Roma was up 1-0 at half-time, but Atalanta walked away 4-1 winner thanks to a goal and two assists from Josip Ilicic.
Roma’s match against Atalanta looked like just a few weeks ago, not necessarily a title-deciding game, but undoubtedly a crucial moment in both clubs’ chase for next season’s Champions League spot. What once looked like an epic six-pointer between two top four clubs suddenly became a bit of an old-school encounter between a Europe-chasing Roma side and an Atalanta squad that would be content with a top-eight top ten finish, however, with Roma surging over the past few weeks and Atalanta struggling and coping with a split between Alejandro Gomez and Gianpiero Gasperini.
And thanks to Edin Dzeko’s 112th goal in a Roma shirt, Roma wasted little time promoting the narrative, racing out to an early lead.
Edin Dzeko found the back of the net in the third minute thanks to a lovely low cross from Mkhitaryan, although he did not quite equal Leao’s goal six seconds into Milan’s match earlier today. From there, before turning and shooting, Dzeko settled the ball and took a miniature pause; Dzeko’s great presence of mind, but a peculiar bit of defense from Atalanta, who did not seem to feel the urgency of the moment. Either way, Dzeko’s aim number 112 gave Roma an early lead.
When Leonardo Spinazzola streaked down the left flank, dragging Pierluigi Gollini well off his line (like, all the way to the edge of the box) before attempting a left-footed chip over Gollini’s head, which sadly struck the outside of the near post, Roma almost made it two-nil moments later.
Spinazzola would have had a better angle had he slotted it with his right foot towards the far post; an unlikely chance, but still, a missed one.