Dzeko double helps Roma to Serie A win
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Roma forward Edin Dzeko has a point to prove.
He wasn't the striker Roma hoped for after it signed him from Manchester City in August 2015. Last season was full of disappointment.
But he's finally showing his ruthlessness, with two more goals as Roma beat Napoli 3-1 on Saturday in a top-of-the-Serie A clash.
Dzeko, who also scored twice for Bosnia and Herzegovina midweek, has seven goals in eight league appearances this season - just one less than he scored in 31 appearances in his debut Serie A campaign.
He tops the scoring charts, one ahead of Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, and AC Milan's Carlos Bacca.
``I've had pre-season with the squad, I feel good, I feel everyone's confidence in me,'' Dzeko said when asked what had changed from last season.
``I'm happy for myself and for the team which won a difficult match.
``The criticism was normal, it wasn't my best year. For that reason I wanted to do better this season and at the moment it's going good.''
Dzeko netted his first goal two minutes from halftime when Mohamed Salah stole the ball off Kalidou Koulibaly at the byline and swung in a cross for Dzeko to volley home.
He doubled his tally nine minutes after the interval, placing a header into the bottom left corner from Alessandro Florenzi's free kick.
Koulibaly atoned for his earlier error by rising highest at the near post to head in a corner off the opposite upright, and getting Napoli straight back into the game.
But Salah sealed matters four minutes from time, beating the offside trap to race forward and fire in off the base of the left post.
It was Roma's first away win of the season, and the capital club leapfrogged Napoli into second spot, five points behind Juventus.
Napoli is two points further back after its first league defeat at Stadio San Paolo since May 2015.
In contrast to Dzeko, Paulo Dybala had a great debut season at Juventus but struggled at the start of the current campaign.
However, he scored for the third successive match, in all competitions, netting twice as his side fought back to beat Udinese 2-1.
It was former Juventus coach Luigi Delneri's first match in charge of Udinese after replacing Giuseppe Iachini during the international break.
Elsewhere, Sampdoria and Pescara shared the points after a 1-1 draw.
Pescara moved a point off the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's matches. Sampdoria is two points above the bottom three.