Gianluca Mancini has given Roma the massive first leg lead in the Europa League quarter-final, as Milan were twice denied by the frame of the goal.

When these sides met in Serie A back in January, Jose Mourinho was still on the Giallorossi bench in a 3-1 defeat, but Daniele De Rossi transformed their fortunes. Fikayo Tomori and Evan Ndicka were suspended, with Dean Huijsen ineligible, Sardar Azmoun, Pierre Kalulu and Tommaso Pobega injured, so Chris Smalling got a rare start.

See how it unfolded on the Liveblog.

The Rossoneri were unbeaten against Roma since October 2019, managing six wins and three draws, without a home defeat since October 2017.

Stephan El Shaarawy was unusually on the right flank and Lorenzo Pellegrini wide left, surprising the hosts.

Tijjani Reijnders tested Mile Svilar with a low angled drive and Mike Maignan flew to fingertip a deflected El Shaarawy effort over the crossbar.

Milan were angry as they felt Romelu Lukaku was offside in the build-up, but from that corner Roma took the lead with Gianluca Mancini allowed a relatively free header from six yards. It came just days after he scored a similar winner against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale.

Milan thought they had equalised four minutes later on their own corner, but Lukaku was decisive with a double goal-line clearance on the Olivier Giroud headers.

Lukaku sliding in just failed to connect with the low El Shaarawy ball rolled into the six-yard box, while Bryan Cristante’s yellow card means he will be suspended for the second leg.

Reijnders tested Svilar again from distance, while Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cristante drilled wide from a tricky angle.

Milan struggled to create chances, with Leao particularly quiet, as Theo Hernandez nodded off target from a corner and Reijnders again had a go from distance.

The biggest Rossoneri opportunity was from Yacine Adli, whose cross-shot surprised Svilar, fingertipping it onto the underside of the crossbar at the 75th minute.

Rafael Leao was jeered off the pitch when substituted at the 78th minute and Samuel Chukwueze blasted over.

Milan really should’ve equalised on 87 minutes when Chukwueze went on a slalom through defenders and laid it off for Giroud, only for the striker to thump the crossbar from close range with his weaker foot.

Milan 0-1 Roma

Mancini 17 (R)

Player statistic

1st half
    17' Goal Gianluca Mancini
(Assist: Paulo Dybala)
Christian Pulisic Yellow card 33'    
    38' Yellow card Bryan Cristante
2nd half
Yacine Adli Yellow card 63'    
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Yellow card 73'    

Match statistic

53
Possession %
47
25
Total shots
10
5
Shots on target
3
9
Shots off target
5
11
Blocked shots
2
9
Corners
3
0
Offsides
0
14
Fouls
8
Milan
Roma

Starting lineups

16
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
28
Defender
46
Defender
19
Defender
4
Midfielder
59'
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
11
78'
9
Attacker
10
Attacker
78'
99
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
23
Defender
37
19
Defender
4
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
89'
7
Midfielder
89'
21
Attacker
81'
90
Attacker
90'
92

Substitutes

24
Defender
42
69
Goalkeeper
57
Goalkeeper
38
Midfielder
15
Attacker
80
Midfielder
85
Midfielder
95
7
Midfielder
59'
17
Attacker
78'
21
Attacker
78'
1
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
63
Goalkeeper
59
Midfielder
35
Midfielder
69
Defender
20
Midfielder
67
Attacker
9
Attacker
81'
52
Midfielder
89'
22
Midfielder
89'
14
Defender
90'
One thought on “UEL | Milan 0-1 Roma: Mancini strikes at San Siro”
  1. didn’t do anything right but only l0st thanks to a horrific officiating error. could’ve been far w0rse.

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