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Roma keep up pressure on Juve with win at Pescara

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Roma thrashed bottom side Pescara 4-1 to move back to within eight points Serie A leaders Juventus.

Three goals in five minutes either side of half-time ensured the points went back to Rome.

The win keeps Roma’s slim hopes of denying Juve a sixth straight Serie A title alive.

There are five games left in the Italian league season, with Roma – who still have to play Lazio and AC Milan – hosting their Turin rivals on May 14.

Kevin Strootman broke the deadlock in the 44th minute as he fired home from a central position and before Pescara could gather themselves, Radja Nainggolan doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Three minutes into the second half, Mohamed Salah’s shot from outside the area found the bottom left corner of Vincenzo Fiorillo’s net and it was the Egyptian again to score Roma’s fourth on the hour mark.

Roma passed up a series of chances to add to their lead and instead it was Pescara who had the final word, with Ahmad Benali turning in Ledian Memushaj’s cross with seven minutes left.

The result means Pescara are relegated to Serie B.

Line-ups

Pescara

  • 1Fiorillo
  • 11Zampano
  • 83Bovo
  • 35CodaSubstituted forFornasierat 80′minutes
  • 3BiraghiBooked at 37mins
  • 33CoulibalySubstituted forVerreat 67′minutes
  • 13MuntariBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBrunoat 45′minutes
  • 8Memushaj
  • 10Benali
  • 15Bahebeck
  • 17Caprari

Substitutes

  • 2Crescenzi
  • 5Bruno
  • 7Verre
  • 9Kastanos
  • 16Brugman
  • 20Cerri
  • 28Mitrita
  • 30Muric
  • 31Bizzarri
  • 44Fornasier
  • 93Milicevic

Roma

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 44Manolas
  • 20Fazio
  • 33Palmieri dos SantosSubstituted forNunes Jesusat 80′minutes
  • 6Strootman
  • 5ParedesSubstituted forPerottiat 82′minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 11Salah
  • 9DzekoSubstituted forGrenierat 71′minutes
  • 92El Shaarawy

Substitutes

  • 3Nunes Jesus
  • 7Grenier
  • 8Perotti
  • 13da Silva Peres
  • 15Vermaelen
  • 16De Rossi
  • 18Lobont
  • 19Ramses Becker
  • 21Silva Duarte
  • 30Santos da Silva
Referee:
Massimiliano Irrati

Match Stats

Home TeamPescaraAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home16
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Pescara 1, Roma 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Pescara 1, Roma 4.

Diego Perotti (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michele Fornasier (Pescara).

Foul by Juan Jesus (Roma).

Francesco Zampano (Pescara) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Cristiano Biraghi (Pescara) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Ahmed Benali (Pescara) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Pescara) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Roma).

Gianluca Caprari (Pescara) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Pescara 1, Roma 4. Ahmed Benali (Pescara) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Leandro Paredes.

Offside, Roma. Stephan El Shaarawy tries a through ball, but Radja Nainggolan is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Juan Jesus replaces Emerson.

Substitution

Substitution, Pescara. Michele Fornasier replaces Andrea Coda.

Antonio Rüdiger (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gianluca Caprari (Pescara).

Offside, Pescara. Cristiano Biraghi tries a through ball, but Valerio Verre is caught offside.

Corner, Pescara. Conceded by Radja Nainggolan.

Attempt missed. Andrea Coda (Pescara) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gianluca Caprari following a corner.

Corner, Pescara. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

Attempt saved. Gianluca Caprari (Pescara) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Biraghi.

Corner, Pescara. Conceded by Mohamed Salah.

Antonio Rüdiger (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gianluca Caprari (Pescara).

Offside, Pescara. Cristiano Biraghi tries a through ball, but Cesare Bovo is caught offside.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Alessandro Bruno (Pescara) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Clément Grenier replaces Edin Dzeko.

Offside, Roma. Edin Dzeko tries a through ball, but Stephan El Shaarawy is caught offside.

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

Cesare Bovo (Pescara) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kevin Strootman (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Valerio Verre (Pescara).

Substitution

Substitution, Pescara. Valerio Verre replaces Mamadou Coulibaly.

Attempt missed. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Pescara) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ledian Memushaj.

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Benali (Pescara) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Roma keep up pressure on Juve with win at Pescara

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