Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy
26′ Niang Penalty saved
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FT: The result means that Roma remain in second but now move onto 35 points, four behind leaders Juventus, who they face on Saturday. Milan missed the chance to leapfrog their opponents and remain in third on 32 points.
FT: The match could have been so different had Niang slotted home the penalty, but Szczęsny’s save proved crucial for the hosts, who capitalised to take all three points and close the gap on leaders Juventus.
FT: The hosts controlled the second-half and found the winner through Nainggolan, who curled home brilliantly to put the Giallorossi ahead. Džeko had a few opportunities to double the lead when he met a De Rossi freekick but his effort was palmed away by Donnarumma, although he was offside. He then forced the young keeper into a fine save at his near-post.
FT: The visitors didn’t offer much of a threat in the second-half but did go close when Pašalić fired an effort just wide on the edge of the area. The Rossoneri were restricted to shots from-range and couldn’t beat Szczęsny, who didn’t seem to be troubled since making the save that denied Niang from the penalty-spot. Locatelli and Fernández did go close in the latter stages but both produced routine saves for the Polish goalkeeper.
FT: So Niang’s saved penalty proves to be costly for Milan after Nianggolan’s fine curling strike.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+2′ Perotti wins a freekick after a foul from De Sciglio.
90’+1′ Emerson is penalised for a foul.
90’+1′ El Shaarawy is penalised for a foul on Paletta.
90’+1′ Džeko wins a freekick.
90′ Chance!! Fernández fires an effort at goal that Szczęsny saves well at the near-post.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
88′ Rüdiger wins a freekick.
86′ Fernández wins a freekick.
85′ The delivery is cleared.
85′ The corner is flicked-on by Suso, but the ball deflects behind for another corner.
84′ Rüdiger concedes a corner.
84′ Close!! The delivery is cleared to Locatelli, whose volley from-range is saved well by Szczęsny.
83′ Final Milan change sees Keisuke Honda replace Pašalić.
83′ Rüdiger receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Fernández.
81′ The delivery is cleared.
81′ Chance!! Džeko wins possession and surges forward before firing an effort that Donnarumma palms behind for a corner at his near-post.
80′ Chance!! The delivery from De Rossi is met by Džeko, whose header is palmed away by Donnarumma but the flag was up as the Bosnian was marginally offside.
79′ Abate is penalised for a foul on El Shaarawy, who wins a freekick in a good position.
78′ The delivery is met by Rüdiger, but he heads well wide although the flag was up for offside.
78′ Paletta receives a yellow card for a late challenge on El Shaarawy, who wins a freekick in a good position.
76′ Perotti wins a freekick after a foul from Adriano.
76′ Fernández wins a freekick.
75′ De Rossi’s freekick hits the wall.
74′ Džeko wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Locatelli.
72′ Manolas wins a freekick.
71′ Second Milan change sees Luiz Adriano replace Lapadula.
69′ Nainggolan just overhits a cross towards Džeko.
67′ Perotti wins a freekick.
66′ First Milan change sees Bertolacci replaced by Matías Fernández.
65′ Milan break on the counter before Lapadula fires an effort wide from-range.
63′ De Rossi fires an audacious effort harmlessly wide on the volley from-range.
63′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.
62′ Goal!! Nainggolan controls the ball well and beats his man before firing a curling effort home past Donnarumma with his weaker left-foot.
61′ Perotti surges forward before firing an effort into the side-netting.
60′ An Emerson cross is headed wide by Nainggolan.
56′ Perotti wins a freekick.
56′ Niang is penalised for a foul on Manolas.
55′ The short-corner is cleared to Perotti, who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.
54′ Fazio wins a corner.
54′ Bertolacci wins a freekick.
52′ Rüdiger wins a freekick after a foul from Niang.
52′ Close!! Pašalić fires an effort just wide from the edge of the area.
49′ The corner comes to nothing as Manolas is penalised for a foul.
49′ Donnarumma concedes a corner as he cannot prevent a deflected cross from going out.
48′ Close!! Suso fires an effort from-range that Szczęsny saves well.
