Roma win sec­ond place bat­tle with Napoli

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Roma for­ward Edin Dzeko has a point to prove.

He wasn't the striker Roma hoped for af­ter it signed him from Manch­ester City in Au­gust 2015. Last sea­son was full of dis­ap­point­ment.

But he's fi­nally show­ing his ruth­less­ness in front of goal, with two more scores as Roma beat Napoli 3-1 yes­ter­day in a top-of-the-Serie A clash.

Dzeko net­ted his first two min­utes from half­time when Mo­hamed Salah stole the ball off Kali­dou Koulibaly at the by­line and swung in a cross for Dzeko to vol­ley home.

He dou­bled his tally nine min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val, plac­ing a header into the bot­tom left cor­ner from Alessan­dro Florenzi's free kick.

Koulibaly atoned for his ear­lier er­ror by ris­ing highest at the near post to head in a cor­ner off the op­po­site up­right, and get­ting Napoli straight back into the game.

But Salah sealed mat­ters four min­utes from time, beat­ing the off­side trap to race for­ward and fire in off the base of the left post.

It was Roma's first away win of the sea­son, and the cap­i­tal club leapfrogged Napoli into sec­ond spot, be­hind Ju­ven­tus.

Napoli is two points fur­ther back af­ter its first league de­feat at Sta­dio San Paolo since May 2015. It was clearly miss­ing striker Arka­diusz Mi­lik, who has had a great start to the sea­son but was out for six months af­ter tear­ing a lig­a­ment on in­ter­na­tional duty.

In the other Serie A matches yes­ter­day ten-man Pescara fig­ured in a 1-1 home draw against Sam­p­do­ria.

In the late game Ju­ven­tus con­tin­ued with their win­ning streak beat­ing Udi­nese 2-1 with a Dy­bala brace af­ter re­ceiv­ing an early set­back.

Dy­bala’s win­ner was scored from the penalty.

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