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Salah plays 60 minutes as Roma draw away at Leverkusen
It was a perfect start for the home side, Bayer Leverkusen, who started the game on the front foot. They were dominant from the start, and were immediately taking advantage of Roma’s numerous defensive mistakes.
The early pressure was key as the hosts took the lead as early as the fourth minute, when the additional referee spotted a handball on Vasilis Torosidis. A penalty was given and converted by Javier Hernández.
Roma’s first chance of the game came in the 16th minute as Salah put the ball on a silver platter for Miralem Pjanić, whose shot was saved by Bayer’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The home side took advantage of yet another defensive mistake and went 2-0 up. Lucas Digne was caught in possession by Hernández, who left Antonio Rüdiger behind to go one-on-one with Wojciech Szczęsny and get his second goal of the match.
Roma came back roaring in the 29th minute, as Daniele De Rossi got one back for his team with a tap-in, following a header from Kostas Manolas. The Roma skipper levelled the game later in the 38th minute with a goal coming off his knee, following a Pjanic free-kick.
In the 53rd minute, Pjanic scored a stunning free-kick that left the keeper standing, making it 3-2 for the away team.
Mohamed Salah came off in the 60th minute for Iago Falque, who would go on and score Roma’s fourth goal of the night in the 73rd minute, finishing off a glorious pass from Gervinho.
Roma then dropped too deep to hold on to the lead, allowing Leverkusen to control the ball and the game.
Bayer took full advantage of Roma dropping deep and levelled the game in two straight minutes. Kevin Kampl scored the hosts’ third goal of the night on the 84th minute, cutting inside Roma’s defence, and placing the ball into the top corner.
On the 85th minute, Admir Mehmedi – who had made his way on as a substitute in the 55th minute – completed Bayer’s comeback, exploiting yet another defensive mistake.
The Giallorossi are yet to win an away Champions League game since beating Basel back in November 2010. This result leaves Roma bottom of group E with two points, one point behind BATE Borisov, as they host Leverkusen on the 4th of November at the Stadio Olimpico.
Currently sitting second in Serie A with 17 points, Roma play leaders Fiorentina next on October 25th, with a chance to go top of the league.