Dzeko stars as Roma run riot in Champions League
ROME – An Edin Dzeko hat-trick helped AS Roma to a resounding 5-0 victory against Viktoria Plzen at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Bosnian striker made an immediate impact in the game, putting a clinical finish into the bottom-right corner of the net, having been played through by left-back Alexsander Kolarov. He added a second just before half-time, as Roma dominated the first 45 minutes.
There was no let up for the Czech side after the break, as Cenzig Ünder added a third. Just 10 minutes later, son of football legend Patrick Kluivert, Justin, became Roma’s youngest champions league goalscorer, his first strike for the club. In celebration, the summer signing from Ajax held up a shirt with the name of former team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed and suffered brain damage earlier in the year.
In added time, Dzeko finished off his hat-trick with a neat header from a Roma corner, becoming the first Roma player to score three in a Champions League fixture.
The comprehensive victory brings Roma level on points with Real Madrid in their group, as the Spanish side suffered a shock defeat against CSKA Moscow.
Another hat-trick in Turin gave Juventus their best ever start to a season. As Cristiano Ronaldo watched on from the stands, serving a one game ban for his red-card against Valencia, Paolo Dybala netted all three goals in a comfortable win over Swiss side Young Boys.
Within five minutes, Juve showed their class, as Dybala struck a fine volley from Leonardo Bonucci’s cross-field ball. The Old Lady never gave up control of the game, allowing Young Boys only one shot on target over 90 minutes.
Dybala added another on 33 minutes, before completing his hat-trick after 69, rounding off Juventus’ ninth victory in a row this season. It is the Turin side’s best start since 1930-31, reinforcing the notion that, even without their talisman Ronaldo, they are a force to be reckoned with.