Preview - AC Milan vs Roma 2 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 02, 2017, 01:48 AM

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AC Milan vs Roma

All eyes are on under-fire Vincenzo Montella as he hosts his old club Roma in a crucial San Siro showdown. Both teams are locked on 12 points, although Roma have a game in hand. It will be interesting to see whether Montella will start new buys Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu. The former scored in midweek's Europa League thriller, a 3-2 win over Rejika. Roma boosted their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win at Qarabag, and will be looking for a fourth league win on the bounce. They have won all last three meetings against Milan.

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Match Stats:

  • AC Milan 0-2 Roma
  • Shots: 12-12
  • Possession: 47%-53%
  • Corner kicks: 5-5


Second-half goals from Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi were enough to secure a 2-0 win for Roma at AC Milan as Eusebio Di Francesco increased the pressure on his friend and San Siro counterpart Vincenzo Montella.

Clear chances were at a premium for much of a match that was billed as a direct contest between the two coaches, who remain close after winning the Scudetto together at the Giallorossi in 2000-01.

The Milan boss had joked before the game about Carlo Ancelotti, sacked by Bayern Munich last week, joining him as an assistant but the availability of a Rossoneri great could give the incumbent real cause for concern should recent struggles continue for his team, who finished the match with 10 men when Hakan Calhanoglu received a second yellow card in the 80th minute.

Milan underwent an expensive makeover in the off-season but have now lost their last two league matches and trail the early Scudetto contenders in seventh spot.

Roma meanwhile are fifth thanks to their fourth league victory in succession.

Stern tests await both teams after the international break, with the Rossoneri due to face in-form neighbours Inter in the Milan derby and Roma set to host table-topping Napoli at Stadio Olimpico.

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