Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan, Italy
78′ El Shaarawy
86′ Paletta Sent off
87′ De Rossi (P)
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FT: The result means that Roma leapfrogged Napoli into second on 78 points, seven points behind leaders Juventus, while AC Milan remained in sixth on 59 points. The victory was the fourth for Roma against both Milan sides, as the Giallorossi did the league double against both Inter & Milan for the first time since 1955.
FT: Milan’s best chance in the second-half was the goal they scored. They were very disappointing defensively and have Donnarumma to thank for keeping the scoreline lower than it should have been as it could have been five or six. Paletta also saw red late-on for his challenge, which resulted in a penalty, which was converted by De Rossi.
FT: The visitors were rarely troubled in truth and shifted into third gear but since Pašalić’s goal, the Giallorossi switched on to make sure of all three points. First Emerson went close when his snapshot was saved by Donnarumma before Džeko dragged an effort just wide. El Shaarawy then produced a good save from Donnarumma before the former Milan striker curled home after Pašalić’s header. Salah then had an effort blocked before De Rossi made it four from the penalty-spot after Paletta’s challenge sent Salah tumbling in the area.
FT: So Roma comfortably defeat Milan to close the gap on leaders Juventus to seven points.
90′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
89′ Peres wins a corner.
87′ Final Milan change sees Sosa replaced by Gustavo Gómez.
87′ Goal!! De Rossi fires the penalty home although Donnarumma guessed right and got a palm to the effort.
86′ Dismissal!! Paletta receives a straight red card for his challenge, which denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
85′ Penalty!! Salah cuts-inside into the penalty-area, he feints to shoot but just as he looks set to pull the trigger, Paletta brings the striker down.
85′ Paredes wins a freekick.
83′ Final Roma change sees Bruno Peres replace Džeko.
81′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the hosts.
81′ Chance!! Salah tees up Grenier, whose poor touch allows the ball to fall to Salah, whose effort is blocked behind for a corner.
78′ Goal!! De Rossi’s freekick is nodded down by Džeko into the path of El Shaarawy, who takes a touch before curling home into the top-corner.
76′ Ocampos is booked for a cynical foul on Salah.
76′ Goal!! The delivery is flicked-on by Ocampos into the path of Pašalić, who heads home at the back-post.
74′ Manolas concedes a corner.
73′ Close!! El Shaarawy cuts-inside to curl an effort that Donnarumma does well to palm away.
71′ Bertolacci wins a freekick.
71′ Second Roma change sees Clément Grenier replace the injured Nainggolan.
69′ Slight delay in the match as Nainggolan is down with an injury.
68′ Second Milan change sees Vangioni replaced by Lucas Ocampos.
67′ Bertolacci fires an effort wide from-range.
66′ Lapadula is penalised for a foul on Manolas.
66′ Chance!! Nainggolan sends Džeko through on-goal but the Bosnian drags the ball wide.
65′ Close!! A misplaced headed-clearance from Sosa falls to Emerson, whose snapshot is saved well by Donnarumma.
63′ Nainggolan is penalised for a foul.
62′ Manolas and Bertolacci are booked for a coming together off the ball, although the Roma defender did very little.
60′ De Sciglio is penalised for a challenge on El Shaarawy despite getting the ball cleanly.
59′ First Roma change sees the injured Perotti replaced by former Milan player Stephan El Shaarawy.
58′ Džeko is penalised for a foul on Zapata.
58′ Emerson wins a freekick after a foul from Lapadula, who receives a yellow card for a flailing arm.
54′ Paredes wins a freekick after a foul from Pašalić.
52′ Paredes is penalised for a foul on Vangioni.
51′ Suso’s delivery is met by Lapadula, who heads wide but the referee penalises the striker for a foul on Emerson.
51′ Emerson concedes a corner.
47′ Vangioni is booked for a cynical foul on Salah.
47′ Paredes is penalised for a foul on Bertolacci.
46′ Sosa’s delivery is cleared.
45′ Deulofeu wins a corner.
45′ Milan get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Milan make their first change with Fernández replaced by Andrea Bertolacci.
HT: So will Roma add to their tally to put the tie to bed or will Milan produce a surprise come back to dent Roma’s title aspirations? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Roma will need to find another goal to put the tie to bed but they will also need to be wary of Milan’s threat on the break. Milan have to score if they are to come back in this match but they will need to be more clinical in front of goal. Milan do have Carlos Bacca on the bench as well as a number of quality of players on the bench, who may be summoned if their performance fails to improve. Roma will need to be more clinical themselves, they have had a catalog of chances to extend their lead and they will not want to rue their missed opportunities.
