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Roma Thrashes Zaglebie Lubin In First Game Of US Tour

AS Roma romped to a 4-0 win over Zaglebie Lubin of Poland in an international exhibition match at Wrigley Field. In front of a crowd of over 22,000, the Serie A side set up the easy victory by scoring all four goals in a 40-minute spell in the first half.

Roma’s first goal came in the first minute, when Pablo Daniel Osvaldo found the net after a cross from Bojan Krkic. Panagiotis Tachtsidis scored in the 19th minute, Erik Lamela in the 30th and Krkic in the 43rd.

‘‘Not happy with the game [we] played,’’ Roma coach Zdenek

‘‘We were good enough to convert the first three chances that we had, but as far as the game is concerned, I’m not really satisfied with it. But we have to, of course, take into account that it was a very hot day. The team has been working hard over the last few weeks, but we scored some good goals, and that’s a good thing.’’

U.S.-born midfielder Michael Bradley, who wasn’t made available for comment after the game,  appeared at ease in his second game with Roma after transferring to the team July 15.

Roma captain Francesco Totti also hit the post with a right-footed shot in the 71st minute but the second half did see Zaglebie Lubin carve out several chances of their own on the counter-attack.

Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s diving save to deny Darvydas Sernas a goal was a particularly good chance squandered by the Poles.

Roma’s 4-3-3 formation certainly gave them the attacking boost that they were looking for, but they left themselves wide open to counter-attacks, something that a better side than Lubin will be able to take advantage of.

Up next for Roma is a trip to Boston where they will meet Liverpool at Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday.