The race for the third and final Champions League place got a little more exciting on Monday as Roma’s 1-1 draw at home to Bologna meant that the gap between themselves and fourth place Inter Milan is down to 6 points with 6 games to go.
Roma’s Mohamed Salah hit the post three times before he finally scored finally scoring to Roma totally dominated the game, but were still only able to salvage a point due to Salah’s late equalizer.
The Egyptian sent an early header crashing against the woodwork and Stephan El Shaarawy’s headed goal from the rebound was ruled offside to signal a frustrating evening for the hosts.
Salah was unlucky again in the 23rd minute when he broke clear and hit the inside of the far post with an angled drive and then had his effort from the rebound saved by Bologna goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
Sometimes watching Salah play, you get the sense that if he can learn to become more clinical in front of goal, he could become one the best players in the world. He creates lots of chances for himself, but he is just a really bad finisher.
Almost immediately after Salah’s second hit post kaLuca Rossettini added insult to injury when he scored against the run of play for Bologna with a header that slipped through Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s hands.
Salah curled another effort against the post at the start of the second half after Roma coach Luciano Spalletti had brought on veteran playmaker Francesco Totti for a rare appearance.
The 39-year-old’s presence appeared to inspire Roma and he set up the equaliser with a through ball that Salah sidefooted past Mirante.
Totti was himself denied by Mirante and both Salah and Diego Perrotti missed the target as Roma piled on the pressure, but Bologna held out for a share of the spoils to take another step towards Serie A safety.