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Mohamed Salah assists in Roma draw with Atalanta

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Posted on April 15, 2017
Mohamed Salah assists in Roma draw with Atalanta

Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images

Egypt international featured in ’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta to allow Juventus to extend their lead in Serie A to eight points.

Roma’s starting XI: Szczesny; Rudiget, Fazio, Manolas, Rui; De Rossi, Nainggolan, Strootman; Salah, Perotti, Dzeko

Atalanta’s starting XI: Gollini, Toloi, Caldara, Masiello, Conti, Kessie, Cristante, Freuler, Hateboer, Kurtić, Petagna

Atalanta started the game organized and composed defensively. They managed to outnumber Roma in the midfield until the 21st minute when Jasmin Kurtic gave Atalanta the lead.

Kurtic scored the opening goal after Roma’s defense left a huge gap on the left side which led to a perfect low cross to the Slovenian, whom Mario Rui have failed to cover.

After their goal, Atalanta formed a deep defensive line, making it difficult for Roma to penetrate, which forced Salah and Perotti to play back passes due to the high pressure applied on both flanks.

In the second-half, Roma looked more dangerous and creative compared to the first-half and scored the equaliser in the 55th minute through Edin Džeko, who scored a sitter from a beautiful header assist from Salah.

Roma dominated the second-half with the intention of scoring the winning goal and Luciano Spalletti brought on Stephan El-Sharaawy for De Rossi in the 76th minute to increase the attacking options, however the game finished 1-1.

With this result, Roma jump to 72 points keeping them in 2nd place, eight points behind leaders Juventus, while Atalanta sit 5th with 60 points.

Roma’s next game will be against Pescara on Monday, April 24, while Atalanta will face Bologna on Saturday, April 22.

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