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Mohamed Salah with two assists in Roma return

Mohamed Salah assisted twice in his return from the African Cup of Nations for Roma as they won their third game on the bounce.

Roma came away with a 2-0 win at stragglers Crotone, with Džeko and Nainggolan finding the net either side of half time.

Crotone XI: Cordaz; Rosi; Mesbah; Dussene; Ceccherini; Ferrari; Crisetig; Capezzi; Acosty; Tonev; Falcinelli.

Roma XI: Szczesny; Peres; Fazio; Manolas; Rudiger; Emerson; Nainggolan; Strootman; Paredes; Salah; Džeko.

The early stages were dominated by penalty appeals for Roma, with an early penalty appeal by Džeko’s dismissed. However, soon later Salah was dragged down in the box and the referee awarded Roma a spot kick.

Džeko was handed the responsibility of taking the penalty, but his effort to the bottom left corner was dragged just wide, as he became the first player to miss more than one penalty in Serie A this season.

Roma’s intricate attacking play eventually paid off just before half time, as Salah weaved his way through the Crotone back line before finding Nainggolan, who continued his rich vein of goalscoring form as his placed his shot into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.

Roma pushed for a second throughout the second half and they almost found it as Nainggolan’s lofted pass found Džeko who adjusted his body well to get a shot away, which was deflected onto the bar, in what would have been a fantastic counter attacking goal.

The Giallorossi eventually put the game beyond all doubt later in the half, as deep-lying playmaker Paredes lofted the ball over the defence to Salah, and his right footed cross was drilled across goal to Džeko who had the simplest of tasks.

The win puts Roma within 4 points of leaders Juventus, however The Old Lady of Turin can reinstate their 7 point lead with a win against Cagliari later today.

Roma’s next game is an away trip to the East coast of Spain, in their Europa League first leg game against Villarreal, who go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Malaga.

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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