SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Michael Bradley notched his first goal for AS Roma on Sunday as the Romans picked up all three points against Atalanta in Sunday Serie A action.
After missing out on the last five games due to injury, Bradley returned to the starting lineup for 72 minutes of action.
The guests from Bergamo had the better of play at the start and could have easily taken the lead in the 10th minute if it were not for a miraculous save by Martin Stekelenburg coming off his line to deny striker Denis.
Atalanta's Argentine striker Maximiliano Moralez then saw his volley hit the woodwork in the 17th minute after beating the Dutch keeper.
Against the run of play, however, Roma struck first. Francesco Totti took a pass from Erik Lamela just outside of the box, controlled and dinked a deft chip back to Lamela behind the defense. The Argentine made no mistake scoring in the 30th minute.
Their confidence boosted after the goal, Roma's play improved greatly after going ahead and generated a slew of first-rate scoring chances in the 43rd, 47th and 50th minutes respectively with Mattia Destro's volleyed effort against the bar in the 43rd the best of the bunch.
Roma, though, were rewarded for their attack in the 62nd minute.
Destro received the ball just outside the box to fire a powerful left-footed shot that keeper Andrea Consigli could only parry. The ball landed in the path of an on-rushing Bradley on the left and the American did well to beat the keeper from a tight angle.
The three points give Roma 11 now on the season, good enough for 6th place. After a two-week break, Bradley and Roma are back in Serie A action against Genoa.