He was on fire: Charles De Ketelaere doubles goalscorer in clash against Roma for a place in the Champions League

He was on fire: Charles De Ketelaere doubles goalscorer in clash against Roma for a place in the Champions League
He was on fire: Charles De Ketelaere doubles goalscorer in clash against Roma for a place in the Champions League

By beating AS Roma 2-1 (half-time: 2-0), with a double from Charles De Ketelaere, during the 36th day of the Italian championship on Sunday, Atalanta (63 points, 5th) performed a big step towards the Champions League.

It will also have allowed Bologna and Juventus (67 points) to win their ticket to the C1. The Giallorossi are 6th in the standings with 60 points.

Despite the efforts made by his players in the Europa League, Gian Piero Gasperini did not rotate his core. At AS Roma, in the absence of Paulo Dybala, Daniele De Rossi opted for an attacking trio with Romelu Lukaku, Stephan El Shaarawy and Tommaso Baldanzi.

Perennial, the Bergamasques were also imprecise until De Ketelaere opened the scoring with a personal action (18th, 1-0) and directly doubled the lead (20th, 2-0) bringing his total to 7 goals this season.

Flying on the wings of enthusiasm, Atalanta continued to push while Roma, with a well isolated Lukaku, struggled to draw any action. Unleashed, De Ketelaere almost scored a hat-trick but his shot was deflected onto the post by Mile Svilar (40th).

Still hot after the break, De Ketelaere was replaced in the 58th minute. Rome reduced the score from the penalty spot in the 65th minute by Pellegrini (2-1). Despite Roman pressing and an opportunity for Lukaku, the score will no longer change.

Charles De Ketelaere Goal roma Lukaku

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