Dzeko scores again, Roma hold off Empoli
Empoli 0 - 2 Roma

Dzeko scores again, Roma hold off Empoli

07/10/2018

Edin Dzeko continued his upturn in form as Roma made it four straight wins in all competitions to move third in Serie A with a 2-0 win over Empoli. After a midweek Champions League hat trick, the Bosnian striker made sure of a hard-fought three points with his fourth goal in as many days when, with just over five minutes left, he combined with Stephan El Shaarawy before lofting a tidy finish over Pietro Terracciano.

The goal ended resistance from dogged Empoli, who kept plugging away after going behind to Steven N'Zonzi's powerful first-half header and could easily have come away with something from the game. Francesco Caputo was the main thorn in Roma's side, giving Federico Fazio a terrible time with his effort and running.

He would have had a deserved equaliser but skied a penalty just before the hour mark and also wasted two other presentable opportunities. Five minutes after the break Ismael Bennacer had gone even closer with a swirling free kick that hit the post with Roma stopper Robin Olsen rooted like an oak tree.

Indeed, such was the home side's dominance as the match wore on that Eusebio Di Francesco played a back five to close out the game and it was more by accident than design that Roma got their second. The ball that Dzeko knocked down was no much more than a hopeful punt and it was down to his individual brilliance and El Shaarawy's neat through-ball that the away fans could relax in the final minutes.

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