MILAN (AP) – Two individual mistakes from Roma players led to two goals and Jose Mourinho’s side slumped to their first defeat in Serie A as they suffered a shock 4-0 demolition at Adinese on Sunday.
Roma have conceded just one goal in four matches this season.
Roma defender Rick Karsdorp and goalkeeper Rui Patricio were at fault for the first two goals from Destiny Adogi and Lazar Samardzic. Roberto Pereira and Sandi Lovrich added to Roma’s humiliation in the final 15 minutes.
“Individual mistakes are always collective for me,” Mourinho said. “We have 10 points and a lot of teams are close. I want to congratulate Yodenis, who was good tonight.
“I’d rather lose one game 4-0 than lose four games 1-0. It’s tough for us and our fans, but that’s life, it’s another game on Thursday. That’s what I told my players.
It was the third straight win for Udinese and moved them level on points with Roma to fourth.
“The boys were exceptional tonight against a really strong team and we played some good football as well,” said Udinese coach Andrea Sottel.
“We have to keep our feet on the ground, we know our strength, but we have to play every opponent with hunger and humility.”
Mourinho’s side were looking to go back to the top of Serie A but they conceded the opener to Odense with less than five minutes on the clock.
Pereira curled in a cross from the right and Karsdorp headed it past his goalkeeper, but he didn’t realize that Adogi was behind him and the youngster slotted home.
Udinese doubled their lead in the 56th minute when Patricio let Samardzic’s shot from distance slip off his arm and into the back of the net.
Roma almost immediately grabbed one back but Gianluca Mancini headed a corner off the left post.
The capital side fought hard to get back into the game but found themselves on the back foot and Udinez sealed the result with two counter strikes.
One ended in the 75th when Jean-Victor Macingo put the ball into the far side of the net for Pereira. Seven minutes later, Pereira turned provider to set up Lovrić for his first goal since joining from Lugano in the off-season.
Cremona picked up their first point in Serie A for more than 26 years with a 0-0 draw at home to Sassuolo.
Cremona started their first season back in Italy with four consecutive defeats since 1995-96.
Hellas Verona recorded their first win of the season by coming from behind to beat Sampdoria 2-1 and turn the game around at half-time.
Francisco Caputo scored a stunning goal for Sampdoria five minutes before the break but Verona equalized four minutes later when Tomas Henry’s header came off the crossbar and deflected off goalkeeper Emil Odero.
Scotland defender Josh Doug, a new signing, scored moments later to prove the winner.
Elsewhere, Marko Arnautovic scored twice as Bologna drew 2-2 with Spezia.