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ROME (AP) — Hoping to reach the World Cup in England squad, Roma striker Tammy Abraham He scored his first Serie A goal since September in a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo on Wednesday.

Abraham jumped between three defenders to head in Gianluca Mancini’s cross in the 80th minute, but Andrea Pinamonti equalized for Sassuolo with a quick counter-attack five minutes later.

It was another disappointing result for Roma, who had been beaten by Lazio in the Rome derby three days earlier.

Abraham, who scored 27 goals in all competitions last season in a standout performance arriving at Roma after falling out of favor at Chelsea, has struggled to find the target this season. He scored a goal in Serie A in August, one in September, and his only other goal for Roma this season was in the Europa League on October 27.

“Beyond the goal, he won duels, he fought hard and played solidly,” Roma coach José Mourinho said. “He had a good game.”

Paulo Dybala, another Roma player hoping to go to the World Cup — with Argentina — remains out with a left thigh injury. There has been speculation that Dybala could return for Roma’s last game before the World Cup against Torino on Sunday.

But Mourinho did not say whether Dybala would play or not.

“I don’t know,” Mourinho said. “I know that he is in contact with the (Argentine federation) and (coach Lionel) Scaloni. We would love to have him against Torino, but the players who go to the World Cup will be more focused there than here in the final round of matches.”

Roma dropped to sixth place, one point behind Atalanta, Inter Milan and Lazio.

ATALANTA FALL

Atalanta fell 2-1 to Serie B champions Lecce for the second straight loss after a strong start to the season.

Lecce, winless at home all season, faced an undefeated Atalanta away from home.

But Federico Baschirotto and Federico Di Francesco scored within two minutes of each other for Lecce midway through the first half before Duván Zapata pulled one back for Atalanta before the break with his first goal of the season after injury.

In their next match, Atalanta hosts Inter, who thrashed Bologna 6-1 to move up to fourth place. The Nerazzurri are above Atalanta, and below Lazio, only on goal difference. The head-to-head is the first tiebreaker at the end of the season.

EARLY BIRTHDAY GIFT

Federico Dimarco scored twice the day before his 25th birthday as Inter bounced back in style from their loss to Juventus.

Dimarco, who grew up supporting Inter and rose through the club’s ranks, received a standing ovation from the San Siro crowd when he was substituted.

Bologna started the match better and Charalampos Lykogiannis gave them a deserved lead when Riccardo Orsolini’s effort deflected off him and into the back of the net.

However, Dzeko equalized four minutes later in impressive fashion. He started the move with a cheeky backheel and finished it off with a magnificent volley to the left corner from the edge of the box.

Dimarco completed the comeback with a free-kick and Lautaro Martínez also scored before the break.

Dzeko headed the crossbar from point-blank range in the 47th, but Dimarco extended Inter’s lead moments later with another impressive goal when he cut in from the right, past Bologna defender Joaquín Sosa and curled into the far corner.

Inter completed the win with a penalty from Hakan Çalhanoğlu after a handball and a goal from Robin Gosens.

In addition, Fiorentina beat Salernitana 2-1 and Torino beat Sampdoria 2-0.

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