Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Milan, Italy
78′ El Shaarawy
86′ Paletta Sent off
87′ De Rossi (P)
Roma responded to last weekend’s Derby della Capitale defeat to Lazio, in brilliant fashion to close the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to seven points as the Giallorossi thrashed ten-men AC Milan 4-1 away at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro).
A first-half brace from Edin Džeko gave the side from the capital a commanding 2-0 half-time lead before Mario Pašalić’s header gave the Rossoneri a brief hope of a comeback. However substitute and former Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy curled home wonderfully into the top-corner to restore the Giallorossi’s two-goal lead before Daniele De Rossi fired home from the penalty-spot late-on after Mohamed Salah was sent tumbling by Gabriel Paletta, who saw red for his challenge.
The visitors started well and went ahead after just eight minutes through Džeko. The Bosnian exchanged a couple of lovely passes with Salah, who found the striker again, who curled the ball home into the top-corner from the edge of the area.
Eight minutes later the Giallorossi very nearly doubled their lead when Diego Perotti surged forward before firing a brilliant curling-effort from-range that Gianluigi Donnarumma terrifically tipped onto the post.
In the 20th minute Roma had a good chance to make it two when a miscued headed-clearance from Leonel Vangioni fell to Džeko, but the striker fired the loose ball over the bar.
Two minutes later the hosts went close when José Sosa fired a powerful swerving-strike from-range that Wojciech Szczęsny did well to palm behind.
In the 28th minute the visitors doubled their lead when a Leandro Paredes corner was met by Džeko, who powerfully headed home past Donnarumma.
Four minutes later Roma went close to a third when Salah found Perotti with a nice back-heel, the Argentine surged forward before firing an effort into the side-netting from a tight-angle.
In the 37th minute the Giallorossi should have made it three. Salah teed up Radja Nainggolan, whose effort from the edge of the area was tipped onto the post by Donnarumma with the loose ball falling to Salah, but he fired the ball over the bar, when he had to score.
Two minutes later the visitors had a good chance to extend their lead when Nainggolan played Perotti through on-goal, but the Argentine’s effort from a tight-angle was smothered by Donnarumma.
Twenty minutes into the restart the visitors went close when a misplaced headed-clearance from Sosa fell to Emerson, but his snapshot was saved well by Donnarumma.
A minute later Roma had another good chance to add to their tally when Nainggolan sent Džeko through on-goal, but the Bosnian dragged his strike well wide.
In the 73rd minute the Giallorossi went close to a third when substitute and former Milan striker El Shaarawy cut-inside to curl an effort that Donnarumma did well to palm away.
Three minutes later the Rossoneri pulled a goal back when substitute Lucas Ocampos’ flick-on following a corner, was headed home by Pašalić at the back-post, to give Milan a glimmer of hope.
However any hope of a comeback had vanished as two minutes later, Roma restored their two-goal margin. A De Rossi freekick was nodded down by Džeko into the path of El Shaarawy, who took a touch before wonderfully curling home into the top-corner past a helpless Donnarumma.
Five minutes from time the visitors had a golden chance to score a fourth from the penalty spot. Salah cut-inside into the penalty-area, feinted to shoot and just as he looked set to pull the trigger, he was brought down by Paletta, who received a straight red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
De Rossi stepped up to fire home the resulting-penalty, although Donnarumma guessed right and got a strong palm to the effort.
The result meant 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 this season as the Giallorossi did the league double against both Inter & Milan for the first time since 1955.