Roma boost top-four hopes with win against Verona

AS Roma continued the push for a top-four finish with a 1-0 home win over Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday, lifting spirits ahead of their Europa League tie with RB Salzburg next week.

Roma, who were without injured forward Paulo Dybala, took the lead just before half-time through winger Ola Solbakken.

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The Norway international was quicker than Verona's defence and lashed the ball into the bottom corner for his first Roma goal since joining from Bodo/Glimt in November.

Roma moved up to third on 44 points, level with fourth-placed AC Milan and three points behind Internazionale in second.

They next travel to bottom side Cremonese on Feb. 28 after they host Salzburg in the Europa League second leg on Thursday, hoping to reverse a 1-0 loss in the away fixture.

Verona, who are in 18th place and two points from the safety zone, next host Fiorentina on Feb. 27.