Milan 1-3 Roma: El Shaarawy leads charge as Romans beat Rossoneri

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan failed to snatch sixth place from Sassuolo, while AS Roma’s win at the San Siro was in vain as they had to settle for third place.

The Rossoneri failed to qualify for Europa in league placing as their loss against Roma condemned them to seventh place in the Serie A table.

Napoli’s thrashing of Frosinone meant that the side from the capital couldn’t secure automatic Champions League qualification, despite goals from Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy.

Salah gave Roma a 1-0 lead with a lovely finish as the Milan back line allowed the former Chelsea man to get a free shot on goal from inside the area.

Bertolacci challenged De Rossi | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Bertolacci challenged De Rossi | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

For the home side, Juraj Kucka’s header wide from a corner and Balotelli’s angled free kick were the closest the Rossoneri got to a breakthrough.

El Shaarawy, on loan from Milan with view to buy, doubled the lead for Roma when he converted from in close after Miralem Pjanic set ‘Il Faraone’ through on goal.

Gianluigi Donnarumma made a great save just after the hour to deny the freshly introduced hour from and indirect free kick following an adjudged backpass from Milan.

Bonaventura and Honda had chances with less than half an hour left; the former having a half-volley saved and the latter having a header well stopped as Brocchi’s side tried to claw back respectability in a lost cause.

El Shaarawy scores at the home of his former club | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

El Shaarawy scores at the home of his former club | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Emerson compounded the misery with a third goal as Emerson got his first for the club. Salah had a shot well saved by Donnarumma but he could do noting about the rebound as it was crashed into the back of the net for 3-0.

Moments later Pjanic was denied from making it 4-0 when his shot from the edge of the area was stopped well by the 17-year-old Donnarumma.

Carlos Bacca grabbed his 18th goal of the season when he bundled home at the second attempt from a Davide Calabria cross to make it 1-3.

Bonaventura had the last shot of the game; a free-kick tipped over the bar well as Roma extended their unbeaten run to 17 games.

Milan will rely on the Coppa Italia to get into Europa, while Roma failed to crack the top two and automatic Champions League qualification due to Napoli’s win over Frosinone.

 

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