Empoli 2-4 Roma: Tammy Abraham’s first-half brace keeps Champions League chase alive as Jose Mourinho’s side score FOUR goals in 13 minutes
- Tammy Abraham scored first-half brace as Roma breeze past Empoli in Serie A
- Jose Mourinho’s side smashed in four goals inside a 13 minute period on Sunday
- Abraham has now scored 15 goals in all competitions since moving to Rome
- The victory moved Roma up to sixth in the Serie A standings on 38 points
AS Roma secured a 4-2 victory at Empoli in Serie A on Sunday thanks to four goals in 13 first-half minutes, including a double from English striker Tammy Abraham.
The hosts started brightly and created several early openings, but they fell apart after Abraham’s swift turn and shot broke the deadlock in the 24th minute.
Abraham squeezed the ball home in the 33rd minute from close range to double his side’s lead, before January signing Sergio Oliveira scored his second goal since joining on loan from Portuguese club Porto two minutes later to put Roma in command.
Tammy Abraham scored a first-half brace to help earn Roma a much needed three points
Roma scored four goals inside a 13 minute period against Empoli on Sunday afternoon
Jose Mourinho’s men were not done there, as they added another in the 37th minute, with Nicolo Zaniolo converting at the end of a swift counter-attack from the visitors.
In cruise control, Roma were given a fright in the second half as goals from Andrea Pinamonti and Nedim Bajrami put Empoli in with a chance of an improbable comeback, but Mourinho’s side held on for the three points.
Speaking to DAZN after the game, Abraham spoke of his delight to be in such fine scoring form for the Tuscans.
The result keeps Roma’s European hopes alive with Mourinho’s side sitting sixth in the league
Abraham said: ‘ ‘They brought me here to help the team with goals and assists. Luckily we scored a lot of goals tonight.’
Despite the attacking output, the Englishman was not happy with his side’s performance in the second period.
‘I think our attitude was off in the second half. Unfortunately, this is something that can happen after you go into halftime with a 4-0 lead.’
‘They gave us problems in the second half, they’re a good team. The manager warned us that Empoli have the ability to come back from four goals.’
The victory moved Roma up to sixth in the Serie A standings on 38 points from 23 matches, while Empoli dropped to 12th having taken 29 points from their 23 games.