Atalanta vs. AS Roma – Football Match Report – December 18, 2021

Tammy Abraham scored twice to lead Roma to the counterattack to stun Atalanta with a 4-1 win over Bergamo on Saturday and move up to fifth in Serie A.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished the game with 29% possession and eight shots to Atalanta’s 17, but they were far more efficient in terms of their chances.

“Yes, I think so,” Mourinho told DAZN when asked if it was the best team Roma have played this season.

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“We showed a great spirit. The players knew we couldn’t dominate for 90 minutes against Atalanta. They were strong in every way.”

Roma raised its score to 31 points, six points behind Bergamo in third place, and ended a series of consecutive victories from six matches at the hands of coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s team.

England international Abraham opened the scoring in the first minute with a deflected shot, and Nicolo Zaniolo doubled his lead by ending a fast counter-attack to score his first league goal of the season.

Gasperini was quick to make a change, and striker Luis Morell entered in the 34th minute, and the Colombian substitute scored an own goal from Roma’s Brian Cristante to score an own goal that brought the hosts back to the match on the verge of the end of the first half.

Atalanta pressed for an equaliser and thought they could when Jose Luis Palomino nodded from close range at a corner kick, but he was offside.

Mourinho’s side scored the third goal four minutes later when Chris Smalling netted his second goal in two matches, the first time in Serie A history that two different English players had scored in the same match.

Abraham swept his second goal in the afternoon with eight minutes to go, taking his tally for this season to six goals in Serie A.

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