Tammy Abraham scored twice as Roma put on a counterattacking masterclass to stun Atalanta 4-1 and climb to fifth in Serie A.
José Mourinho’s side finished the game with 29% possession and eight shots to Atalanta’s 17, but they were far more efficient with their chances.
“Yes, I think so,” Mourinho said when asked if it was the best Roma have played this season. “We showed fantastic spirit. The players knew that we couldn’t be in control for 90 minutes. They were strong in every perspective.”
Abraham opened the scoring in the first minute with a deflected strike, and Nicolò Zaniolo doubled Roma’s lead by finishing off a quick break. The substitute Luis Muriel pulled a goal back when his strike deflected in off Roma’s Bryan Cristante on the stroke of half-time.
Chris Smalling restored Roma’s two-goal advantage when he volleyed home his second goal in two games, marking the first time in Serie A history that two different English players have scored in the same game. Abraham swept in his second of the afternoon with eight minutes remaining to take his tally for the season to six goals in Serie A.
Goals from Álvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado either side of half-time gave Juventus a 2-0 win at Bologna in thick fog to lift the Turin club to sixth.
Nico González spared Barcelona’s blushes as his late strike sealed a 3-2 home win over lowly Elche in La Liga. Barça appeared to be cruising thanks to goals from Ferran Jutglà and Gavi inside the opening 19 minutes before Elche scored twice in the space of 60 seconds after the break through Tete Morente and Pere Milla.
Rayo Vallecano continued their impressive run of form as first‑half goals from Sergio Guardiola and Alejandro Catena secured a 2-0 victory over Alavés. The result lifted Rayo above Real Sociedad after they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Villarreal. Two goals from Gerard Moreno and a late strike from substitute Samuel Chukwueze condemned Sociedad – who had Mikel Oyarzabal sent off – to a fourth consecutive league defeat.
Borussia Dortmund lost further ground on the Bundesliga leaders, Bayern Munich, as they conceded three second-half goals in a 3-2 defeat at Hertha Berlin. Marco Richter scored twice for Berlin with Ishak Belfodil also on target to leave Dortmund trailing Bayern by nine points.
Jesper Lindstrom scored the only goal to earn Eintracht Frankfurt victory over Mainz and lift them to fifth. RB Leipzig’s hopes of a fresh start under their new coach, Domenico Tedesco, unravelled as they went down 2-0 at home to 10-man Arminia Bielefeld. Janni Serra put Bielefeld ahead in the 57th and Masaya Okugawa added a second goal not long after Fabian Klos was sent off for a bad challenge on Willi Orban.
Hoffenheim needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Kevin Akpoguma to salvage a point at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach. A brilliant early goal from Max Kruse was enough for Union Berlin to beat Bochum 1-0.
The second-division strugglers Nancy had three players sent off but their eight men still hung on to beat the Ligue 1 side Troyes 4-1 on penalties in the French Cup.