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Salah impresses as Fiorentina outclass Roma
Fiorentina, who went into the second leg needing to cancel out a Roma away goal, started the game well, staying organised at the back and pressing well.
Gonzalo Rodriguez broke the dead lock from the penalty spot after Matias Fernandez was fouled in the box in the 7th minute. A little over 10 minutes later the game was effectively sealed. In the 18th minute Marcos Alonso doubled the score after taking advantage of a howler from Roma’s goalkeeper, who tried to parry a ball into play under no pressure and lost control. The ball fell to Alonso who calmly slotted into an empty net.
Jose Basanta slammed the final nail into the Roma coffin less than 5 minutes later, heading home a bullet header after being found unmarked in the box from a Mattias Fernandez corner.
Fiorentina continued their domination in the second half, counter attacking well, with Roma finding no way through their sturdy defence. Salah, who had a solid first half, nearly found himself on the scoresheet early on, using his pace and trickery to go through on goal after a brilliant run which started from inside his own half. His finish ultimately let him down, crashing into the crossbar and back out into play.
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10 minutes from time Salah unluckily hit the woodwork again, unleashing a sumptuous left-footed curler towards the top corner of the goal from just outside the box which had the keeper stranded. 3-0 it ended, with Roma having to battle out the last few minutes with 10 men, after former Fiorentina player Adam Ljajic given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
The win takes Fiorentina through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa League, with the draw for the next round taking place later on tonight.