Egypt's Salah scores twice as Roma thrash Pescara

Published April 24th, 2017 - 09:43 GMT
The Pharaohs star is enjoying a fine run in his second season with the Giallorossi, scoring 13 goals in Serie A so far this term
The Pharaohs star is enjoying a fine run in his second season with the Giallorossi, scoring 13 goals in Serie A so far this term

A slick second-half brace from Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah sealed a 4-1 Roma romp at Pescara that virtually sent the Serie A strugglers back to Italy's second division on Monday.

The Pharaohs star is enjoying a fine run in his second season with the Giallorossi, scoring 13 goals in 26 Serie A games so far this term.       

Roma's 24th win of the campaign helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to eight points, although the Turin giants remain firmly on course for a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

The only blip for Roma on the day they appointed former Sevilla goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, as the club's new sporting director was striker Edin Dzeko being caught on camera launching a tirade at coach Luciano Spalletti after he decided to replace the Bosnian with Frenchman Clement Grenier 20 minutes from the end.

Dzeko is tied with Torino's Andrea Belotti on 25 goals at the top of the Serie A scoring charts and was denied the chance to add to his tally, which is now under threat from Inter Milan hitman Mauro Icardi, on 24 following his hat-trick in a 5-4 loss at Fiorentina.

Dzeko had to settle for an assist on the night as Dutchman Kevin Strootman, Radja Nainggolan and Salah, with a second-half double that featured a superb counter from a wayward Pescara corner on the hour, got their name on the scoresheet.

As Roma tired, Pescara finally came fighting back in a promising final third in which Wojciech Szczesny was forced into action on several occasions before finally being beaten by Ahmad Benali when he got in behind Kostas Manolas to meet a crisp cross from the right.

It was scant consolation for the Adriatic coast side. Now 15 points behind Empoli and the safety zone with five games remaining, they are all but mathematically on their way back to Serie B.

After a recent run of four consecutive wins, Roma's title hopes were dented by a 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta last week.

Spalletti's men were creative from the outset but it took until the 44th minute for the visitors to break the deadlock, Stephan El Shaarawy powering into the box to deliver a perfect square ball for Strootman to tap home.

When Dzeko chased down Salah's overhit cross to the left of goal a minute later, he picked out Nainggolan with a precision pass for the Belgium midfielder to drill past Vincenzo Fiorillo.

Roma resumed in commanding fashion ater half-time, Salah beating Fiorillo down low at his near post with a great curling strike from the edge of the area on 48 minutes.

The Egyptian created his own double, snatching a wayward corner from Pescara to power up the middle and exchange a one-two with El Shaarawy before firing low past Fiorillo.


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