Roma 4-1 Torino: An excellent performance to cap off a wonderful week

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Another Brilliant display from Roma, as they came away from the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening with a 4-1 home win.

Two quick goals in the first half from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah. A third was added from Leandro Paredes. Maxi Lopez pulled one back late on then Radja Nainggolan added a 4th in stoppage time.

In a fast start to the match, Roma nearly took the lead on the third minute. A corner from the left was curled in by Emerson, it was headed goalwards by Kostas Manolas and it found Juan Jesus at the back post who could only divert the header over the bar.

Roma took the lead after nine minutes and what a team goal it was, a long clearance from Szczesny found Dzeko who linked up on the left hand side with Nainggoalan. The Bosnian striker curled in a lovely low effort into the far corner past the outstretched Joe Hart. Roma doubled the lead on seventeen minutes, a cross into the area from Kevin Strootman was headed behind him by Edin Dzeko, it fell to Mohamed Salah who fired in a low volley into the bottom corner.

It was nearly 3-0 Roma moments later as they attacked the Torino goal at will, Salah was a constant threat down the Roma right, he cut in from the right and curled a lovely effort from outside of the area which crashed into the upright. At the other end a shell shocked Torino side made forays in to the Roma area and Marco Benassi fired over the bar from inside of the 18 yard box. Andrea Belotti from close range wasted a chance to pull one back for Torino when he fired over from 6 yards out after Roma failed to clear an Iago Falque free kick.

After some sustainable Torino pressure, Roma hit Torino on the counter attack thanks to pace of Salah but his run was stopped. A poor clearance from Joe Hart fell to Leandro Paredes who tried a long range distance but his effort sailed over the crossbar. Torino nearly pulled one back five minutes before the half time interval, a corner from the right was curled into the Roma box, the Roma defence failed to clear the corner with conviction, the ball fell to Lukic who hit a brilliant half volley which skewed wide of Szczensy goal. That was a warning sign for Roma.

Once again Torino looked dangerous on the attack and looked to pull one back before the half time interval, a wonderful through ball from Iago Falque into the on running Marco Benassi was thwarted thanks to a brilliant last ditched challenge from Bruno Peres who tracked his runner and got in the challenge just in the nick of time.

A frantic start to the first half from Roma, came out of the blocks firing and stunned Torino with two quick goals from Dzeko and Salah. First 30 minutes of the game Roma were unplayable and we could see that Roma could add more to the scoreline. But fair play to Torino they have come into the game a lot more and dominated the last 15 minutes with a lot of possession and territory but couldn’t capitalise on the three chances they created in the late stages of the first half. There is always that nagging feeling that Roma are sceptical to conceded to a goal on the counter attack and Torino front three has been brilliant all season.

Roma started the second half a lot better than they finished the first and came close to added a third goal, a deep cross from Leandro Paredes found Edin Dzeko at the back post but he fired over from close range. The Bosnian wasted another pass after Leandro Paredes broke up play from Torino as they played out from the back, Dzeko fired over from just outside of the box when it was better to play in either Paredes or Salah on either side.

Excellent team play from Torino was nearly awarded with a goal back for the away side, a defence splitting pass from Iago Falque played in lukic who crossed in from the right hand side and it was just inches away from the on rushing Daniele Baselli who couldn’t get contact on the ball with his outstretched boot.

Roma added a third on the 64th minute and what a goal it was, Bruno Peres swung in a corner from the right hand side which was cleared by the Torino defence. The ball fell to Leandro Paredes who hit a rocket of a right footed effort into the bottom corner leaving Joe Hart flat footed.

Substitute Francesco Totti who was on the pitch for a matter of minutes managed to drag his shot wide of Joe Hart goal after brilliant link up play down the right hand side from Bruno Peres and Mohamed Salah.

With six minutes remaining, Torino managed to pull one back as Maxi Lopez broke the Roma defensive line for the offside trap and finished smartly across Szczensy and picking up his first goal of the season.

Roma added a 4th goal in stoppage time to add gloss to the scoreline, a cross in from the left hand side from Emerson found Francesco Totti and he layed the ball off to Radja Nainggolan who curled a lovely effort past the outstretched Joe Hart.

A second brilliant performance from Roma in the space of three days, this side has picked up confidence in the last couple of weeks and it is showing on the pitch with some brilliant displays in the league and in the Europa League. The combination of Dzeko and Salah was brilliant today, at stages they were unplayable.

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