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Italian Serie A

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 50,000) 12th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

AC Milan AC Milan vs Roma Roma

AC Milan 0

S Muntari (S/O 41)


Roma 0

F Totti (S/O 90+2)

Racist chanting mars San Siro clash

Last Updated: 12/05/13 10:47pm

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Play is briefly suspended at the San Siro

Play is briefly suspended at the San Siro

AC Milan missed the chance to secure Champions League football next season with the goalless draw with Roma marred by racist chanting.

There were plenty of talking points from a dramatic night at the San Siro, which saw two players sent off and play suspended by referee Gianluca Rocchi shortly after half-time.

The Tuscan official used new league rules to halt play while a stadium announcement was issued to a section of Roma fans, who were allegedly directing abuse at several Milan players.

Sulley Muntari had earlier fallen foul of Rocchi at the end of the first half, earning a bizarre red card for dissent, and despite having an extra man Roma failed to find a winner before losing captain Francesco Totti for his elbow on former team-mate Philippe Mexes.

The Rossoneri must now wait until the final day of the Serie A campaign to match or better fourth-placed Fiorentina's result, while Roma's only hope of a foray into Europe rests on success in the Coppa Italia final.

Marquinho set the tone of the game in the third minute with a shot which Christian Abbiati did well to turn behind for a corner.

The Brazilian was dangerous again five minutes later with a shot on the turn which was too close to Abbiati to cause the Milan goalkeeper any problems.

Roma were preventing Milan from getting their game going, yet a well-drilled Rossoneri defence was keeping the visiting frontline at a safe enough distance from their goal.

A long-range effort from Totti blazed wide before he forced Abbiati into a diving save after 30 minutes.

The game was lively and boiled over just before half-time when Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for an innocuous foul.

Muntari protested and was shown the yellow card by Rocchi, but that was not enough to silence the Milan midfielder, who talked himself into another yellow card which he physically prevented Rocchi from showing him until his team-mates separated him from the official, who produced the red card.

The tension boiled over in the stands, too, prompting Rocchi to halt play for several minutes at the start of the second half amid unsavoury taunts emanating from a section of Roma fans.

Despite being a man down, Milan did not sit back and defend.

Balotelli tested Bogdan Lobont with a powerful direct free-kick which the Romanian goalkeeper collected at the second attempt.

Allegri introduced Giampaolo Pazzini and Robinho to further strengthen his side's attack, but they still suffered in defence with Erik Lamela unfortunate not to earn a penalty when Kevin Constant appeared to trip him inside the penalty area.

Balotelli's dipping free-kick just cleared the crossbar before Dodo was denied by Abbiati in a grandstand finish which did not herald a goal, but did bring a second dismissal.

Totti lashed out with his elbow at Mexes to earn a straight red card from Rocchi in the third minute of six minutes of time added on.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16