M. De Sanctis
Hardly given a single task in the opening period and had to wait to the opening minutes of the second half when he had to get behind a Valero effort. Pulled off a wonder stop to keep the scores level in the second period when Babacar had the goal at his mercy.
Fiorentina's attempts to kick him off the park early on didn't dissuade him from positioning himself high up the pitch as he seemed intent on joining his team-mates on the attack.
Not outshone by any means on the opposite flank by debutant Cole. Looked just as hungry going forward and actually delivered more telling crosses, timing his runs well and attacking the space in behind Fiorentina.
Rushed into the first team for his debut following his move from Olympiakos, the Greek defender proved himself a natural fit to life in Serie A. Dealt with the strength of Gomez and didn't give the German an inch, a dispaly that was rightly awarded with a standing ovation when subbed in the second half.
A tidy display from the Italian as he kept new boy Manolas in check - although that wouldn't have been much work. Didn'e let Gomez out of his sight, although Babacar sometimes escaped his attentions.
Was Roma's main man for so much of last season but may have competition for top dog billing following the arrival of Iturbe, who impressed on his debut. Still managed to produce moments of magic but didn't have his usual decisive input.
D. De Rossi
Eager to control the match for his side from the early stages, he dropped deep to pick up the ball and more often than not found the right pass to get his team on the front foot.
Picked his position well throughout the game to mop up loose balls in the middle of the park, exemplified perfectly when he strode on to the loose ball to slam home the rebound from Gervinho's effort. Kept the Roma engine ticking.
Proved a thorn in the side of Fiorentina all evening and would have happily been anyone's man of the match - had his finishing been present. The Ivorian constantly got into great positions but missed chance after chance, potentially jeopardising his side's victory. Made amends late on though with a cool finish.
A new season, same old Francesco. Roma's general was at the heart of the host's attacks, taking up shooting positions in and around the Fiorentina area. Still quick to throw himself into confrontation and picked up his customary booking for heated exchange with Rodriguez.
A promising debut for the Argentine after plenty of questions were asked of him following his move from Porto. He continuously tormented Alonso down the flank with his
Despite the dominance of the opponents in the opening period he had little to do other than pick the ball out of his net following Nainggolan's fiinish. Proved much more important in the second period as he made two smart stops from Gervinho to keep his side in the game.
As the facemask suggested, the defender wasn't afraid to put his head in anywhere and could be found all over the field as Fiorentina searched for a way back into the game. Made some telling interceptions and even took on Totti in a heated exchange - but did come away with a caution as a result.
Looks set to stay with La Viola despite interest from Sunderland to take him back on a permanent basis this season. On this viewing Montella may be having second thoughts on keeping him as he was run ragged by Iturbe down Roma's right flank all evening.
Didn't look too comfortable dealing with Roma's attacking threat when it came into a central position in the final third. Dived in with some rash challenges, earning him a booking a bringing some unwanted pressure on his own goal.
Got forward as regularly as he could for the visitors and his movement down the right was often intelligent - picking his moments to utilise Cole's runs out of position. Couldn't deliver at telling cross though despite a couple of promising positions.
Produced the first shot of the game but the less said the better as he dragged his effort well wide. Struggled in a midfield that couldn't deal with Roma's fluidity in the opening half and could easily have been the man to give way before the break. Eventually was substituted in the second period.
Made the fall guy by Montella as he was taken off well before the break as Fiorentina struggled to cope with wave upon wave of Roma attack. In truth he did little to help his side in a midfield battle they were woefully ill-equipped for.
Like his team-mates in the centre of the park, was chasing shadows for much of the opening period as Roma dominated. The change from Montella gave the visitors more stability and Pizarro was key in distributing the ball up to the front as they searched for a way back into the game.
Given a great chance at the beginning of the second period to get his side into the game but sent his effort straight into the arms of De Sanctis. Didn't look composed on the ball and rushed a lot of his play as the clock ticked down.
Starved of service in a frustrating first half for La Viola, only one Valero pass threatened to fall within 5 metres of the striker. Never got into the game.
Looked a menace when he got on the ball, but this was all too rare an occasion for the visitors. Had a great chance to level for his side but was denied from six-yards by a great De Sanctis safe.
Brought on in the centre of the park, oversaw recycling of the ball which kept Fiorentina on the front foot for the majority of the latter stages.
Came on and gave the visitors a much needed boost. Smashed the bar with a free kick and could have been the key to getting his side back in the game but poor decision making robbed him of that chance.
Came on to give Fiorentina width. Dragged a shot into the sidenetting but couldn't find the killer cross.