AC Milan signed a very nice stroke this Sunday in the race for Europe by disposing of AS Rome (2-0).
The decisive goal was scored by Ante Rebic a quarter of an hour from the end. The Croatian, a real surface fox, took back in two stages a ball deviated by the Roman defense following a volley by Franck Kessie.
Even if the Louve had been the most enterprising so far, this opening score was not stolen for the locals. In the 1st period, they were close to finding the fault twice with tests by Bonaventura (27th) and Calhanoglu (36th). And at the return of the locker room, before the first goal, Calhanoglu (65th), again him, and Lucas Paqueta (67th) carried the danger in front, but Mirante had taken care of the grain.
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At 1-0, we thought Roma left to fight. It wasn’t really the case. While they had managed to be threatening before, notably with a skirmish by Dzeko (20th), the Romans were no longer so when their backs to the wall. On the contrary, they collapsed. In the 88th, Chris Smalling dropped Théo Hernandez into the box, and Calhanoglu stepped forward to transform the penalty and seal the fate of the game.
By winning, Milan (7th) returns to six points from their opponent of the day in the ranking (5th). As there are still ten days to go, Stefano Pioli’s team can still fully believe in qualifying for the Europa League. For the C1, it’s a different story, but there is little hope.