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Serie A

  • November 22, 2014
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
  • Referee: D. Massa
  • • Attendance: 17286

Atalanta 1-2 Roma: Ljajic and Nainggolan seal comeback

Atalanta 1-2 Roma: Ljajic and Nainggolan seal comeback


Rudi Garcia's men fell behind to an opener within the first minute on Saturday but came roaring back with two goals before the break to snatch the three points

Roma produced a stirring comeback as goals from Adem Ljajic and Radja Nainggolan cancelled out an early Maximiliano Moralez opener in their 2-1 victory away to Atalanta.

The Giallorossi went into the game knowing victory would move them level on points with Serie A leaders Juventus ahead of their late kick off against Lazio.

But Rudi Garcia's men got off to the worst possible start when Moralez finished superbly after Cristian Raimondi had twisted and turned past Ashley Cole before finding the Argentine inside the 18-yard box.

To Roma's credit, they stuck to their task and were on level terms on 23 minutes when Ljajic cut inside and produced a smart finish inside the box, before Nainggolan found the back of the net just before half-time to seal the win.

Roma began in the worst possible fashion as Raimondi left Cole for dead and pulled back for Moralez, who smashed the ball in off the bar from close range.

Daniele Baselli then rattled the woodwork again as his drive from distance spared Morgan De Sanctis for his error from a cross.

Ljajic drew Roma level in some style, however, cutting inside and firing into the bottom corner following a strong run from deep from Miralem Pjanic.

And Ljajic helped the Giallorossi take the lead shortly before the break, setting up Nainggolan on the break to sidefoot home from inside the area.

Atalanta increased the pressure in the second half, with Moralez twice coming close, but Roma ultimately held on for maximum points as Richmond Boakye saw red late on following a second booking for dissent.