SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, February 25, 2013
Michael Bradley and AS Roma came from behind to knock off Atalanta in Sunday Serie A action with the American notching an assist on the game winner.
Atalanta 2 - 3 AS Roma
After coming on in the second half of last week's surprising 1-0 victory over Juventus, Bradley returned to the starting lineup for head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli.
Roma's defense essentially gifted Atalanta the lead in the eighth minute. After failing to clear the ball from the back, the ball bounced into the path of Giacomo Bonaventura, who found himself alone in front of goal. His shot was off-target, but flew right into the path of Marko Livaja; the Croatian easily poked home into an empty net.
Roma was back on level terms four minutes later after Brazilian midfielder Marquinho stole the ball off an Atalantan player, drove towards the box and converted from just inside the area with a powerful, left-footed effort.
Miralem Pjanic then put the guests from the Italian capital up in the 33rd minute with an inch-perfect free kick that sailed through the heavily falling snow past keeper Andrea Consigli.
Atalanta then pulled even themselves in the 43rd with Livaja getting onto Carlos Carmona's cross and converting with his left for his second tally of the match.
With time slowly running out in the second half, Bradley lofted cross into the box and onto Vassilis Torosidis' head. Without breaking stride, the Greek headed home from a tight angle inside the far post for what turned out to be the game winner in the 70th minute.
Bradley and Roma are still in eighth place with 40 points, just two back of Catania and Fiorentina. The Giallorossi are back in action on Sunday as they host Genoa.