HT: Milan have been rather disappointing. They have got into some promising positions but have been wasteful in the final third with Deulofeu delaying the key-pass. Lapadula has been quiet although he has been deprived of service. Their best chance fell to Sosa, whose powerful effort from-range forced Szczęsny into a fine save.
HT: The visitors have been very impressive thus far as much as Milan have been poor. The Giallorossi have created a number of good chances and may well have scored four or five had it not been for the heroics of Donnarumma. First Džeko fired the ball home in what was their first real chance before Emerson tested Donnarumma. Perotti then went very close when his curling-effort from-range was tipped onto the post by Donnaruma before a misplaced clearance from Vangioni fell to Džeko, who fired the ball over the bar. Džeko then doubled their lead with a header before Perotti fired an effort into the side-netting from a tight-angle. Salah then curled an effort just wide before Salah fired the loose ball over the bar after Nainggolan’s strike was tipped onto the post by Donnarumma. Perotti was then denied by Donnarumma from a tight-angle.
HT: So Roma comfortably lead at the break.
45+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ The corner is cleared by Vangioni into the path of Nainggolan, who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar on the volley.
44′ Paletta concedes a corner.
43′ Paredes’ corner is punched clear by Donnarumma.
43′ De Sciglio concedes a corner.
42′ Nainggolan fires an effort just wide of the top-corner from-range.
41′ The delivery is cleared before Perotti wins a freekick after a foul from Suso.
40′ De Rossi concedes a corner.
39′ Chance!! Nainggolan plays Perotti through on-goal but the Argentine’s effort from a tight-angle is smothered by Donnarumma.
37′ So close!! Salah tees up Nainggolan, who fires an effort that Donnarumma tips onto the post with the loose ball falling to Salah but he fires the ball over the bar.
36′ Close!! Perotti finds Salah with a fine cross-field pass, the Egyptian cuts-inside but he curls his effort wide of the target.
34′ Deulofeu’s corner comes to nothing as his delivery goes out for a goal-kick.
34′ Manolas concedes a corner.
32′ Close!! Salah finds Perotti with a nice back-heel and the Argentine surges forward before firing an effort into the side-netting from a tight-angle.
32′ Paredes’ delivery is worked-well, eventually finding Nainggolan, whose effort is blocked.
31′ Perotti wins a corner.
31′ Lapadula is caught offside.
30′ Deulofeu’s teasing delivery towards Zapata is tipped behind by Szczęsny but the referee awards a goal-kick.
30′ Manolas concedes a corner.
28′ Goal!! Paredes’ delivery is met by Džeko, who powerfully heads home past Donnarumma.
26′ Perotti wins a corner.
24′ Manolas is penalised for a foul.
23′ Lapadula is penalised for handball.
22′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.
22′ Close!! Sosa fires a powerful strike from-range that Szczęsny does well to palm behind.
20′ Chance!! A miscued headed-clearance from Vangioni falls to Džeko, who fires the loose ball over the bar.
18′ The corner is initially dealt with before Nainggolan fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.
17′ Emerson wins a corner.
16′ So close!! Perotti surges forward before firing a fine effort from-range that Donnarumma brilliantly tips onto the post.
16′ Close!! Emerson cuts-inside to fire an effort that Donnarumma parries before gathering at the second-attempt.
15′ Fernández fires an effort wide from-range.
14′ The corner is taken short before Zapata heads the ball just wide from a Vangioni cross.
14′ Deulofeu fires an effort that deflects just wide into the side-netting.
11′ Perotti finds Salah with a cross but the Egyptian fires the ball just over the bar on the half-volley.
10′ Deulofeu’s corner is eventually cleared.
9′ Sosa wins a corner after his strike deflects behind.
9′ Sosa wins a freekick after a foul from Džeko.
8′ Goal!! Džeko exchanges a couple of lovely passes with Salah, who finds the Bosnian, who curls home into the top-corner from the edge of the area.
5′ Play resumes.
4′ Play is halted as Manolas is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
4′ Lapadula is penalised for a foul on De Rossi.
3′ Jesus is penalised for a foul on Suso.
0′ Deulofeu is caught offside.
0′ Roma get the game underway.
A.C. Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK), Leonel Vangioni, Gabriel Paletta, Cristián Zapata, Mattia De Sciglio, Matías Fernández, José Sosa, Mario Pašalić, Gerard Deulofeu, Gianluca Lapadula, Suso
A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Daniele De Rossi, Leandro Paredes, Radja Nainggolan, Diego Perotti, Mohamed Salah, Edin Džeko