Roma send Pescara down

Roma relegated Pescara to Serie B with a comprehensive 4-1 thumping at the Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia on Monday night.

Kevin Strootman opened the scoring in the 44th minute beofre Radja Nainggolan added a second in first-half injury time, ahead of Mohamed Salah's 48th minute effort.

Salah added a fourth on 60 minutes, while Benali scored a late consolation goal for the beleaguered hosts.

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck had an early shot deflected onto the roof of the Roma net before Stephan El Shaarawy was guilty of missing two good goal-scoring opportunities.

Edin Dzeko then headed over before drawing a fine low save from Vincenzo Fiorillo.

Nainggolan smashed a good effort off the Pescara crossbar on 20 minutes after a super long ball forward from Leandro Paredes.

Bahebeck saw a couple of half chances saved while Salah's 34th minute shot flew well wide of the target.

Roma were certainly on top of this tie and finally found a breakthrough with 44 minutes played as Strootman picked up an El Shaarawy pass before firing home.

The visitors doubled their lead a minute later as Dzeko laid on for Nainggolan to score.

And before the hosts could draw breathe at the start of the second half, Roma added a third through Salahp, with a pile-driver from outside of the box.

Ahmed Benali should have pulled a goal back soon after but skied his close-range effort, while Dzeko fared no better with 52 minutes on the clock.

Salah though was clearly in the mood, as he netted his second of the night on the hour mark.

Mamadou Coulibaly shot wide from a difficult angle as Benali and Cristiano Biraghi then both came close.

And their determination finally paid off as Benali reduced the deficit with 83 minutes played, with a simple finish after being set up by Ledian Memushaj.

Pescara continued to attack and Cristiano Biraghi hit a post from a long-range free-kick, in what proved to be the last piece of action of this one-sided affair.

The league's bottom-side ended the evening on 14 points, making it mathematically impossible to save themselves, with five games still to play.

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