ROME, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Roma claimed a scintillating Serie A win on Saturday, as it swept Atalanta aside 4-1 at the Gewiss Stadium, with Tammy Abraham bagging a brace.
Atalanta entered Saturday's game with six domestic wins in a row but was dealt a blow just seconds into the game, as Abraham's solo run gave the away side a 1-0 lead.
The Giallorossi doubled the lead in the 26th minute through a counter-attack when Jordan Veretout's slide-rule pass found Nicolo Zaniolo, who resisted a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge, before finishing with a left-footed strike.
The Dea pulled one goal back on the stroke of the half-time, as Luis Muriel's strike took a deflection off Bryan Cristante to wrong-foot goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
The goal made Atalanta the fifth side to manage 100 Serie A goals in a single calendar year, following Inter Milan who just reached the milestone on Friday.
Roma extended the lead in the 71st minute with Chris Smalling's header, before Abraham sealed the win by blasting into the corner.
With the win, Roma now ranks fifth with 31 points, five points behind fourth-placed Napoli who visits AC Milan on Sunday.
Juventus also amassed 31 points after a 2-0 away victory over Bologna thanks to a pair of strikes from Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado.
Also on Saturday, Udinese humiliated Cagliari 4-0. Enditem