Roma snatch last-gasp 2-2 draw with Milan

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Jan 8 (Reuters) – A goal in stoppage time by striker Tammy Abraham helped AS Roma snatch a 2-2 draw at AC Milan on Sunday as Stefano Pioli’s men’s hopes of catching up to Serie A leaders Napoli suffered a blow.

It was a soggy night at the San Siro, creating slippery conditions that affected the play.

“It’s a huge pity to emerge from this game with only a point, that’s for sure. After a game like this, we tell the players that we must continue playing like this, but that matches end at the 95th minute, and you have to stay focused throughout,” manager Pioli told DAZN.

“If you concede two goals on set plays, where we knew our opponents were very strong, that means more focus was needed.”

The result left Milan third in the standings with 37 points after 17 games, level with second-placed Juventus on points and seven behind Napoli. Roma are in sixth place with 31 points.

Milan had the first real chance of the game after 29 minutes when Brahim Diaz got the ball just outside the box but his shot was tipped away by keeper Rui Patricio.

Diaz’s team mate Pierre Kalulu then gave his side the lead when he headed in from a corner on the half-hour mark. 

Roma’s most significant chance in the first half came three minutes before stoppage time when Nicola Zalewski took a shot from the edge of the box but it flew just wide of the post.

Milan kept up the pressure in the second half, with Theo Hernandez shooting from outside the box seven minutes after the break but Patricio was able to block.

Patricio also saved a close-range header from Olivier Giroud in the 54th minute.

Tommaso Pobega doubled Milan’s lead in the 77th minute when he was played into space in the box and smashed the ball into the lower right corner with one touch.

Roger Ibanez pulled one back for Roma three minutes before stoppage time when he headed in a corner, and Abraham completed the late comeback six minutes later when he managed to send in a rebound from inside the box.

“It is a bitter sensation, obviously. We are not looking at the gap from Napoli, just our performances and knowing we need to do better to keep up the pace. We should’ve done better and now must improve in the next games,” Pioli said.

Napoli maintained their place at the top of the Serie A standings after brushing aside Sampdoria 2-0. Luciano Spalletti’s side have 44 points from 17 games. 

Fourth-placed Inter Milan’s title ambitions took a hit on Saturday after an own goal in the dying seconds allowed lowly Monza to snatch a 2-2 draw. Inter trail Napoli by 10 points.

Juventus extended their Serie A winning streak to eight matches with a 1-0 victory over Udinese, while fifth-placed Lazio were held to a 2-2 draw by Empoli.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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