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2021-22 Italian Serie A
  • Antonín Barák (49')
  • Gianluca Caprari (54')
  • Davide Faraoni (63')
  • Lorenzo Pellegrini (36')
  • Ivan Ilić (58' OG)

Mourinho suffers first defeat as Roma boss in loss to Verona

Roma boss Jose Mourinho gives instructions to players during a Serie A match against Hellas Verona. Getty Images

Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat since returning to coach in Italy as his AS Roma side were beaten 3-2 by Hellas Verona in a thrilling Serie A encounter on Sunday.

A stunning volley from Verona captain Marco Faraoni proved decisive, ending Roma's 100% start to the Serie A season while earning his side their first win of the campaign.

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Roma appeared to be on course for another three points in the pouring Veneto rain after Lorenzo Pellegrini had given the visitors a halftime lead with a sublime back-heel flick.

However, the game swung in the home side's favour early in the second half as goals from Antonin Barak and Gianluca Caprari edged Verona 2-1 in front.

Ivan Ilic's own goal as he beat Roma striker Tammy Abraham to a cross levelled things up in the 58th minute, before Verona again took the lead five minutes later through Faraoni.

Roma piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but Mourinho's men were left frustrated to sit second in the standings on nine points, with third-placed AC Milan playing Juventus later on Sunday.

"We didn't play very well, we didn't adapt well to their way of playing." Mourinho told DAZN. "We lost many individual duels. I need the videos, I need a few hours to better understand what happened."

Verona moved out of the bottom three and up to 14th as new coach Igor Tudor got off to winning start after replacing Eusebio Di Francesco in midweek.

Italian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS

Italian Serie A Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 AC Milan 37 +35 83
2 Internazionale 37 +49 81
3 Napoli 37 +40 76
4 Juventus 36 +22 69
5 Lazio 36 +19 62
6 AS Roma 37 +13 60
7 Fiorentina 36 +9 59
8 Atalanta 37 +18 59
9 Hellas Verona 37 +6 52
10 Torino 37 +8 50
11 Sassuolo 37 +1 50
12 Udinese 37 -1 44
13 Bologna 37 -12 43
14 Empoli 37 -21 38
15 Spezia 37 -27 36
16 Sampdoria 36 -17 33
17 Salernitana 37 -41 31
18 Cagliari 37 -34 29
19 Genoa 37 -32 28
20 Venezia 37 -35 26