Champions League qualification within grasp for Roma Women after statement win over Sassuolo

Roma Women successfully navigated the last of their tough four league fixtures in a row by beating Sassuolo 3-0 to tighten their grip on second place.

Roma have therefore extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions and are six points ahead of Sassuolo in the race for second place, with four games to go – all of which look easier on paper than this would have. Given how it went, that can only be cause for optimism.

Paloma Lazaro opened the scoring on Saturday shortly before half-time. Then, Benedetta Glionna scored a brace in the second half to make sure of the result.

It means Roma are also only two points behind league leaders Juventus, who play Inter in their game in hand on Sunday.

Roma’s next game before the international break will be against basement side Hellas Verona next Sunday.

Giallorosse head coach Alessandro Spugna said: “The standings look good, but we can’t think a top-two finish is a done deal.

“The next game will be really important – maybe the most important – even if it is against a side that are already down. They won today, though, which shows that means nothing.

“We need to win that to go into the next break with the same advantage we’ve built this weekend.”

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