Saturday January 19 2019
El Shaarawy: 'Roma win with heart'

Stephan El Shaarawy told Roma to continue the push for a top four finish after beating Torino 3-2. “It was a win earned with heart.”

Nicolò Zaniolo and an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty had put the Giallorossi 2-0 up, but Toro got back to 2-2 before El Shaarawy’s decisive finish.

“It was an important and hard-fought victory. We had done well in the first half, it’s a pity that we conceded those two goals, but always tried to push for the win,” the Little Pharaoh told Roma TV and Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a win we earned with heart. Torino had never lost away from home this season, so we knew it was going to be tough, but we created numerous scoring opportunities.”

El Shaarawy was a substitute after just six minutes, as Cengiz Under pulled up with a thigh strain.

“I had no time to warm up, so it wasn’t easy and I had cramp towards the end, but with help from the team we were able to bring home the points.

“We hope Cengiz Under can recover as quickly as possible.”

This was Roma’s third consecutive Serie A victory and they continue the march towards the Champions League places.

“That is absolutely our objective and we’ve got to continue like this.”

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