Roma tough on Atalanta and Juventus breathes a sigh of relief

Roma beat the hosts Atalanta 4-1 on Saturday in the 18th stage of Serie A, which saw Juventus beat hosts Bologna 2-0.

Atalanta had the opportunity to climb to second place and put Milan under pressure ahead of the expected match between Milan and Napoli on Sunday if they succeeded in achieving the seventh consecutive victory and 12th of the season, but the predominance was for Roma, who increased their tally to 31 points and became fifth temporarily at the expense of Fiorentina, who host Sassuolo on Sunday.

Roma took the lead early after a goal in less than a minute from the start through Englishman Tammy Abraham and then added a second goal in the 27th minute through Nicolo Zaniolo following a quick counterattack and a pass from Frenchman Jordan Veretout.

Gasperini tried to remedy the situation, and he played Colombian Luis Muriel in the 34th minute instead of Albanian Berat Djimsiti and was correct in his decision as Muriel succeeded in bringing his team back to the atmosphere of the meeting in the final seconds of the first half with a shot converted from Roma midfielder Brian Cristante and deceived his Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio (1 45). After the referee canceled out a goal in the 69th minute for sneaking on Argentine José Luis Palombino after invoking the assistant video referee “VAR”, Atalanta’s match was complicated a lot after his net was shaken by a third goal scored by Englishman Chris Smalling following a free kick (72).

According to Opta statistics, this is the first time in Serie A history that two English players have scored in a single match. It wasn’t over here, from another quick counterattack and also a decisive pass from Veretout, Abraham ended the hosts with a knockout by adding the fourth and his second personally (82).

Juventus breathe a sigh of relief

Without the Argentine Paulo Dybala, who joined fellow striker Federico Chiesa in injury, Juventus and coach Massimiliano Allegri breathed a sigh of relief after returning from Bologna with a 2-0 win thanks to two goals from Spain’s Alvaro Morata in the 6th minute after a pass from Federico Bernardeschi and Colombian Juan Cuadrado in the 69th minute with a shot from the edge of the area that turned from the defender and deceived his goalkeeper. With the ninth win of the season, Juve increased his tally to 31 points the same distance from Rome, by a margin of 5 points from the last four qualifying places in the Champions League, which Napoli currently occupies.

In another match, Udinese beat Cagliari with a clean four.

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