45′ Milan get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Roma make Milan rue their missed penalty or will it be Milan who strikes first? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Roma have been a threat on the flanks and have got into a number of promising positions, but have lacked creativity in the final third with the final pass letting them down. Peres’ injury is a huge blow for the hosts although El Shaarawy will help in giving Džeko more support. Both sides have been sloppy in possession and gifted the opposition the ball when in good positions. Lapadula has made some fine runs but hasn’t been provided with the right service as of yet. Roma need to be more clinical in front of goal given they’ve had the better chances and knowing the threat of Suso and Niang on the break.
HT: Roma did create a few chances and went close when Džeko forced Donnarumma into a fine save after just a minute. Fazio had two good heading opportunities, first his looping header was saved comfortably before heading over the bar. Rüdiger also headed a corner wide before Džeko missed by inches after a fine pass from the former.
HT: Despite Roma having more of the ball in the first 45 minutes and creating a number of good chances, it was Milan who had the best chance from the penalty-spot after Szczęsny bundled Lapadula to the ground. Niang stepped up but his tame effort was palmed away by Szczęsny. The visitors went close when a teasing pass from Suso just evaded Lapadula, who just needed a touch.
HT: So we’re goalless at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.
45’+3′ Nainggolan wins a corner but the referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.
45′ There will be three additional minutes.
43′ Džeko tries to pull the ball back towards El Shaarawy but Donnarumma makes a vital interception.
41′ First Roma change sees El Shaarawy replace the injured-Peres.
41′ Peres leaves the field on a stretcher.
39′ Peres looks as though he’s going to have to be replaced and Stephan El Shaarawy is being prepared to take his place.
36′ Slight delay in the match as Peres is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
36′ Rüdiger is penalised for a foul on Niang.
35′ Close!! Džeko is found by a fine cross-field pass from Rüdiger, the Bosnian controls the ball on his chest before firing an effort inches wide of the far-post.
34′ Džeko wins a freekick.
28′ Džeko wins a freekick.
27′ The corner comes to nothing.
26′ Penalty saved!! Niang stutters in the run-up before seeing his spot-kick saved by Szczęsny, who guesses right to palm the penalty behind for a corner and atone for his error. It was a poor penalty from Niang in truth.
25′ Penalty!! Lapadula gets to a through-ball ahead of Szczęsny, who brings the striker down and the referee points to the spot.
24′ The corner is eventually cleared.
23′ Niang wins a corner.
22′ The corner is eventually cleared.
21′ Emerson wins a corner after his cross is blocked by Paletta.
21′ Bertolacci is back on the pitch.
19′ Bertolacci has to leave the field due to a large amount of blood on his shirt, which needs to be replaced.
19′ The short-corner is sent in but is headed wide by Rüdiger.
18′ Romagnoli concedes a corner.
17′ Emerson is caught late by Pašalić, who receives a yellow card.
16′ Close!! Suso sends in a teasing delivery that just evades Lapadula.
16′ The delivery is cleared.
16′ Peres is caught by De Sciglio.
14′ Džeko is caught offside.
11′ Peres wins a freekick.
9′ Lapadula wins a freekick.
8′ Džeko is caught offside.
7′ Lapadula is penalised for a foul.
6′ De Rossi’s dangerous delivery is punched clear by Donnarumma, who wins a freekick after being caught by Džeko.
5′ Peres wins a freekick after a foul from Niang.
4′ The corner is taken short before the delivery is headed over the bar by Fazio.
3′ Paletta concedes a corner.
2′ The corner is taken short before Fazio heads a looping effort that is straightforward for Donnarumma.
1′ Chance!! Nainggolan finds Džeko, who fires a powerful effort that Donnarumma palms behind at his near-post.
0′ Bertolacci is penalised for a foul.
0′ Roma get the game underway.
A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Emerson, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Antonio Rüdiger, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi, Diego Perotti, Radja Nainggolan, Bruno Peres, Edin Džeko
A.C. Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Mattia De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Ignazio Abate, Andrea Bertolacci, Manuel Locatelli, Mario Pašalić, M’Baye Niang, Gianluca Lapadula, Suso