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Key Talking Points from Roma’s thrashing over Fiorentina
- Updated: February 8, 2017
Roma put the pressure on Juventus as they thrashed Fiorentina 4-0 at home. Edin Dzeko scored twice, Federico Fazio and Radja Nainggolan added the others as Roma cruised to victory.
Roma maintained a perfect record at home in Serie A this season.
Fiorentina have now lost their last five matches in the Stadio Olimpico vs Roma, been without a win since 2012.
Fiorentina got off to a strong start and could have scored after 13 minutes when Federico Chiesa sprung the off side trap, and lobbed the ball past Wojciech Szczesny, but Federico Fazio got back for a goal-line clearance.
Roma should have been up 1-0 at the half hour mark, but Radja Nainggolan’s chipped pass for a unmarked Bruno Peres was booted seven yards over the bar.
Roma did break the deadlock when Daniele De Rossi’s inspired ball over the top allowed Dzeko to spring the offside trap, chest it down and turn to finish low past Tatarusanu.
The Giallorossi went up 2-0 in the second half as De Rossi free kick was headed in by a leaping Fazio off the free kick inside the left post.
Antonio Rudiger drilled just wide and Dzeko thought he had a second, but Davide Astori got back for a goal-line clearance after the Carlos Sanchez misplaced pass.
When Fiorentina tried to push forward they were caught on the counter attack for a third Roma goal. De Rossi was the architect again, sending a through ball for Kevin Strootman down the left side, and Nainggolan controlled the cross before controlling it and blasting it from eight yards yard for a 3-0 lead.
Fiorentina fell apart and Dzeko caught Astori in possession, going clear to drill past Tatarusanu to make it 4-0 for the hosts.
Roma almost made it 5-0 a few minutes later. A horrific misplaced pass finding Dzeko’s volley but Tatarusanu tipped it over the bar.