Serie A: Stephan El Shaarawy's first-half brace helps AS Roma crush Udinese and register third straight win

El Shaarawy scored twice after Edin Dzeko's 12th-minute opener, as Roma move up to fifth in Serie A with 12 points from five games.

AFP September 23, 2017 21:41:09 IST
Serie A: Stephan El Shaarawy's first-half brace helps AS Roma crush Udinese and register third straight win

Milan: Stephan El Shaarawy bagged a first-half brace as AS Roma overwhelmed Udinese 3-0 to secure a third straight Serie A win on Saturday.

Italian forward El Shaarawy scored twice after Edin Dzeko's 12th-minute opener, as Roma move up to fifth in Serie A with 12 points from five games, and with a game in hand just three points behind leaders Napoli and Juventus who play later.

Serie A Stephan El Shaarawys firsthalf brace helps AS Roma crush Udinese and register third straight win

Roma's Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates after scoring a goal against Udinese. AP

Luigi Delneri's visitors were struggling from the outset at the Stadio Olympico with Dzeko on hand for the opener and his sixth goal of the season after Radja Nainggolan pushed his way through a porous Udinese defense.

Dzeko rolled in a cross for El Shaarawy's first after half an hour with a blunder by Udinese's Danish defender Jens Stryger Larsen giving the player nicknamed 'The Little Pharaoh' his second just before the break.

Diego Perotti had a chance to make it 4-0 late but fired his spot-kick off target with Stryger Larsen getting one back after his earlier misfortune beating the offside trap to score a consolation goal in the final minutes.

It was a confidence-boosing performance for Eusebio Di Francesco's side ahead of their midweek Champions League trip to Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

But for Udinese the nightmare start to the season continued as they fell to a fifth defeat in six matches.

Champions Juventus and Napoli will be looking to make it six wins out of six in Serie A later Saturday.

Juventus host city rivals Torino in the highly-anticipated Turin derby as Napoli travel to struggling newcomers SPAL.

Updated Date:

also read

Serie A: No longer the special one, Jose Mourinho heads to Roma in search of revival
Sports

Serie A: No longer the special one, Jose Mourinho heads to Roma in search of revival

Jose Mourinho's midas touch has faded in recent years and his last three jobs all ended in the sack at Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Serie A Women: Juventus crowned champions for fourth season running after winning 20 straight matches
Sports

Serie A Women: Juventus crowned champions for fourth season running after winning 20 straight matches

Italian forwards Cristiana Girelli and Barbara Bonansea's first-half goals sealed a 2-0 win over Napoli to claim the title with two games to spare.

Serie A: Antonio Conte's obsession with winning pays off for Inter Milan in 19th 'scudetto'
Sports

Serie A: Antonio Conte's obsession with winning pays off for Inter Milan in 19th 'scudetto'

It is a fifth league title for Conte who won three with Juventus between 2012 and 2014 and one with Chelsea in 2017.