Roma got a boost in their hunt for a top four finish after they earned a much-needed 3-0 victory over Udinese.
Edoardo Bove, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Tammy Abraham fired the Giallorossi past Andrea Sottil’s side and took advantage of Milan, Inter, and Juventus all having dropped point before kick-off.
The victory gives Jose Mourinho’s men a three-point cushion over fourth placed Milan, who suffered a 1-1 draw against Bologna yesterday, in addition to a confidence boost ahead of the return leg in their Europa League clash against Feyenoord.
Goalscoring chances were at a premium in the opening half hour as both sides struggled to get good looks in front of goal.
However, the game took a turn ten minutes before half time when the hosts were awarded a penalty after VAR determined Udinese midfielder Roberto Pereyra handled the headed attempt from Andrea Belotti.
Bryan Cristante’s attempt hit the post but the ball rebounded directly to Edoardo Bove, who hit it into the back of the net to give Roma a 1-0 lead going into hafltime.
The Giallorossi doubled their lead ten minutes after the break when captain Lorenzo Pellegrini scored his first goal from open play in 560 days.
The midfielder finished off a world class delivery from Andrea Belotti on the counter attack.
The visitors nearly got on the board 15 minutes later when they earned their own penalty in the 69th minute. However, veteran shot-stopper Rui Patricio saved Roberto Pereyra’s attempt and preserved their two goal lead.
Roma added the finishing touches to the win when substitute Tammy Abraham, whose availability for the game was in doubt, scored a much-needed goal to lift his confidence after a tough campaign.