Apr 25, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Olimpico
Roma
2-0
AC Milan
Pjanic (43'), Gervinho (65')
Pjanic (43'), Totti (67'), Nainggolan (70')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Muntari (33'), Honda (39'), Rami (80')

Half-Time Report: Roma's Miralem Pjanic breaks AC Milan resistance

Miralem Pjanic scores two minutes before the break to give Roma a 1-0 half-time lead over AC Milan.

Miralem Pjanic scored two minutes before the interval to earn Roma their ninth consecutive half-time lead in their match with AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma's Miralem Pjanic celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against AC Milan during the Serie A match on April 25, 2014© AFP

Rudi Garcia's side have won their last eight games to make Juventus wait for the Serie A title, and have opened the scoring before the break in all of those victories.

Milan are also in fine form, though, having won five matches on the spin, and attempted to frustrate the second-placed hosts, only really threatening once when Kaka burst into the area only to see an 11th-minute shot blocked.

The rest of the goalmouth action was at the other end, with centre-back Dodo blazing over the crossbar from a corner before Adam Ljajic had two shots from inside the penalty box blocked in quick succession.

Francesco Totti tried his luck ambitiously from distance on a few occasions, but never tested Christian Abbiati, who, due to Roma's poor finishing, had yet to make a save when Pjanic beat him on 43 minutes.

The Croatian playmaker collected a quickly-taken free kick from Totti to turn and shoot into the bottom right corner from 15 yards, for his sixth goal of the season and second in four games.

Victory tonight will take Roma to within five points of Juve at the top of the table.

Roma players celebrate a goal scored by Radja Nainggolan during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 19, 2014
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