Two first half goals from summer signings Bojan and Pablo Osvaldo gave Roma the platform to record their second win of the season and continue their resurgence
Roma put in a fluid first half performance but were pushed all the way as the Giallorossi halted Atalanta’s charge up the league at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday to record a 3-1 victory.
Coach Luis Enrique promised attacking football as Roma went in search of back to back wins but it was Atalanta who started the better.
The visitors came into the match undefeated with three successive wins and showed their confidence as Simone Padoin fizzed a shot past Bogdan Lobont’s near post. There was hope Maarten Stekelenburg would return between the posts after his collision with Inter defender Lucio two weeks ago, but the Dutch shot-stopper was left out of Luis Enrique’s matchday squad.
Maximiliano Moralez was put through by Denis in the eighth minute but the Argentinean, who has been in sparkling form since his summer move from Velez Sarsfield shot tamely into the arms of Lobont.
Pablo Osvaldo went close from eight yards after good covering from Andrea Masiello, and that seemed to spark Roma into life as they took control of midfield. Daniele De Rossi found himself unmarked at the back post but couldn’t connect with a volley, Francesco Totti stung the gloves of Andrea Consigli then from the resulting corner Nicolas Burdisso had a header fly just wide.
The pressure proved too much for the Bergamo side as Bojan Krkic latched onto a beautifully angled ball from De Rossi, and the former Barcelona striker showed strength to hold off Gianpaolo Bellini and score his first goal for the club.
Bojan almost made it a double as he again bossed the defence to force Consigli to tip over, and from the resulting corner Osvaldo took advantage of some haphazard Atalanta defending. Masiello was slow retreating, playing Osvaldo onside, and the striker was afforded time to control and make it 2-0 at half-time.
Stefano Colantuono sent his side out with renewed vigour and they got one back minutes into the second period; German Denis out-jumping Gabriel Heinze to nod home his fourth of the season.
Totti almost restored Roma’s two goal advantage after blasting a shot from inside Atalanta’s box, but the captain’s effort went centimetres wide.
The visiting team continued to push for the equaliser, winning a succession of corners but Roma managed to regain their composure and 10 minutes from the end, they sealed all three points. Fabio Simplicio, starting his first game of the season, played a smart one-two with Pjanic, and the Brazilian burst into the box to beat chip Consigli and make the final score 3-1.
Luis Enrique's second successive Serie A win sends his side provisionally up to third in the table with eight points from five games.