Goals from Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaaraway earned Roma a 2-0 win over Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in Serie A on Tuesday.
Sassuolo 0 Roma 2
Salah opens scoring
Nainggolan sent off late on
Berardi misses penalty
El Shaaraway adds late second
Salah broke the deadlock for Roma in the 11th minute with an exquisite long-range shot that flew past Francesco Acerbi in the Sassuolo goal.
There was a flurry of action late as Radja Nainggolan conceded a penalty, earning a second yellow and his marching orders in the process, in the 87th minute.
However, Domenico Berardi missed the spot kick and El Shaarawy scored a second for Roma in the 94th minute to hand Roma a hard-fought win.
Roma did all the attacking early on, but the home side’s defence was able to keep them at bay for the opening 10 minutes.
However, all their hard work was in vein as Mohamed Salah picked up the ball in the 11th minute and unleashed an unstoppable shot from range to put the visitors 1-0 up.
Chances were few and far between in the opening half and the chances that did come along were mostly from long range.
El Shaarawy came agonisingly close to doubling his side’s advantage in the 34th minute, but his powerful effort from just inside the box sailed inches over the bar.
Salah went close again in the 55th minute, but this time Acerbi pulled off an acrobatic save.
The home side should have drawn level in the 87th minute as Nainggolan conceded a penalty and received his marching orders for a second yellow card, but Berardi smashed the spot kick into the crossbar.
Despite being a man down, the visitors secured the points deep into injury time as El Shaarawy scored a simple tap-in from close range to make it 2-0.