A week after an embarrassing Derby Della Capitale defeat, Roma traveled to AC Milan to right the wrong of last week.
Surely they did with a professional performance against a very poor and underwhelming AC Milan side. A first half double from Edin Dzeko gave Roma a first half 2-0 lead. Mario Pasalic pulled one back with a back post diving header. But Roma added two late second half goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and a penalty from Daniele De Rossi after Gabriel Paletta fouled Mohamed Salah and picked up his 4th Red card of the season.
Roma took the lead after 7 minutes, Mohamed Salah won the ball in the Milan half and played a lovely one-two with Edin Dzeko who curled a lovely effort into the top corner past the outstretch Gianluigi Donnarumma. Mohamed Salah fired over the crossbar from 12 yards out after a cross from Diego Perotti from the left hand side.
Poor distribution from Daniele De Rossi who gave the ball to Gerard Deulofeu who had a deflected effort which wrong footed Szczesny. From the resulting corner, Milan had strong penalty claims waved away as Manolas appeared to bring down Gabriel Paletta. Mati Fernandez then fired over from outside of the area.
At the other end Emerson cutting in from the right hand side had a snapshot effort comfortably saved by Donnarumma. Diego Perotti in a central position curled a lovely effort which was brilliantly tipped onto the post by the young Milan goalkeeper.
Jose Sosa took aim from at least 35 yards out with a thunderous effort which was parried away for a corner by Szczesny. Roma doubled their lead after 27 minutes and it came after Milan pressure. Leandro Paredes corner from the left found Edin Dzeko at the near post who headed home from close range with a powerful header.
Roma were so close to adding a third after 37 minutes. Roma so so deadly on the counter attack cut Milan apart with pace, Salah played in Nainggolan who low effort was brilliantly parried away and the rebound fell to Salah who fired over the crossbar from close range.
Roma were fantastic in that first half and were so deadly on the counter attack which caused AC Milan a lot of problems. To be honest Roma were quite wasteful after going 2-0 and really should have been more goals ahead going into the first half break. That first half performance was the reaction that Roma fans and players wanted.
Emerson had the first effort of the second half as Roma inclined to sit back and see what AC Milan offered in attack. The Brazilian full back had a low effort from just outside of the area which was comfortably saved by Donnarruma. Edin Dzeko then wasted a chance to add Roma third and his hat-trick as he fluffed his lines after out doing Gabriel Paletta for pace on the left hand side angle of the 18 yard box.
Substitute Andrea Bertolacci who appeared in the second half for Mati Fernandez fired wide against his former side. Space appeared for Bertolacci 25 yards out from goal and the former Roma midfielder fired wide of Szczesny goal, when maybe better options were available.
AC Milan pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining, a corner from the right hand side found Ocampos who had a flicked header which found Mario Pasalic at the back post with a un marked diving header.
Roma added a third just three minutes later, free kick from Daniele De Rossi found Edin Dzeko who then played in Stephan El Shaarawy to curl in a lovely effort into the top corner past Gianluigi Donnarruma and dent the hopes of an AC Milan comeback.
Roma were awarded a penalty on the 85th minute as Gabriel Paletta brought down Mohamed Salah and picked up his 4th red card of the season. Daniele De Rossi with the long stuttering run up scored the penalty just as Donnarruma got a wrist to it but parried into the right hand bottom corner.
A fantastic response from Roma this evening in the San Siro after the diabolical performance last week against Lazio in the Rome derby. Milan horrible tactics played into Roma hands as they hit Milan on the counter so many times this evening the Milan side couldn’t cope with them. This away win sets up an interesting final 3 games of the season for the race for top and second place. Roma take on Juventus next Sunday knowing well that lead could be cut down to 4 points if Roma manged to pick up the home win. Napoli are also close on the heels and they have to go to Torino next week and have a harder run in with a home game against Fiorentina then away to Sampdoria on the final game of the season. It’s going to be interesting.