Fiorentina 1-4 Roma: Edin Dzeko on target as Giallorossi romp to victory and close gap on top three in Serie A
- Edin Dzeko fired Roma in front with a close range strike on 19 minutes
- Five minutes later Aleksandar Kolarov made it 2-0 to put Roma in cruise control
- Fiorentina pulled a goal back through Milan Badelj to spark comeback hopes
- Roma made sure of the three points through Lorenzo Pellegrini’s late strike
Roma closed the gap on the top three in Serie A with an impressive 4-1 win away at Fiorentina on Friday night.
Edin Dzeko put the visitors in front with a close range finish on 19 minutes later before Aleksandar Kolarov doubled their lead five minutes later.
Fiorentina sparked hopes of a comeback when Milan Badelj pulled a goal back before half-time but Lorenzo Pellegrini sealed the three points for Roma.
Edin Dzeko put Roma in front with a close range finish as Roma romped to a 4-1 win on Friday
Aleksandar Kolarov scored Roma’s second and Lorenzo Pellegrini added a third in second half
Nicolo Zaniolo rounded off an impressive performance with Roma’s fourth on 88 minutes
There was even time for Nicolo Zanioli to add a fourth on 88 minutes to rub salt into Fiorentina’s wounds.
Roma, fourth with 35 points, moved within a point of third-placed Lazio, who do not play in Serie A this weekend because of their Supercup match against Juventus in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Fiorentina, taken over by American billionaire Rocco Commisso during the close season, are 14th with 17 points, only four clear of the relegation zone.
Roma, beaten 7-1 on their previous visit to the Artemio Franchi stadium in a cup match in January, went ahead with a well-worked goal after 19 minutes.
Lorenzo Pellegrini set Nicolo Zaniolo away on the right and he crossed into the area for Dzeko to net from close range.
Two minutes later, Kolarov extended Roma’s lead by scoring from his third free kick of the season, curling a left-foot shot over the well.
Milan Badelj pulled one back in the 34th but Roma’s Pellegrini restored a two-goal lead by turning in Dzeko’s pass from the edge of the area in the 73rd. Zaniolo finished off a counter-attack for the fourth with two minutes left.