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December 18, 2010
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 53769
M. Borriello 69'
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Philippe Mexes
90' + 4'
The referee blows for FULLTIME...Roma seal a mammoth three points and close the gap on the leaders to seven points...Milan close the year on a down note but will remain with top of the standings at the turn of the year.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Aleandro Rosi
90' + 2'
The home side are lumping balls forward now in a bid to snatch a late draw...It looks like nothing doing now however as Roma wait for the final seconds to run down.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Zlatan Ibrahimovic
90' + 1'
Borriello leaves the field to widespread whistles and takes a moment to applaud the visiting fans.
Roma are in possession and deep into Milan territory...The Rossoneri are chasing shadows now in a bid to mount a final assault.
Gattuso knocks a ball square across the box as Ronaldinho looks to send it goalbound with a piece of magic...Over the bar..Great chance for Milan.
Ibrahimovic wins a free kick on halfway and a chance for the Diavolo to get men forward...Roma are on the brink of a massive three points here with five minutes left to play.
Boateng robs Burdisso of possession inside the Roma third but the ball rolls out of play and the Lupi avoid danger.
Nesta plays a ball down the middle direct to Boateng up top...The flag goes up as the clock continues to run down for Milan.
Milan are in possession but unable to penetrate...The Lupi are well organised at the back and not letting up as they press hard.
Borriello grabs a loose ball on the edge of the Milan box and takes play towards the left corner...Abate takes no chances and concedes a throw.
Boateng knocks a great ball over the top for Ibrahimovic...The hitman gets a touch with an outstretched leg but his effort finishes wide of the mark.
Ibra slips through the offside trap and chests down a high ball...The Swede looks to knock the ball over Doni...Over the bar, great chance to level gone begging.
The Rossoneri are looking to react now but have been hit by a sucker blow...Roma look buoyed as they press the ball in midfield.
Goal Marco Borriello
Menez hits the byline and knocks a deadly ball into the box...Borriello gets on the end of it...Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooool...Roma have the lead!
Borriello chests on the turn for Adriano but Nesta steps in with a super challenge to block on the edge of the box.
Ibra knocks on to Robinho down the right...The Brazilian is through on goal but the flag is up for offside.
Seedorf plays the ball back to Nesta on halfway and encourages the Rossoneri to maintain possession.
The visitors launch the ball forward from the back and win a throw on halfway...The game is becoming very stop start now as neither side builds up play from the back.
Seedorf plays a clever ball through to Robinho...Cut out by Mexes.
Adriano tracks deep to pick up possession and is downed by Boateng...Roma free kick.
Gattuso whips in a decent cross from the right...Boateng looks to head it on but Mexes blocks in the box.
Borriello takes a nasty challenge from Gattuso and appears to be in great pain...The hitman leaves the field for treatment on his left ankle.
Menez loses the ball on halfway as Abate bursts into Roma territory...The Frenchman then makes up for his sins and wins back the ball with a great challenge to avoid what could have been a real chance for Milan.
Milan push forward through Abate...The wing back cuts in from the right but Riise stops him in his tracks.
The sides are back on the field for the start of the second period..Neither coach has opted to change things as we remain as we were before the break.
45' + 1'
The whistle blows for HALFTIME with the score all square at 0-0...Milan started brightly but seemed to lose some sparkle following the exit of Andrea Pirlo through injury...Roma are looking rather shy in attack but are staying composed at the back despite the presence of Ibrahimovic.
The rhythm has dropped now as both sides seem to have the measure of each other at the back..Borriello goes down following a Nesta challenge and Roma win a free kick.
Roma are in possession at the back and have men forward now...Riise gives it away with a useless long ball from deep and the Rossoneri are able to hit back now without running risks in defence.
Menez looks to find Riise in the box with a high cross...The wing-back heads it down for Adriano but Nesta steps in to clear.
Abate comes crashing into Menez inside the Roma half and concedes a foul...The visitors have a chance now to get men forward.
Seedorf puts a sloppy ball back to Antonini which Menez looks to steal with a quick dash...The full back manages to clear but is forced to concede a throw.
Gattuso knocks a great ball over the Roma defence for Ibra! The Swede enters the box one on one with the goalkeeper and looks to slot the ball into the net...Saved by Doni, great work by the Roma 'keeper.
Ibrahimovic skips past Mexes on the left and fires a low cross into the box..Burdisso sticks out a leg and manages to block the danger at the near post.
Adriano finds Menez down the middle...The Frenchman skips past Abate and fires a wild shot on goal...Over the bar and into the stands, first real chance for the visitors.
De Rossi looks to find Simplicio down the left flank but the Brazilian loses his footing...Abate collects at the back.
Simplicio feeds a ball through to Adriano who takes a poor touch and loses out to Nesta...Roma are yet to test Abbiati who looks rather isolated between the sticks.
Borriello goes down in the box but the referee correctly waves play on..The hitman appeared to have dripped on his own but still gives the official a mouthful for not awarding a spot kick.
Yellow Card Matteo Brighi
The Rossoneri are back on the attack down the left...Seedorf cuts in and shoots low...Nothing doing for Doni who smothers calmly.
The Milan talisman is forced off through what looks like a muscular problem..Seedorf is off the bench getting warmed up.
Pirlo goes down following a nasty challenge from Menez...Milan free kick on halfway.
Robinho looks to find Ibra with a clever through pass but Juan steps in to clean up at the back...Roma have men back in numbers now.
The Diavolo is back in possession and edging forward from the back.
Menez cuts back to De Rossi in the middle of the park...'Capitan Futuro' attempts a wild drive from range...Wide of the mark.
Robinho cuts a low pass back to Gattuso on the edge of the box...The Italian strikes! Over the bar.
Menez runs at three men and then gets blocked in heavy traffic...The Rossoneri are looking well organised at the back and Roma will have to be more creative if they are to find a way through.
Doni steps up for a goal kick and plants the ball straight into touch!! Milan win back possession and are looking threatening.
Robinho dribbles at Mexes and slips past the stopper with a lovely step-over...The Brazilian caresses his shot on goal...Just wide!!
Pirlo runs at Roma and breaks deep into the opposite third...The Italian the floats a delicate ball into the box for Boateng! Just too far and out into touch.
And we're off at the San Siro...Milan are in possession down the right through Boateng.
Milan will be looking to sound off 2010 in dominant fashion with a win against a 'so-called' challenger. Only a win will do for Roma this evening as Claudio Ranieri's men look to cut into the ten point gap separating them from the league leaders.
Good evening and welcome to a chilly evening at the Stadio San Siro. Stay with us here on Goal.com for LIVE play-by-play coverage of Milan-Roma.
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