Justin Kluivert became Roma’s youngest ever goalscorer in Champions League history, as he scored the fourth goal in the Giallorossi’s 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night.
It was Kluivert’s first goal for the club, as he got off the mark after reacting quickest to Cengiz Under’s saved shot.
“It’s great to enter the history of the club, in a small way at least,” Kluivert said, when asked about the landmark. “I hope to be able to achieve a lot more in future.”
It was a moment of personal satisfaction for Kluivert, who was left out of the squad to face Real Madrid in the opening group game – but was then handed the second start of his Roma career against the Czech champions at the Olimpico.
“I knew this morning that I would play, even if you could sense it might happen from training,” Kluivert said. “The coach has always reiterated to me that I need to be ready to take my chance if and when it comes, and today it did.
“I know I need to continue to improve defensively. As the coach always says, if we defend well as a team then we will have more chances to attack as a unit. Today we did that, and I am very pleased to have helped the team.”
Kluivert celebrated his goal by dedicating it to his former teammate Abdelhak Nouri, whose No. 34 he wears for the Giallorossi as a tribute. Nouri suffered serious brain damage after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly for Ajax in 2017.