Late Roma rally sinks plucky Carpi

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A late onslaught from Roma secured a 3-1 victory over Carpi in what turned out to be an entertaining Serie A clash at Stadio Alberto Braglia on Friday evening.

Following a goalless first half, Roma broke the deadlock through Lucas Digne’s long-range stunner on 56 minutes, only for Kevin Lasagne to level the scores just after the hour mark.

Roma quickly regained their composure, though, netting two late goals through Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah respectively.

The first half was a closely contested affair, with both sides struggling to create more than a handful of goal-scoring chances.

Carpi managed to create just two chances, but Lorenzo Lollo and Marco Crimi failed to find the mark with their respective efforts.

Roma, on the other hand, created twice as many chances as their opponents. However, they too showed a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

William Vainqueur and Diego Perotti squandered early chances for the visitors, while combative midfielder Radja Nainggolan fired just inches wide of the target in the 28th minute.

The best chance of the half came on the stroke of half-time, though, as Salah latched onto a through pass from Edin Dzeko before unleashing a powerful effort from the centre of the box that came crashing back off the crossbar.

Thankfully, the second half provided much more in the way of entertainment as both sides stepped it up a gear after the half-time interval.

Following a bright start, Roma eventually broke the deadlock in the 56th minute. Digne latched onto a neat pass from Mohamed Salah before firing a powerful shot into the bottom-right corner from long range.

However, the hosts didn’t let their heads drop and drew level just five minutes later, Lasagna prodding home from close range following some good work on the right flank by Jerry Mbakogu.

Despite conceding an equaliser, it was Roma who ended the second stanza on the front foot, with Diego Perotti, Dzeko and Nainggolan all going close to firing them back in front.

The sustained period of pressure finally took its toll on the Carpi defence in the 84th minute, Dzeko converting from close range after being found by Salah’s pinpoint pass.

Carpi were still reeling from Roma’s second goal when the visitors struck again just one minute later, Salah adding his name to the scoresheet with a smart finish from the centre of the box.

Salah’s goal was the last real noteworthy action as Roma comfortably saw out the remainder of the match to secure a fourth straight league victory.