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

Result: Roma make it nine in a row with win over AC Milan

Roma move to within five points of Serie A leaders Juventus by beating improving AC Milan 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to record their ninth consecutive league victory.

Roma kept their slim Serie A title hopes alive by beating AC Milan 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico tonight to record their ninth consecutive league victory.

Goals from Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho either side of the break helped move the hosts to within five points of Juventus and ended Milan's winning streak.

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

Clarence Seedorf's improving side had previously reeled off five wins on the bounce to climb to seventh in the table, but they were content to frustrate Roma throughout an uneventful opening half-hour.

Adil Rami twice blocked bravely from Adam Ljajic shots, after centre-back Dodo had blazed over the crossbar from a corner, while Milan's threat at the other end was largely limited to shots from distance.

Kaka, who had earlier burst into the box only to see a shot from a tight angle blocked, and Daniele Bonera's long-range efforts were both easy pickings for Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis.

Although Milan had come under more goalmouth pressure, Christian Abbiati had yet to be called into action when Pjanic collected Francesco Totti's quick free kick to find the bottom corner on 43 minutes.

It was the ninth game in succession that Rudi Garcia's side had taken a first-half lead, and that would have been doubled six minutes after the break had Abbiati not kept out scorer Pjanic at full stretch.

The veteran goalkeeper, though, was arguably at fault for Roma's second as he parried Totti's shot straight into the path of Gervinho, who converted the simplest of tap-ins on 65 minutes.

Milan had much the better of the last 15 minutes as Roma sat back, but De Sanctis denied Riccardo Montolivo and Adel Taarabt on two occasions as Roma refused to give up on an unlikely Serie A triumph.

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Roma's Miralem Pjanic celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against AC Milan during the Serie A match on April 25, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Napoli55001421215
2Inter Milan54101851313
3AC Milan5410102813
4Roma5401125712
5Atalanta BCAtalanta531164210
6Fiorentina530289-19
7Lazio522112758
8Bologna5221710-38
9Torino52128537
10Udinese521267-17
11Empoli520358-36
12Juventus512278-15
13Sampdoria512257-25
14SassuoloSassuolo511357-24
15Hellas VeronaHellas Verona5113811-34
16Genoa5113712-54
17SpeziaSpezia5113713-64
18VeneziaVenezia5104310-73
19CagliariCagliari5023713-62
20Salernitana5014414-101

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