Italian Serie A
RomaRoma5PalermoPalermo0

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

Substitutes

  • 5Castan da Silva
  • 6Strootman
  • 8Perotti
  • 14Falque
  • 21Vainqueur
  • 22El Shaarawy
  • 26De Sanctis
  • 33Emerson
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 5, Palermo 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 5, Palermo 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Trajkovski (Palermo).

  6. 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.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Mohamed Salah.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Enzo Maresca (Palermo).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Kevin Strootman replaces Maicon.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Aljaz Struna (Palermo).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Iago Falque replaces Miralem Pjanic.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st February 2016

  • RomaRoma5PalermoPalermo0
  • AtalantaAtalanta2FiorentinaFiorentina3
  • GenoaGenoa2UdineseUdinese1
  • SassuoloSassuolo3EmpoliEmpoli2
  • TorinoTorino0CarpiCarpi0
  • FrosinoneFrosinone0LazioLazio0

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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