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Mohamed Salah features as Roma lose 3-1 to Torino

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: Antonio Barreca (L) of Torino and Mohamed Salah of Roma compete for the ball during the Serie A match between FC Torino and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 25, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Mohamed Salah featured as Torino managed their first home win over Roma since 1990, on matchday six of the 2016/17 season.

Roma went into the match after an overall good start to the Serie A season, sitting in third in the league with 10 points from their opening five games, and on the back of a 4-0 win over newly promoted Crotone.

Torino were less fortunate, and aside from a 5-1 drubbing of Bologna they had failed to win a match so far, and went into the match following two goalless draws against Empoli and Pescara.

Roma created some early chances but failed to find Edin Dzeko on two occasions, the second of which was a weak Salah cross.

Nainggolan’s shot from distance came close but ultimately failed to hit the target.

Roma were made to pay moments later, when Andrea Belotti added to his already impressive tally of four goals from five games with a header at the near post.

The chances kept falling to Dzeko, but the score remained 1-0 until the half-time whistle blew.

Salah in action against Torino. Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Salah in action against Torino. Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Early in the second half, Torino won a penalty as Belotti was brought down by ex-Torino defender Bruno Peres, and Iago Falque – on loan from Roma – scored the penalty against his parent club.

Almost immediately afterwards, Diego Perotti was brought down in the box by De Silvestri, and club legend Francesco Totti sent Joe Hart the wrong way as his penalty found the top left corner of the net.

Torino doubled their advantage through Falque again, thanks to his deflected shot over Szczesny after the ball broke to him from Belotti’s heavy touch.

Although Roma are still in third place in Serie A, they will likely be overtaken if Milan or Inter win their games in hand.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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