AS Roma’s Champion’s League hopes took a huge hit as they lost 2-0 to an impressive AC Milan side.
Roma were the better team during the first half but both sides only produced one clear chance each. The second half, however, was one-way traffic with Milan looking by far the better side.
They eventually got their breakthrough in the 75th minute through Ante Rebic, and Hakan Calhanoglu doubled the Rossoneri’s lead in the 90th minute from the spot.
The first big chance came after 20 minutes, when Eden Dzeko flashed a header wide from six yards out. It was exactly the sort of chance the Romanisti have become accustomed to seeing him bury.
Milan’s best chance fell to Calhanoglu after 38 minutes. Samu Castillejo floated a cross in but the Turkish international headed over the bar at the far post.
Milan finally took the lead with 15 minutes to go through Rebic. A scissor kick from Frank Kessie was saved by Mirante. Rebic hit the rebound but it struck Mirante and bounced off the post straight back to the Croatian, who then lashed it into the roof of the net at the second time of asking.
The goal was no more than Milan deserved, having penned Roma into their own half for most of the second half. Roma struggled to create any clear chances in the second half, but Milan looked slick and energetic.
Roma’s attempts to salvage something from the game were dashed when Chris Smalling tripped Theo Hernandez in the box. It was unfortunate for Smalling, who had been very solid once again at the back for Roma. It was that sort of lapse in concentration that resulted in him losing his place in the Manchester United side last season.
Calhanoglu decisively dispatched the penalty into the top left corner and gave Milan some breathing space for the five minutes of added time. Roma failed to threaten a comeback in stoppage time.
The result means that Paolo Fonseca’s Roma may well have blown their chance of securing Champion’s League football for next season. They’re now six points behind Atalanta in fourth, who have played a game less. Their game in hand is away at Udinese on Sunday evening.
For Milan, the result means they’ve clawed themselves to 42 points, level with Napoli who occupy sixth position. Napoli are at home to SPAL on Sunday evening however, so Milan may find themselves three points behind again.
It’s SPAL who Milan face next. They’ll be travelling to Emilia-Romagna for that game on the 1st July. Roma will look to bounce back a day later at the Stadio Olympico, where they host Udinese.