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Zaniolo found the net with a sumptuous strike during the win over Sassuolo..

AS Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo has gone viral for brilliant goal during Sassuolo win

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It's been a tough season for AS Roma so far.

Regarded as one of the finest teams in Italian football, the 2018-19 campaign has marked a disappointing slump and the events of the summer have hit them hard.

In Radja Nainggolan and Alisson Becker, the club were stripped of two important vertebra in the team's spine and recent results have seen them struggle against domestic opposition.

Despite poking their nose into the title race in recent seasons, they have tumbled down the Serie A table and their chances of Champions League qualification are crumbling by the week.

They remain in that very competition at the moment - despite a humiliating defeat to Viktoria Plzen - and find themselves a remarkable 23 points behind league leaders Juventus.

AS Roma 3-1 Sassuolo

Fellow contenders Napoli, Inter Milan, Lazio, Sampdoria and AC Milan all boast greater points tallies as the Italian league trundles towards the halfway stage.

However, the Christmas period was somewhat sweetened for AS Roma fans on Boxing Day as they recovered from the Juventus defeat with a win over Sassuolo.

Their opponents aren't to be sniffed at - finding themselves in eleventh place - but were no match in the Italian capital with Diego Perotti opening the scoring with a penalty. 

AS Roma v US Sassuolo - Serie A

Zaniolo's remarkable goal

Patrik Schick would then double the advantage shortly after, but it was Roma's third goal on the night that attracted plenty of attention across Twitter.

It came virtue of Nicolo Zaniolo, who produced a goal so audacious it's gone viral and his goal has been shared by thousands of football fans amid their festivities.

The exciting 19-year-old literally put two Sassuolo players on their backside, simply stood there toying with them and then eventually scoop-lobbed the ball into the net.

Check out the brilliant goal down below:

Give the lad a medal.

It takes some serious nerve to have the goal at your mercy, make your opponents look like amateurs and then deliver the goal like you don't even care.

Not only that, but it rounded up the game for Roma who had done enough to ensure Khouma Babacar's response was simply a consolation goal.

As for Zaniolo, it's the latest reminder of his incredible ability and the kind of stunt that will spread his expertise to football fans less familiar with his talents.

AS Roma v US Sassuolo - Serie A

The ultimate judge of talent in Rome is the legendary Francesco Totti and he had plenty of encouraging words for a youngster so often compared to himself.

According to the BBC, Totti analysed in December: "He has explosive strength and technique, and everything it takes to become a truly great player.

"Don't let him hear me though. He may yet change course and I don't want that on my shoulders.

Is that the most audacious goal you've seen this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Nicolo Zaniolo
Patrik Schick
Diego Perotti
AS Roma
Serie A

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