Italian Serie A
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Roma 5-0 Palermo

Mo Salah
Mo Salah joined Roma from top-three rivals Fiorentina last summer

Roma recorded a crushing 5-0 win over struggling Palermo to make it five successive Serie A victories as they moved up to fourth in the table.

Edin Dzeko recovered from a shocking miss to score the first and last goals in Roma's biggest win of the season.

Seydou Keita poked in Roma's second following a 52nd-minute corner.

And Mo Salah finished well twice in three minutes as Roma again coped without dropped club legend Francesco Totti, who watched from the stands.

Relive all the action as it happened here.

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti has spent all his career at Roma

Totti was left out of Roma's squad by Luciano Spalletti following criticism of the coach in a television interview.

Dzeko's failure to side-foot into an open goal might have made life awkward for Spalletti.

But the home supporters were soon back on side when Dzeko drilled in his fifth Serie A goal of the season moments later.

Palermo offered little as their slide towards the relegation places continued with a fifth game without a win.

Roma totally dominated the second half with Keita getting his first goal of the season and Salah going into double figures.

The Egyptian international converted a Dzeko assist to slot home the third goal and then curled the ball in from the tightest of angles to make it 4-0.

Edin Dzeko scores for Roma
Edin Dzeko scored 50 goals in 130 Premier League appearances for Manchester City

Former Manchester City striker Dzeko added his third goal in three games when he powered home a header from Diego Perotti's cross a minute from time.

Roma are now just two points behind third-placed Fiorentina as they continue to push for a Champions League place and were further boosted by the return from injury of midfielder Kevin Strootman as a substitute following more than a year out with a knee injury.

What they said

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti: "Totti is the best player in the post-war era and deserves respect, but so do all the other lads.

"There are rules in place for managing the group and I had to deal with Totti's reaction.

"Totti had a moment of anger and that can happen in certain circumstances.

"The situation is in the past. He was at the stadium and in the changing room. He'll train with us on Monday."

Line-ups

Roma

  • 25Szczesny
  • 13MaiconSubstituted forStrootmanat 78'minutes
  • 44Manolas
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 3Digne
  • 24Florenzi
  • 20Keita
  • 15PjanicSubstituted forFalqueat 72'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 11SalahSubstituted forPerottiat 86'minutes
  • 9Dzeko

Substitutes

  • 5Leandro
  • 6Strootman
  • 8Perotti
  • 14Falque
  • 21Vainqueur
  • 22El Shaarawy
  • 26De Sanctis
  • 33Palmieri dos Santos
  • 48Ucan
  • 87Zukanovic
  • 97Umar
  • 99Nura

Palermo

  • 53Alastra
  • 23StrunaBooked at 75mins
  • 12Gonzalez
  • 4Andjelkovic
  • 77Morganella
  • 10Hiljemark
  • 16BrugmanSubstituted forTrajkovskiat 57'minutes
  • 28Jajalo
  • 97Pezzella
  • 20VázquezSubstituted forMarescaat 67'minutes
  • 11GilardinoSubstituted forDjurdjevicat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Posavec
  • 2Vitiello
  • 3Rispoli
  • 8Trajkovski
  • 9Bentivegna
  • 15Cionek
  • 18Chochev
  • 21Quaison
  • 22Balogh
  • 24Cristante
  • 25Maresca
  • 99Djurdjevic
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
25,744

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamPalermo
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 5, Palermo 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 5, Palermo 0.

Attempt blocked. Iago Falque (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Iago Falque (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Trajkovski (Palermo).

Goal!

Goal! Roma 5, Palermo 0. Edin Dzeko (Roma) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Perotti with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Mohamed Salah.

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

Uros Djurdjevic (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lucas Digne (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Enzo Maresca (Palermo).

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

Enzo Maresca (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Kevin Strootman replaces Maicon.

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Booking

Aljaz Struna (Palermo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aljaz Struna (Palermo).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Iago Falque replaces Miralem Pjanic.

Substitution

Substitution, Palermo. Uros Djurdjevic replaces Alberto Gilardino.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Enzo Maresca (Palermo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Roma. Miralem Pjanic tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Palermo. Enzo Maresca replaces Franco Vázquez.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Franco Vázquez (Palermo).

Attempt missed. Seydou Keita (Roma) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Digne (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Sinisa Andjelkovic.

Offside, Palermo. Oscar Hiljemark tries a through ball, but Franco Vázquez is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 4, Palermo 0. Mohamed Salah (Roma) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Corner, Palermo. Conceded by Seydou Keita.

Attempt blocked. Franco Vázquez (Palermo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 3, Palermo 0. Mohamed Salah (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

Offside, Palermo. Franco Vázquez tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Trajkovski is caught offside.

Offside, Roma. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Aljaz Struna (Palermo) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Trajkovski with a cross following a corner.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st February 2016

  • RomaRoma5PalermoPalermo0
    FT
  • AtalantaAtalanta2FiorentinaFiorentina3
    FT
  • GenoaGenoa2UdineseUdinese1
    FT
  • SassuoloSassuolo3EmpoliEmpoli2
    FT
  • TorinoTorino0CarpiCarpi0
    FT
  • FrosinoneFrosinone0LazioLazio0
    FT
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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus26184446153158
2Napoli25175353203356
3Fiorentina26164647262152
4Roma26148452272550
5Inter Milan26146634231148
6AC Milan25127637271043
7Sassuolo2691163231138
8Lazio2610793434037
9Bologna26104122931-234
10Empoli2697103237-534
11Torino2688103333032
12Chievo2687113136-531
13Atalanta2678112530-529
14Genoa2677122731-428
15Udinese2676132240-1827
16Palermo2675142747-2026
17Sampdoria2667133746-925
18Frosinone2665152651-2523
19Carpi2648142343-2020
20Hellas Verona26212122443-1918
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