Two second-half goals hand the visitors a shock 2-1 win at Stadio Olimpico, and give the big-spending capital club a far from ideal start to the season
Luis Enrique's reign as Roma coach got off to the worse possible start this afternoon, as second-half strikes from Daniele Conti and El Kabir gave Cagliari a surprise 2-1 win in the capital.
The visitors, despite spending much of the match on the back foot, struck twice to give the Spanish boss a nightmare start in Serie A, with Daniele De Rossi's late goal proving no more than a consolation.
Francesco Totti once again was at the heart of everything that Roma did well, winning possession, and attempting through balls. However, new signings Osvaldo and Bojan looked isolated as the wide men in a front three and were ineffectual throughout much of the half.
Roma was then hit with a sucker punch in the second half. Alessandro Agostini fired in a cross from the left-hand side, finding Conti who, against his old club, struck from 10 yards out to give Cagliari a 1-0 lead.
Things were to get even worse for the home side just two minutes later. Full-back Jose Angel, lost the ball inside Cagliari's area and lashed out at Davide Astori, receiving a straight red card from the referee.
Fabio Borini correctly had a goal disallowed for offside with 10 minutes remaining, but other than that, Roma failed to put any pressure on the visitors in the dying moments. And with one minute remaining, El Kabir doubled Cagliari's lead, smashing the ball into the far corner.
De Rossi then made the scoreline slightly more respectable with the last kick of the game; pouncing on a loose ball in the box after a Totti free-kick. But the damage was done, and Luis Enrique has been left with much to think about ahead of his side's next match.