AC Milan played AS Roma tonight at the San Siro, in what appeared to be some heavy rain, however, Milan were able to overcome the conditions to play an exciting match that saw two goals disallowed through VAR and a late-gasp winner from Milan’s Patrick Cutrone.
Suso fired in a good looking cross/shot in the 10th minute which was snagged by the Roma keeper, as Higuain was lurking in the box, just waiting for a decent ball to come near him to get an attempt on goal.
Davide Calabria came close in the 16th minute, as a powerful shot skimmed the post after he beat the offside trap in the box and was able to unleash a good shot on goal. Suso put a beautiful shot on net from about 30 yards out in the 28th minute and earnerd Milan a corner after Olson was only able to parry the ball aside.
Milan had another good chance in the 36th minute, as Franck Kessie drove in down the right hand side. A few crosses were put into the box, but they weren’t able to connect on any of them. Rodriguez had a fine cross that was sent in, but it ended up falling to Suso, who tried to pick out Calabria, who wasn’t on the same page and the attack fizzled out.
Franck Kessie broke the deadlock in the 40th minute after a brilliant cross in the box by Rodriguez. Rodriguez was able to turn his man around, and got a free look with his right foot, and they lashed a powerful cross right across the face of goal, and Kessie was able to easily beat his man to the back post and he just had to knock in the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game.
Roma got a few chances right after halftime, but Milan put some pressure on in the 51st minute, as Higuain’s cross in the box had to be played into touch as Suso was bearing down in the box.
Milan earned a second corner, but Roma was able to get a breakaway off of the corner and El Shaarawy was streaking towards goal, but Donnarumma came off his line and cleared the ball with an inch-perfect sliding tackle.
Muccashio put a ball into touch and out for a corner, blocking a shot that looked like it could have troubled Donnarumma in the 57th minute, but Milan dealt with the corner well and cleared it.
However, Milan didn’t clear the next corner well, as Roma was able to get a free shot in the box after Donnarumma’s awkward punch wasn’t cleared. After a scuffed clearance, Roma’s Frederico Fazio was able to put a shot into the back of the net.
Gonzalo Higuain appeared to have given Milan the lead back almost immediately, but his goal was ruled to be offside by the slimmest of margins after the call on the pitch was reversed by VAR. It was a very tight call, and considering all of the close offside calls that had gone against Milan so far in the match, it seemed a little harsh.
While VAR took an early goal away from Milan, VAR did Milan a solid by ruling that a goal by Steven Nzonzi should be disallowed for hand ball.
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The game appeared to be ending as a 1-1 draw, but after an absolutely cracking pass by Higuain, after an ugly turnover by Nzonzi, Patrick Cutrone was able to easily beat the keeper and slot home the winning goal with the last kick of the match.