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Egypt’s Salah breaks goal drought to help Roma win 2-0

Mohammad Salah ended a three-month goal scoring drought to help Roma win 2-0 at Sassuolo and move provisionally fourth in Serie A

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Mohammad Salah ended a three-month goal scoring drought to help Roma win 2-0 at Sassuolo and move provisionally fourth in Serie A on Tuesday.

Roma was almost made to rue its profligacy in front of goal when Sassuolo was awarded a penalty with three minutes left - and with the score line still 1-0 - after a foul on Lorenzo Pellegrini by Radja Nainggolan, who was sent off for a second yellow card.

But Domenico Berardi ballooned his spot kick over the bar and Stephan El Shaarawy sealed the win in stoppage time with his second goal in as many matches since joining Roma on loan from AC Milan following a disappointing loan spell at Monaco.

It was the first time Roma had won two successive league matches since October and saw the capital side move above Inter Milan on goal difference. Inter hosts Chievo Verona on Wednesday.

“I had the confidence of the coach right from the start and I thank him a lot for that,” El Shaarawy said. “Today I think we had a great game, even if we suffered a bit, but we suffered in the right way.

“We are happy with the three points and we have to continue like this.”

Salah got Roma off to a great start in the 11th minute, curling an effort into the far side of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

It was the Egypt international’s first league goal since Oct. 25.

Roma missed several chances to extend its lead before the penalty while Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli pulled off a string of saves - including a fantastic fingertip to nudge El Shaarawy’s shot over the bar.

Sassuolo also went close on occasions as the hosts increased the pressure in the second half.

Diego Perotti, who had joined on loan from Genoa until 2017 on transfer deadline day 24 hours earlier, won the ball and cut it back for the Italy forward to slide into the net.