It was a battle for the hearts and minds of fans of the Italian champions as they battled to win the title in the new era.
1-1 at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, the Rossoneri had a first-half goal disallowed after a foul by Roma defender Alessandro Matuidi.
“Matuidi was in the area of the crossbar when he should not have been,” said Fiorentina coach Paolo Maldini.
“He was given a red card but this is football and you have to play football.
I hope we can win the trophy again.”
The Italians had been enjoying their best start to the season with three wins in four matches and three draws in eight.
With a trip to Napoli looming on Monday, they were hoping to take a step forward with a win over the Rossidis on Saturday.
The visitors were the best team in Serie A with five points, four behind the leaders, Roma.
“Roma have been playing well this season and we want to be better in the coming weeks,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
“They are a very good team and they are a good team, so I hope that we can improve.”
They started well, scoring their first goal of the season from Paulo Dybala’s cross, before Cristian Zapata and Lorenzo Insigne combined well for the rest of the first half.
“We made some good passes, they did well to get in behind and the first goal was deserved,” said Matuidri, who made just one save.
“I am happy because I had a good game.
The game was not so good for us and I could have scored more.
We can’t always score goals and this is a difficult one.
“Our goalkeepers made good saves and I am happy with the team performance.” “
In the second half, Roma made some impressive runs, and scored their second of the game in the 74th minute, after Matuidis had been shown a straight red card. “
Our goalkeepers made good saves and I am happy with the team performance.”
In the second half, Roma made some impressive runs, and scored their second of the game in the 74th minute, after Matuidis had been shown a straight red card.
“Vantaggio was in a lot of trouble and I thought I saw a yellow card,” said Maldini after the game.
“The referee gave a very clear warning and I think the penalty was justified.
It was my fault.”
The Rossidis had a third straight clean sheet before the break, with the first two goals coming from Dybara, and Insigne, who scored the opener with a header.
“You have to score goals.
I thought we deserved to score the first one but we could not get the second goal,” said Roma captain Marco Cassano.
“With the players, we could have had a better result.”