Roma won their seventh straight Serie A game as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-1 win at home to Fiorentina on Friday to move clea...
Roma won their seventh straight Serie A game as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-1 win at home to Fiorentina on Friday to move clear of their opponents in the race for a Champions League spot and maintain their faint title hopes.
The Egyptian winger who is in line to face Nigeria in the crucial AFCON qualifier later this month inspired his Italian side with a brace and an assist for the first goal.
Third-placed Roma, now three points ahead of La Viola, have been transformed since Luciano Spalletti replaced Rudi Garcia as coach in January, losing once in the league before a winning streak that has put them within five points of leaders Juventus.
They took the lead after 22 minutes when Salah squared for Stephan El Shaarawy to score from close range and doubled their advantage three minutes later when Salah's shot took a wicked deflection and looped into the net.
Diego Perotti side-footed home El Shaarawy's cross after 38 minutes to make it 3-0 before Fiorentina pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time with Josip Ilicic converting a penalty after Cristian Tello was felled in the area.
The visitors' hopes of a comeback were snuffed out, however, when Salah ran through on goal and slid the ball beneath Fiorentina keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu just before the hour.