AS Roma thrash Atalanta to keep UCL hopes alive
Roma ended Atalanta’s recent winning run emphatically with a 4-1 victory in Bergamo.
Tammy Abraham got the Giallorossi off to the perfect start as he scored inside the first minute for the visitors – and the England international finished off the scoring in the second half too as Jose Mourinho’s side ultimately romped to victory.
Nicolo Zaniolo, with his first league goal of the campaign so far, and Chris Smalling also got themselves on the scoresheet, ensuring Luis Muriel’s deflected goal on the stroke of half-time was ultimately little more than a footnote to the contest.
Abraham bundled home after just 57 seconds and smashed in Roma’s fourth to take his tally to 12 for the season.
Centre-back Jose Luis Palomino thought he had equalised for the home side for 2-2 but his goal was ruled out.
Smalling scored just four minutes later and Abraham thumped in a first-time finish to move Roma up to fifth in the table.
Jose Mourinho’s side sit level on points with Juventus, who won 2-0 at Bologna thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado.
Morata slid in the opener at a foggy Stadio Dall’Ara after six minutes before Cuadrado doubled the visitors’ lead after the break to put Juventus sixth in Serie A.