SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 14 May 2016 (19.45 UK)
Milan 1 - 3 Roma
Salah 19 (R), El Shaarawy 59 (R), Emerson 82 (R), Bacca 86 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Roma humiliated Cristian Brocchi’s Milan at San Siro, though ultimately the result made no difference for either side.

The Rossoneri knew even a victory might not be enough, as they needed Sassuolo to slip up against Inter too, but Europa League qualification could still come from the Coppa Italia Final with Juventus on May 21. Cristian Brocchi missed Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonelli, Jeremy Menez, Rodrigo Ely and M’Baye Niang, so Alessio Romagnoli was moved to a left-back role. Diego Perotti, William Vainqueur and Seydou Keita didn’t make the trip.

Radja Nainggolan drilled wide and Mohamed Salah failed to make the most of a terrible Alex back-pass, scuffing his angled drive with only Gigio Donnarumma to beat.

Salah didn’t waste a chance like that twice and placed his cool finish past Donnarumma when the offside trap failed in midfield on a Kevin Strootman pass.

Donnarumma was decisive on Pjanic, plugged the gap when Salah sprinted past Philippe Mexes and got down well to deal with an Alessandro Florenzi strike.

Mario Balotelli was hooked at half-time to make way for Luiz Adriano and Keisuke Honda horribly blasted over the bar after a poor clearance.

El Shaarawy scored against his parent club with a delightful control on Pjanic’s chipped ball over the top, delicately finishing past Donnarumma. The Little Pharaoh refused to celebrate against his former fans.

Francesco Totti came off the bench and almost scored with his first touch, an indirect free kick inside the penalty area flapped away by Donnarumma’s trailing hand.

Honda’s diving header on a Mattia De Sciglio cross forced Wojciech Szczesny to palm it round the base of the far post, but Roma remained very comfortable.

Just as the home fans were mocking their own team by chanting ‘ole’ at every Roma pass, that move led to a third goal. Totti’s back-heel flick set up Salah for a shot that Donnarumma parried with one hand, but the teenage goalkeeper could do nothing on Emerson Palmieri’s follow-up.

Donnarumma kept the scoreline down with a desperate save on Pjanic, but Carlos Bacca did get a consolation goal when he got his chest to a Davide Calabria cross and toe-poked it over the line.


Milan: Donnarumma; De Sciglio, Alex (Calabria 66), Mexes, Romagnoli; Kucka, Locatelli, Bertolacci (Bonaventura 57); Honda; Bacca, Balotelli (Luiz Adriano 46)
Roma: Szczesny; Florenzi, Manolas, Rudiger, Digne; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman (Totti 63); Pjanic; Salah (Dzeko 85), El Shaarawy (Emerson 78)
Ref: Rizzoli