Second-place Roma beats Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014
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MILAN (AP) — Roma kept up the pressure on Serie A leader Juventus with a comfortable 3-1 win against Atalanta on Saturday which saw the capital side equal the club record number of victories in a season.

Rodrigo Taddei, Adem Ljajic and Gervinho scored to help Roma to its 24th league win of the season, matching the record by Luciano Spalletti's side in 2007-08 and achieved again under Claudio Ranieri two years later.

Giulio Migliaccio headed in a consolation for Atalanta.

Roma moved provisionally five points behind Juventus, which visits Udinese on Monday.

Ljajic had played just 25 minutes in the past six matches but the Serbia striker started, with Mattia Destro, Alessandro Florenzi and Miralem Pjanic all suspended. He hit the post as well as scoring and providing an assist.

"I haven't played a lot recently but that's football," Ljajic said. "The coach decides. I'm always ready and once again I gave my utmost to help my teammates. It went well.

"We gave an important sign today. We played well and we won. We'll watch the game on Monday and hope for the best. Unfortunately it doesn't depend on us, it depends on them. We'll do our part and we'll see."

Atalanta remained in eighth place following a second successive defeat as it lost ground in the race for a Europa League place.

Earlier, Sassuolo picked up a vital point in its fight against relegation as it drew 1-1 at home to fellow struggler Cagliari.

Taddei gave Roma the lead in the 13th minute when Dodo hooked the ball back off the byline for Francesco Totti but it fell for the Brazilian, who fired in powerfully from the edge of the box.

Totti was looking dangerous and went close several times to scoring the goal which would have seen him draw level with former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero's 289 goals.

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