Roma 2-0 Empoli: Henrikh Mkhitaryan stars for Roma as Jose Mourinho’s men bounce back from loss in Rome derby and move up to fourth in Serie A
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores one and sets up another in 2-0 win
- Roma moves up to fourth in the table six points behind Napoli
- Giallorossi had lost two of their last three Serie A games
- Jose Mourinho’s side travels to Turin to face Juventus next weekend
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was involved in both goals as Roma beat Empoli 2-0 on Sunday night at the Stadio Olimpico.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal midfielder set up Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener just before halftime and got on the scoresheet himself shortly after the break as Jose Mourinho’s men bounced back from last week’s defeat in the Rome derby.
The win allowed Roma to leapfrog Fiorentina in fourth place with 15 points, three more than La Viola, who lost 2-1 at home to Napoli on Sunday.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener and added a second himself
The Armenian has now scored two goals and assisted a further two in seven Serie A games
Jose Mourinho takes his Roma side to Turin to face Juventus next week
The Partenopei remain six clear of Roma at the top of the table after making it seven wins in as many games.
Following a strong start to the season, the Giallorossi had lost two of their last three Serie A games, conceding three goals on both occasions.
It now appears Mourinho has restored some defensive solidity, with the clean sheet against Empoli coming just three days after Roma won 3-0 away at Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.
Tammy Abraham (right) and Lorenzo Pellegrini (centre) celebrate Roma’s opener on Sunday
The 2-0 win against Empoli moved the Giallorossi up to fourth in the Serie A table
Roma (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Karsdorp, Mancini, Smalling (Ibanez 90), Vina (Calafiori 84); Veretout, Darboe (Cristante 64); Zaniolo (El Shaarawy 84), Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan (Zalewski 90); Abraham
Coach: Jose Mourinho
Subs: Villar, Perez, Shomurodov, Mayoral, Kumbulla, Diawara
Goals: Pellegrini 42, Mkhitaryan 48
Booked: Mancini, Zaniolo
Empoli (4-3-2-1): Vicario; Stojanovic, Romagnoli, Viti, Marchizza; Zurkowski (Bajrami 46), Ricci, Bandinelli (Haas 46); Henderson (Stulac 71); Di Francesco (Cutrone 70), Pinamonti (Mancuso 29)
Coach: Aurelio Andreazzoli
Subs: Ujkani, La Mantia, Fiamozzi, Asllani, Tonelli, Luperto, Parisi
Booked: Ricci, Haas, Stojanovic
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