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Atalanta 2-1 Roma: Pasalic and Palomino strike while hosts come from behind to stimulate the top four

Atalanta 2-1 Roma: Mario Pasalic and Jose Palomino strike while hosts come from behind to stimulate the top four

  • Edin Dzeko fired the fifth placed visitors in front at the end of the first half
  • Atalanta found a well-earned equalizer through Palomino in the beginning of the second half
  • Pasalic curled 19 seconds after returning home as the replacement the beautiful winner

Mario Pasalic of Atalanta got the winner within seconds after he got off the bench when they took a huge step towards the Champions League qualification by beating Saturday AS Roma 2-1 in the Serie A.

Edin Dzeko fired the fifth placed visitors at the end of the first half, but Atalanta, who is fourth, found a well-earned equalizer through Jose Palomino in the beginning of the second.

Pasalic, however, stole the show in the 59th minute by getting a sensational attack in the top corner 19 seconds after he came up as a substitute.

Jose Palomino picked up a well-earned equalizer for Atalanta early in the second half

Jose Palomino picked up a well-earned equalizer for Atalanta early in the second half

Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic got the winner within seconds of coming off the bench

Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic got the winner within seconds of coming off the bench

Atalanta midfielder Mario Pasalic got the winner within seconds of coming off the bench

The win makes Gian Piero Gasperini take over control of the race for a top-four finish because Atalanta has 45 points, six ahead of Roma with a better head-to-head record than the main club.

Earlier, 18th Genoa placed their first away win of the season with a 3-0 win in Bologna that moved them within a point of the safety zone when the hosts ended up with nine men after the expulsions of Jerdy Schouten and Stefano Denswil.

Lecce also increased their survival hopes by taking 16th place above Sampdoria with their third consecutive league victory and beating SPAL 2-1 at the Stadio Via del Mare on the debut of Luigi Di Biagio as coach of the bottom of the Serie A.

Striker Edin Dzeko fired the fifth placed visitors at the end of the first half

Striker Edin Dzeko fired the fifth placed visitors at the end of the first half

Striker Edin Dzeko fired the fifth placed visitors at the end of the first half

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