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Monday February 4 2019
Nobody happy after Roma-Milan

Roma and Milan both feel they could’ve had more than a point, writes Matthew Santangelo, but poor officiating was again centre-stage.

Roma and Milan entered Sunday evening’s pivotal clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome looking to gain something different.

Gennaro Gattuso’s men have been defensively sound over a prolonged stretch and, more recently, feeding off the January acquisitions of Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piatek. Clinching a Coppa Italia semi-final berth with a commanding 2-0 win over Napoli midweek meant the red and black approached a trip to the capital feeling pretty good about their chances to climb up the table after Inter fell to Bologna hours prior to kick-off.

As for Roma, Eusebio Di Francesco sat on the hot-seat and if he was to ensure his safety beyond the weekend, a response in the form of a positive result was required.

Early on, it was clear Roma were not going to lay down. Instead, they fought immediately out of the tunnel, applying pressure onto Milan’s defence, testing Gianluigi Donnarumma and falling into a rhythm that threatened to produce the opening goal. As the match flowed on, and the home side lacked the cutting edge to pull ahead, Paquetá and Piatek linked up to swing momentum in favour of the visitors.

The Pole converted at the front post before teenager Nicolò Zaniolo smashed home via a deflection onto his feet early in the second half to equalize, but that was where the door opened for controversial officiating to negatively impact a match most believed was deserving of a winner.

Fabio Maresca’s inexplicably poor decision making became the latest example in a long line of scandalous officiating performances this season. Besides Suso’s appeal waved off after Aleksandar Kolarov shoved him over in the box, which some claim was a direct result of the Spaniard in an offside position, Maresca’s questionable no-yellow call on Lorenzo Pellegrini that would have seen Roma a man down unfortunately became the main talking point in the post-match.

At face value, perhaps the result was a fair one. Many could make the case Roma deserved more as they peppered Donnarumma often with plenty of shots, only for the Italian teenager to prove unbreakable on the day. The Giallorossi also struck the post and took the lion’s share of the quality chances throughout, putting seven shots on target in what was an overall inspiring effort by Di Francesco’s men to support their Coach.

Even if Milan’s overall performance was a notch or two below the hosts, they must feel hard done by, as stealing three points on the road was possible with proper officiating.

In the end, Roma fans believe two points were left out on the pitch last night, while Milan supporters are within their rights to hold the same opinion.

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Have your say...
So of all 13 of Mirabelli's signings 3 were very good ones and one of those players has already departed. After 250M he failed to fix the teams main issues and people want to complain about Leonardo, Leonardo has made 3 signings better than all of Mirabelli's already.
on the 8th February, 2019 at 9:16pm
@Viktor Mirabelli signed:
Borini (awful)
Silva (flop albeit we will get our money back)
Kalinic (useless)
Hakan (okay but couldve signed a better LW for 20M)
Biglia (injury prone and he paid 20M for a guy with 1 year left at Lazio when Paredes went for 35M)
Bonucci (good signing)
Conti (good signing)
RicRod (good signing)
A.Donnarumma (okay but belli handled the whole Gigio situation appallingly)
Musacchio (okay)
Strinic (injured)
Reina (okay)
Halilovic (awful)
on the 8th February, 2019 at 9:13pm
@dami

Telle me.. who dead-weight. Yes Bertolacci, but he wasn't signed under mirabelli.

I will give you Chanloglu and possibly Biglia but except for those two, who's that bad.

Yes, Leo had done some great work with Paqueta, Piatek and more. Just deal with it.
on the 7th February, 2019 at 9:03am
@Gattuso_out We're also only 4 points off of 3rd place, your just one of those fans who wants to have an agenda. Your also a complete moron if you genuinely believe Leonardo hasnt been a huge upgrade on Mirabelli, he's brought in a young gem from Brazil, turned a bad Pipita situation into us having one of the hottest young strikers in the world right now and Bakayoko who has been our best midfielder. Whereas, half of Mirabelli's signings are deadweight and most will be sold.
on the 6th February, 2019 at 3:03pm
Get ready for blasphemy: SELL SUSO. Aside from thinking that Ringhio is not enough (why always waiting for the 75th minute to make a change?) I also think Suso is extremely overrated. His sole move is to cut in to put the ball on his left foot, and everyone now knows the trick. He's also not that fast and looks like a penguin when he's running. Rather ungraceful really. I've started to call him "El Pinguino". Summer 2019 = hold Baka and bring in two real wingers. Piatek will explode.
on the 5th February, 2019 at 5:32am
Milan played a decent game. Musacchio looked shaky all night, and along side Suso and Calhanoglu let down 8 other players who played their hearts out.

