Roma took the lead in stunning fashion before the clock even struck one minute, when Tammy Abraham went crashing into the box, and the striker’s effort eventually deflected up and over Juan Musso to stun the Gewiss Stadium. The away side would extend their lead in style just over 25 minutes in, when Nicolò Zaniolo finished off a blistering Roma counter-attack by slotting the ball home around Musso from point blank range, delivering the ‘Giallorossi’ a surprising two-goal lead 20 minutes from the break.
Finally, after piling on the pressure, the home side pulled themselves back in the game just moments before the interval. A Muriel shot from outside of the box took a deflection off Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante. That caught out the normally reliable Rui Patrício, and the ball dribbled into the back of the net, cutting Roma’s lead in half on the stroke of HT.
Picking up right where they left off, Atalanta pinned the visitors deep into their own half throughout the second period. Yet, it would be the Romans who would strike next against the run of play, when centre-back Chris Smalling darted into the back post and knocked the ball home from a Jordan Veretout free-kick for 3-1.
Having seen most of the attacking play throughout proceedings, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men will be disappointed to not pick up any points after collecting all three in their last six Serie A clashes. To further underline the deceptive nature of the scoreline, an 82nd minute Abraham side-footed strike would be the final nail in the home side’s coffin, capping off a stunning display of counter-attacking football from Roma.