Roma up to third with comfortable win over Verona

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ROME, Italy (Reuters) - Three goals inside the first half an hour earned AS Roma a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday, with the win moving Paulo Fonseca's side above champions Juventus and into third in the standings.

Gianluca Mancini opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a header from a corner, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second with a fine finish two minutes later, the Armenian taking his tally to nine league goals for the season.

Borja Mayoral was alert to the loose ball to score a third in the 29th minute.

Verona substitute Ebrima Colley got the visitors back into the match in the 62nd minute, with Roma looking nervous at the back as Verona pressed for another, but the home side stood firm to see out the win.

The victory moves Roma on to 40 points, one point ahead of Juventus in fourth having played one game more. They are six points behind leaders AC Milan. Verona stay ninth with 30 points.

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Pritha Sarkar)