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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 38,000) 25th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Tagliavento

Roma Roma vs AC Milan AC Milan

Roma 2

M Pjanic (43)
Gervinho (65)

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Roma see off Milan

Last Updated: 25/04/14 10:05pm

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Mario Balotelli looks for a way through

Mario Balotelli looks for a way through

Roma reduced their arrears on Serie A leaders Juventus to five points once again with a commanding 2-0 win over AC Milan.

Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho supplied the goals, but Francesco Totti was at his inspirational best as the Giallorossi put the ball back in the court of Juventus, who are in action against Sassuolo on Monday night and will be looking to restore their eight-point advantage with three games of the season to go.

For Milan, defeat came as a setback in their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season.

Their deficit on fifth-placed Inter could grow to eight points when the Nerazzurri face Napoli on Saturday night while Parma have the chance to put three points between themselves and the Rossoneri at Cagliari on Sunday.

Roma needed a good quarter of the game before bringing out their vintage football, after Milan had shown why they had won five games in a row coming into the Stadio Olimpico encounter.

Dodo sent Roma's first shot over before Pjanic burst through from the right only to see his shot deflected wide.

At the other end, Mario Balotelli's penalty appeal fell on deaf ears when he lost his balance inside the area, but it was only a punctuation in Roma's masterful possession.

They gained the lead two minutes before half-time with an eye-catching individual goal from Pjanic, architect and finisher combined.

He threw Sulley Muntari a dummy before skipping past the challenges of both Riccardo Montolivo and Adil Rami before side-footing his shot past Christian Abbiati.

Totti, who had been at the centre of all of Roma's attacks, then set up Pjanic with a training ground free-kick move which the Bosnian struck towards the top right-hand corner with Abbiati forced to stretch to turn the ball behind.

Adem Ljajic then set up Totti, whose shot from an angle was parried by Abbiati with Gervinho on hand to tuck the loose ball in from close range and make it 2-0 for Roma.

Milan coach Clarence Seedorf's response was to send on Giampaolo Pazzini, removing a perplexed, yet ineffective Balotelli

When Totti and Pjanic were subsequently withdrawn by Roma coach Rudi Garcia, they received standing ovations with smiles adorning their faces after inspiring the Giallorossi to a ninth straight win which keeps their title hopes alive.

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Table

Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 24 45
4 Lazio 24 40
5 Fiorentina 24 39
6 Sampdoria 24 36
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Inter Milan 24 35
9 AC Milan 24 33
10 Torino 24 33
11 Palermo 24 33
12 Sassuolo 24 29
13 Udinese 23 28
14 Empoli 24 27
15 Verona 24 25
16 Chievo 24 24
17 Atalanta 24 23
18 Cagliari 24 20
19 Cesena 24 16
20 Parma 23 10