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Roma errors hand AC Milan a 3-1 win in Serie A

ROME (AP) – Jose Mourinho (AP; pic below) was left gesticulating in apparent disapproval after two grievous errors from his Roma players handed AC Milan a 3-1 win in Serie A on Thursday.

First, striker Tammy Abraham stuck out his arm to block a shot that resulted in a penalty for Milan, then defender Roger Ibañez made an errant back pass that was intercepted by Olivier Giroud, which led to the Rossoneri’s second goal just 17 minutes in.

Giroud converted the penalty and Junior Messias scored Milan’s second on a rebound after Giroud’s effort hit the post.

Abraham then pulled one back for Roma with a deflection but Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan maintained the Rossoneri’s advantage with a series of difficult saves. Milan also hit the goalframe twice, while Roma finished with nine men when Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini each picked up their second yellow cards – which will mean they’ll be suspended for the game against Juventus.

With Roma down to 10 men, Rafael Leão restored Milan’s two-goal advantage after being set up with a chested pass from fellow substitute Zlatan Ibrahimović to sprint in alone toward goal.

Ibrahimović then had a penalty attempt saved by Rui Patrício.

Mourinho questioned decisions by referee Daniele Chiffi and VAR official Gianluca Aureliano.

“Our quality level on the pitch was very low,” Mourinho said. “But I don’t understand what Chiffi did on the pitch and what Aureliano did as the VAR.

Maybe (Aureliano) wanted to be on the pitch whereas he should have stayed where he was, in his office, so as not to become the protagonist.”

The match at the San Siro was one of only six of 10 matches that was played following a two-week break, with four games scrapped because of rising coronavirus cases.

Milan moved within one point of Serie A leader Inter Milan, whose game at Bologna was among postponed after the hosts were ordered into quarantine.

The other games affected were Atalanta vs Torino, Salernitana vs Venezia and Fiorentina vs Udinese.

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