Higuain, who came up from Napoli in a 90-million euro ($99-million) deal, scored from a tight angle after a shot from
In Turin, Khedira had put Juventus ahead with a header from the center of the area midway through the first half, meeting a cross from
Fiorentina was unable to produce a single shot in the first half but
Five minutes later, Higuain was celebrating and the
Higuain scored 36 times for Napoli last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record for goals scored in a single season.
Former Barcelona winger
Having also signed crafty playmaker
Few observers expect Juventus to be challenged in Serie A, where it is attempting to win a record sixth consecutive title.
Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won more than five straight tittles.
Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to
"It was really important to win and start well so we can approach the Porto match serenely," Perotti said.
Perotti's first spot kick came in the 65th after
Perotti played a part in drawing the second penalty, sending a through ball to
Dzeko made it 3-0 from close range with his ninth Serie A goal in the 82nd and Salah finished things off two minutes later after taking a long pass from Perotti.
Roma has finished in the top three positions of the Italian league each of the last three seasons and is looking to take home a trophy this campaign.
Since joining Roma midway through last season, Perotti has scored five goals and provided seven assists in 16 Serie A appearances. More is expected of the Argentine this season after Pjanic's departure.
Rested at the start with the Porto match in mind, Perotti replaced
"I feel great with Roma. I feel the confidence of my teammates and the entire club," Perotti said. "I'm always thinking about helping the squad, even off of the bench."
Salah and Dzeko produced several early chances before a sparse crowd at the
Dzeko had a tough time settling in at Roma last season after a prolific spell at