Carpi 1-3 Roma: Dzeko ends drought as Spalletti's men win again

The Bosnian struck his first goal in three months to fire his side into third place

Roma ‘s good form under Luciano Spalletti continued as Friday as Edin Dzeko helped give the visitors a 3-1 win at  Carpi that propelled them into Serie A’s Champions League qualification places.

The capital club, who sacked coach Rudi Garcia last month, have now won four league matches in succession under Spalletti, with Lucas Digne opening the scoring before Kevin Lasagna pulled the hosts level.

However, Dzeko and Mohamed Salah struck in quick succession to hand the  Giallorossi their latest victory moving them to third at the expense of Fiorentina and Inter ahead of a crunch meeting between the duo, now fourth and fifth respectively, on Sunday.

Roma found Vid Belec in a determined mood during the first half at Stadio Alberto Braglia, the Carpi goalkeeper denying Dzeko and Salah, who struck the bar a minute before the break.

Stephan El Shaarawy was replaced by Miralem Pjanic at half-time and the visitors took the lead nine minutes after the restart.

It was the unlikely figure of defender Digne who broke the deadlock, smashing a long-range screamer past the helpless Belec.

Carpi levelled five minutes later, Jerry Mbakogu taking advantage of some slack defending from Antonio Rudiger to feed  Lasagna , who slotted home.

Despite dominating possession and chances, the away team from the capital looked set to be frustrated in Modena until the 84th minute, when Salah’s square ball across the face of goal found Dzeko , who scored his first Serie A goal since November to restore Roma’s lead.

And they made sure of all three points 60 seconds later when Salah , provider of the first two, got in on the scoring act by gathering a rebound and beating Belec.

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