Milan-Roma 3-1, Rossoneri’s trio and Mourinho collapses

The goals scored by Adli in the 11th minute, Giroud in the 56th minute and Theo Hernandez in the 84th minute

Milan beat Roma 3-1 today at the ‘Meazza’ and strengthens their third position in the standings with the success in the match valid for the twentieth day of the 2023-2024 Serie A. The ‘French’ goals from Adli in the 11th minute, Giroud in the 56th minute and Theo Hernandez in the 84th minute decided the postponement on Sunday. Paredes’ penalty goal in the 24th minute of the second half was useless for Mourinho’s Giallorossi, increasingly in crisis after their elimination from the Italian Cup.

The match

In the standings the Rossoneri rise to 42, -9 behind leaders Inter and +9 over fifth-placed Lazio. Third defeat in the last 5 games for the Romans who sink to ninth place in the standings with 29 points.

After less than a minute the first initiative belongs to Milan with a diagonal shot from Giroud saved by Svilar. The Rossoneri took the lead in the 11th minute. Nice move by the hosts who surround Roma and close them in the area, short and quick passes, service to Adli who pretends to kick with his right and then beats Svilar with his left. Having taken the lead, Pioli’s team tries to manage the ball to slow down the pace and get Roma out, with the aim of finding more space in depth. In the 27th minute, good action by Milan with Giroud who frees Pulisic centrally, the American aims for the area and shoots from 20 metres, Svilar saves.

At the half hour mark, another chance for the hosts, Hernandez goes to the back and tries to put a ball in the middle, a cross shot comes out which hits the post and ends up out of the opposite side. A minute after Roma’s response in the central percussion, Cristante for Celik in the penalty area, diagonal conclusion and great save by Maignan. A few minutes pass and Milan starts again at speed with Leao and Hernandez, ball in the middle, Giroud plays for Pulisic who is anticipated at the moment of the serve. In the 38th minute, a new opportunity for Milan who frees Leao on the left, the Portuguese puts in a soft ball, Pulisic gets there but the header from a good position is imprecise. In the 40th minute Roma show up again: Celik for Spinazzola, first-time conclusion with the right foot, Maignan saves in two stages.

Milan started strongly in the second half, in the 3rd minute the first opportunity was for Reijnders who shot from distance, the ball went over the crossbar. In the 11th minute of the second half the Rossoneri doubled their lead with Giroud. Adli handles a ball on the left and puts in a soft cross to the far post for Kjaer who, in turn, heads it for the former Chelsea player who beats Svilar with his head for the second time.

In the 24th minute Roma reopened the match with a penalty awarded for a foul in the area by Calabria on Pellegrini and converted by Paredes. After finding the goal, Roma attacked and tried to put Milan in difficulty who had lost some certainty. However, in the 39th minute the Rossoneri found the third goal which essentially closed the match thanks to Hernandez. Milan goes from right to left, Giroud frees Theo with a heel who throws a powerful left foot past Svilar. In the 45th minute the home side were close to scoring a fourth goal. Great play by Musah, serpentine and conclusion and ball against the post. Curtain.