Abraham nets twice as Roma sweep aside Lazio

Tammy Abraham of AS Roma celebrates the victory after the Serie A match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on March 20, 2022 in Rome, Italy. 

Fan favourite Tammy Abraham has scored two goals as Roma swept aside Lazio 3-0 in their Serie A capital derby.

That took Abraham's tally to 15 in the league this season and nine this year.

In 2022, only Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals than the England international in Europe's top five leagues.

Roma went ahead with less than a minute on the clock and were three goals up at halftime in a dominant performance from Jose Mourinho's side.

Roma moved up to fifth while Atalanta moved above Lazio to sixth with a 1-0 win at Bologna, courtesy of an 82nd-minute goal from substitute Moustapha Cisse.

Lazio won the opening derby this season but Roma got off to the perfect start this time.

After just 56 seconds, Lorenzo Pellegrini's inswinging corner hit the crossbar and rebounded in off Abraham's thigh.

Abraham doubled his tally in the 22nd when he acrobatically turned in Rick Karsdorp's cross into an empty net with Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha stranded at his left post.

Roma's third goal was a stunner as Pellegrini curled a free kick into the top right corner from nearly 30 yards out to all but wrap up the points with five minutes remaining until the break.

Lazio was lucky not to go in even further behind as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's effort bounced off the crossbar.

Duaan Vlahovic set up one goal and scored another as Juventus eased to a 2-0 win over bottom club Salernitana to move within a point of defending champions Inter Milan.

Paulo Dybala marked his return to the starting line-up after injury by scoring the opener as fourth-place Juventus closed in on the top three, although Massimiliano Allegri's side are still seven points adrift of leaders AC Milan.

Juventus plays third-placed Inter -- the club that ended their run of nine straight Serie A titles -- after the international break.

Two first-half mistakes gifted Francesco Caputo two goals as Venezia lost 2-0 in a relegation battle with Sampdoria.

Venezia remained three points from safety while Sampdoria climbed seven points above the bottom three.

Verona drew 1-1 at Empoli after striker Giovanni Simeone failed twice with the same penalty.

His first attempt was saved by Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario but had to be retaken following an encroachment.

Simeone smashed his second effort off the upright.

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