Tammy Abraham scored a late equalizer for Roma on Sunday evening as he completed a remarkable comeback for Roma as they rescued a 2-2 draw away to Milan.
The Giuseppe Meazza remembered the late Gianluca Vialli ahead of the gigantic clash between Milan and Roma on Sunday evening. The game ended in dramatic fashion as goals from Roger Ibanez and Abraham turned around a 2-0 Milan lead as the Giallorossi escaped Lombardy with a point to put a dent in the Rossoneri’s title hopes.
Milan in Control
The hosts made a bright start to the game here as their talismanic winger Rafael Leao got involved early on, getting in behind the Roma defense after an lovely through ball by Brahim Diaz. He managed to cut back and find Sandro Tonali arriving inside the box but he couldn’t find the target.
It was a competitive start to the match, which carried on throughout its entirety, with the likes of Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali getting stuck in. Zeki Celik was also booked for a cynical foul inside the opening ten minutes. That set the tone for the match with referee Davide Massa brandishing a total of 12 cards during the contest.
Kalulu Takes the Lead
Diaz had a strike on goal midway through the first half which forced Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio into a save, tipping the ball over the bar for a corner. Theo Hernandez had advanced well down the left in the build up and the subsequent set piece led to the game opener as Pierre Kalulu headed the ball home.
Some question marks were raised over the Roma defending as they left the French defender with plenty of space in the area but nevertheless, it was a good header by Kalulu to open the scoring.
Leao Continues to Threaten
Milan were the better side after the break too with a brilliant Bennacer pass finding Leao over the top of the Roma defense. However, the Portuguese winger failed to get his stike on target. Hernandez also threatened with a shot from range shortly after that forced Patricio into making a stop.
The threat of Leao was evident all evening and it was no surprise that he was involved in doubling the Rossoneri lead with just over ten minutes to go. The 23-year-old led the counter attack well down the left flank before drifting inside and finding substitute Tommaso Pobega, who was arriving inside the box. Pobega then executed the finish superbly to make it 2-0 to Milan and secure what he and the rest of the Milan faithful thought would be the winner. Roma had other ideas.
Abraham Completes Roma Comeback
Bennacer was one of the best players on the pitch tonight and his substitution proved pivotal with the hosts starting to lose control of the game after his substitution. However, from out of nowhere, the away side set up a tantalising finish after a Roger Ibanez bullet header late on pulled a goal back for the Giallorossi. It was a nervy final few minutes for Milan.
It was actually Bennacer’s substitute who made an error at the death which led to Roma’s equalizer after he gave away what would be an extremely costly free kick. Nemanja Matic found himself in space in the box, heading the ball on goal and despite Goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu making a reactive stop, he could do nothing about the rebound. Abraham then smashed the ball home to score an undeserved leveller for Roma to leave Milan in utter shock and disappointment. Advantage Napoli.
January 8, 2023 – Serie A 2022-23 Round 17
MILAN – ROMA 2-2
SCORERS: 30′ Kalulu (M), 77′ Pobega (M), 87′ Ibanez (R), 94′ Abraham (R)
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer (74′ Vranckx), Tonali; Saelemaekers (85′ Gabbia), Brahim Diaz (71′ Pobega), Rafael Leao; Giroud (85′ De Ketelaere) Coach: Pioli
ROMA (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Mancini (89′ Belotti), Smalling, Ibanez; Celik (78′ El Shaarawy), Pellegrini, Cristante (66′ Matic), Zalewski; Dybala, Zaniolo (66′ Tahirovic); Abraham Coach: Mourinho
REFEREE: Mr. Massa from Imperia
NOTES: Yellow Cards: Leao, Bennacer, Tomori, Tonali, Pioli (not on pitch) (M), Celik, Mancini, Zalewksi, Zaniolo, Ibanez, Matic, Abraham (R) Added Time: 1st Half 2′, 2nd Half 5′