Gattuso needs to grow and learn to make sacrifices, at this stage it must be nostalgia. Calhanoglu in attack is effectively gifting opposition an extra player. Suso on the night was our worst performer (dont count hakans normal level of performing). Our wingers needed off the pitch very early, as they were the reason we couldnt get outta defence.
on the 5th February, 2019 at 5:08am
Because of Gattuso's stupidity and his insistence on the lame Turk, Milan will finish 7th this season, people see 4th place and see all pink and good, not knowing that we are just 3 points away from 8th place, this wont last long if the coach wont throw Calhanoglu away and find a solution for the left wing problem, Leonardo had 5 months to find a winger and he slept all this time, dont know who is worse him or Mirabelli
on the 4th February, 2019 at 10:34pm
Milan 4th or not, bakayoko is a MUST buy. saying that de rossi & dona were excellent last night. was defo a pen on suso & 2nd yellow for pelligrini
on the 4th February, 2019 at 10:30pm
Milan performed below par @ Roma but we can't expect them to put in world class performances week in week out, after the form in the first part of the season. The team is in transition but the recent two additions have helped. Caldara and Conti need to return to the first team quickly. calhanoglu needs to be dropped. Give Laxalt a run he played decently last week. If we grind out results we can make 4th place and then rebuild in the summer.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 9:56pm
well there were similar powers on each side so the tie is ok. AC had godlike Gigio and Piatek, Paqueta, AS on the other hand had referee...
on the 4th February, 2019 at 8:16pm
@Anonymous

"Vikbore being a biased self-centered narcissist as usual"

Honey, I thought I gave you this lecture before. Let`s try again. You -cannot- be a narcissist without being send-centered. If you wanna talk trash, at least get your facts straight. And no, not a single Italian media agrees that the ref did wrong on both sides, Milan should have a penalty and Pellegrini should have been sent off and that's that. Yes Donnarumma did super but facts remains, clear pent and a red card for Roma.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 8:09pm
One game should not matter in a season and even though a Red card and penalty should've gone in Milan's favour but did not, I am generally happy with Milan's 2019 performances. And for the first time in a long time I feel optimistic about the future. 4th place is very possible this season and if it does happen we will have more financial freedom to make additional purchases in the summer.

Forza Milan.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 3:56pm
we were lucky to get a draw. sat back too much & no pace on the counter. should have brought laxalt on for chala & cutrone for piatek a lot earlier. kessie needs to improve his passing & control big time. he also needs competition. suso needs to release the bal earlier. musacchio & calabria look very shaky. abate & zapata more solid. where was conti?
on the 4th February, 2019 at 3:17pm
Vikbore being a biased self-centered narcissist as usual. Ref was bad for both teams. Goalies made the dif. Roma let in a soft goal and Dommas kept Milan from conceeding at least 2 or 3.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 2:57pm
From a Milan POV I would have taken a point before kick off so not too disappointed with the result. Important to win your home games and not lose away and you won't be too far away come the end of the season
on the 4th February, 2019 at 12:57pm
Fair result for both teams with both coaches in doubt to remain next season.
Firing DiFra is not the right move at the moment. The rumored Sousa is not any better than DiFra, Pallotta & Monchi should focus more on strengthening the squad (esp.defence) and a very decent coach.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 12:08pm
Meeh.... a draw was a the right result maybe even Milan got a bit lucky. However just as the author points out.

1. That should have been a penalty or at least worthy of a VAR check up.

2. Def a second yellow on Pellegrini.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 10:40am
I’m happy. A draw in Rome against Roma is acceptable. Against Cagliari in San Siro would not be. If we defeat the teams that are worse than us we’ll finish minimum fourth.
on the 4th February, 2019 at 10:09am

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