Dybala has first hat trick for Roma in win over Torino

ROME (AP) — Paulo Dybala scored his first hat trick for Roma as the home side beat Torino 3-2 in Serie A on Monday.

On a day that Chris Smalling started for Roma for the first time since September, Dybala took all the plaudits.

It was Dybala’s first club hat trick since October 2018, when he was with Juventus. His ninth, 10th and 11th goals in the league lifted Roma four points clear of city rival Lazio, which played Fiorentina late.

Torino remained in 10th place.

Dybala got the opener from the penalty spot three minutes before halftime and Duvan Zapata equalized for the visitors two minutes later when he headed home a corner kick from the left.

Dybala score a splendid second goal after 58 minutes, swerving a 30-yard shot low past goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

The Argentine striker capped a fine performance when he worked a neat one-two with substitute Romelo Lukaku and slotted home from a tight angle.

Smalling’s substitute, Dean Huijsen, conceded an own goal at the end.

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