Roma made it back to back wins after the international break and 4 wins in a row in Serie A with a 3-0 away win at Bologna in the Italian sunshine.
Two goals in the first half from Federico Fazio and Mohamed Salah gave Roma the lead going into the half-time break. Edin Dzeko scored his 24th Serie A goal of the season and is 34th overall thanks to unselfish play from Diego Perotti.
In a very quiet opening of the game, Bologna had two early efforts on the Roma goal. Both blocked by the Roma defence. Simone Verdi and Mattia Destro with the two efforts which were thwarted by the Roma defence.
Roma opened the scoring after twenty-five minutes slightly against the run of play and with their first shot on goal. A corner whipped in from the right from Stephan El Shaarawy was poorly cleared by the Bologna defence. Federico Fazio was on hand to half volley his effort from close range past a flat-footed Antonio Mirante.
Stephan El Shaarawy went close to doubling Roma advantage late on in the first half, Mohamed Salah inviting cross from the right found El Shaarawy but his effort on goal was brilliantly saved from close range by Mirante.
Roma doubled their lead five minutes before half-time break with a lovely one touch team goal. Lovely one-touch interchange from Strootman and Dzeko found Salah who calmly lofted the ball over the on rushing Antonio Mirante.
A slow start from Roma in the opening 25 minutes as they struggled to break down a stubborn Bologna set up. Since Fazio opened the scoring, Roma grew in confidence and looked much the better side in the final 20 minutes. The second Roma goal from Salah was crucial going into the half time break as it gives Roma the cushion of a two goal lead. Bologna will feel a little hard done by as they done well in the opening 20 mintues of the game but succumbed to Roma first shot on target and were caught in a mire whether to attack or contain Roma after going 2-0.
Bologna wasted a golden chance in the opening stages of the second half, an inviting cross from the right-hand side found Blerim Dzemaili unmarked but header goalwards was straight at Szczesny. Warning sign for Roma. Bologna went close to halving the deficit and were denied by the upright as substitute Di Francesco from a tight angle hit the far post and the rebound fell to safety.
Blerim Dzemaili had an effort deflected behind by the Roma defence, Daniele Gasteldello had a free header comfortably saved by Szczesny. Diego Perotti a second half substitute replacing Stephan El Shaarawy pulled a smart save from Antonio Mirante after a low drive into the near post.
Roma added a third goal on 75 minutes, a lovely through ball from Salah to Diego Perotti who unselfishly squared the ball to Edin Dzeko to pass into an empty net. Bologna Croatian substitute Petkovic had Szczensy scrambling when his low effort from outside of the area go wide of the upright.
It wasn’t the best of Roma performances, they were quite sloppy in possession but showed enough quality to eek out a 3-0 away win against a well organised side. Too many of these performance from Roma this season can give fellow Roma fans a heart attack. But it was good to see Roma get the important win after the disappointment of getting knocked out of the Coppa Italia semi-final by city rivals Lazio on Tuesday evening.