The Rossoneri secured an important and deserved victory on Sunday, overcoming a strong opponent and keeping a clean sheet in the process. In what was the team’s second Serie A encounter against Roma this season, AC Milan triumphed 2-0 thanks to second-goals from Rebić and Çalhanoğlu, the latter from the penalty spot. This is now our second successive win from three matches since our league return, proving to be a strong indicator of the positive run of form that Coach Pioli’s side is enjoying. In what was a tough test, the hosts gave their all throughout and struck in the latter stages. A big-match victory made all the sweeter given its importance and the fact that it came against a team higher up in the league. It was a collective team-effort against the Giallorossi, topped off with impressive performances from certain individuals. This latest victory on matchday 28 leaves the team in seventh place on 42 points, still very much in the fight for European qualification. However, there is little time to celebrate, with our next match taking place against SPAL at the Stadio Mazza in Ferrara on Wednesday evening at 21:45 CEST. Let’s keep it up.
THE PHOTO GALLERY FROM AC MILAN V ROMA
It was an emotional opening at San Siro on Sunday as both teams paid their respects to those have lost their lives to Covid-19, while also remembering Pierino Prati. Roma enjoyed the better start to the match, going close through Dzeko in the 20th minute. The Rossoneri responded seven minutes later, with Bonaventura meeting a flick from Rebić but proving unable to keep his effort on target. Another opportunity arrived in the 39th minute, this time Çalhanoğlu heading over following a lovely cross from Hernández. The half-time whistle soon arrived after two minutes of added time, putting an end to what was a tight first period. The second half kicked off in similar fashion, with chances arriving early on. However, Milan soon took up a more offensive outlook as the half progressed, with Çalhanoğlu linking up Saelemaekers in the 65th minute before forcing a strong save from Mirante. This was then followed by yet another opportunity just two minutes later, with Paquetá being kept out. It was then in the 76th minute that the Diavolo finally made the breakthrough, with Rebić firing home the rebound after a miraculous save from Mirante prevented an initial effort amongst several chances. As the final whistle drew closer, the Rossoneri put the Giallorossi to the sword in the 89th minute. The team’s second came after Hernández was brought down in the box by Smalling before Çalha then made no mistake from the spot. Full-time came after three minutes of injury time, with Milan bagging all three points.
AC MILAN 2-0 ROMA
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Conti, Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo (54' Saelemaekers), Bonaventura (54' Paquetá), Çalhanoğlu; Rebić (78' Leão). Subs: Begović, A. Donnarumma; Calabria, Gabbia, Laxalt; Brescianini, Biglia, Krunić; Maldini. Coach: Pioli.
ROMA (4-2-3-1): Mirante; Zappacosta, Smalling, Mancini, Spinazzola; Cristante (81' Pastore), Veretout; Kluivert (58' Perez), Pellegrini (81' Diawara), Mkhitaryan (69' Perotti); Dzeko (69' Kalinic). Subs: Fuzato, Cardinali; Bruno Peres, Fazio, Ibanez, Kolarov; Diawara, Villar; Under. Coach: Fonseca.
Referee: Giacomelli from Trieste.
Goals: 76' Rebić (M), 89' pen. Çalhanoğlu (M).
Booked: 22' Pellegrini (R), 41' Castillejo (M), 62' Rebić (M), 91' Veretout (R).
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