ROME — Five days after a humiliating 6-1 rout by Barcelona in the Champions League, Roma's defensive deficiencies were highlighted again in a 2-0 loss at home to Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.
Alejandro Gomez intercepted a poor pass from Roma defender Lucas Digne to score from outside the area before halftime. Then substitute fullback Maicon was sent off for tripping Gomez to set up a penalty for German Denis eight minutes from the end.
Roma remained fourth, wasting a chance to pull level with leader Inter Milan, which visits second-place Napoli on Monday.
Roma has scored a league-best 29 goals but has conceded 17 — more than twice as many as both Inter and Napoli.
Later, four-time defending champion Juventus was aiming for its fourth consecutive win at Palermo.