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El Shaarawy strikes twice as Roma rout Chelsea

01 Novembre, 2017, 10:57 | Autore: Eufebio Giannola
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Chelsea travel to Rome on Wednesday looking for the three points that will guarantee progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. "We need to take this spirit with us in all competitions across the campaign - and if we do I am convinced we can achieve something important".

Stephan El Shaarawy ran to the sideline to celebrate his second goal of the night when Argentinian Diego Perotti joined the group hug and gave El Shaarawy some extra attention below the belt. In itself, finishing third in a tricky group to Chelsea and Roma after that kind of success is nothing to be ashamed of.

"We need to be ready in their stadium because it will be very, very hard".

The fourth matchday of the Champions League group stage kicked off on Tuesday with eight matches, but not as many goals as we've been used to - 21 in total with Barcelona and Chelsea held scoreless.

While the goalscorer was appreciating congratulations from his teammates, Perotti channeled former NRL player John Hopoate in appearing to stick his fingers up the Roma forward's backside.

Callum McGregor scored a deserved equaliser but Javi Martinez headed home just three minutes later to seal the points and qualification for Bayern, although Celtic remain in pole position to finish third and go into the Europa League. Atletico Madrid are next with three points and Azerbaijani side Qarabag are last with two points, following a 1-1 draw in Madrid. Bad for a team like us.

A mistake from Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon presented Kingsley Coman the opening goal but Brendan Rodgers' side dominated much of the first half. "We have to try to find the strength to understand and to use this loss in the right way".

Florenzi was fortunate to escape punishment after raking his foot down the back of Hazard's heel as the attacker, who wasn't even awarded a free-kick, burst towards the penalty area, and as the half-hour mark ticked by there was no doubt we had been the better side up until that point.

Nicknamed "The Pharaoh", El Shaarawy has an Egyptian father and an Italian mother. The Belgian, who was on to it quickly, looked set to score from a similar position to which he notched the winner at the weekend but, under pressure from the retreating Alessandro Florenzi, his strike was pushed away by Alisson. He was born and raised in Italy.

Alisson made a leaping save to deny Marcos Alonso just before the break.

Neville called Matic's sale the "poorest decision I've ever seen in the Premier League".