Last gasp Cutrone strike sinks Roma

By AFP: Sunday, September 2nd 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
Patrick Cutrone of AC Milan celebrates scoring last-gasp goal against Roma in the Serie A [Courtesy]

Substitute Patrick Cutrone scored a last-gasp winner to give AC Milan their first win of the season at their San Siro stadium with a 2-1 victory over Roma on Friday.

Franck Kessie had gotten AC Milan off the mark after 40 minutes with Cutrone sealing victory five minutes into injury time to hand Roma their first defeat in over three years at the San Siro.

Defender Federico Fazio had pulled Roma level 1-1 on the hour mark.

Roma’s World Cup winner Steven Nzonzi and AC Milan’s Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain both had goals disallowed.

Both sides had been looking to put stuttering starts to the season behind them with Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan losing 3-2 at Napoli last week despite leading by two goals.

Milan’s opening game against Genoa at the San Siro had been postponed because of the bridge disaster in the western port city.

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“There were huge regrets over the defeat to Napoli,” said Gattuso.

“But it’s only the second match of the season. I can’t talk about a turning point after two games. I know how our lads work and that we still need to become a team in some areas.”

Roma counterpart Eusebio Di Francesco made several changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Atalanta in Rome last Monday, but he conceded his tactics did not work.

“We lacked sharpness,” said Di Francesco.

The hosts dominated the first half, with Kessie opening the scoring under the driving rain after Ricardo Rodriguez whipped a low ball towards the back post where the Ivorian had an easy tap in.

Davide Calabria had a chance for a second but fired over.

But Fazio broke through for the equaliser on the hour mark, the Argentinian poking home his fifth goal for Roma from close range after he pounced on a poor Calabria clearance.

Higuain looked to have scored his maiden Milan goal since his loan move from Juventus this summer just minutes later, but it was ruled offside after consultation with VAR.

Nzonzi thought he had scored after a corner, but it was disallowed for a handling offence by the former Sevilla midfielder.

But in a frantic finale Higuain found a way through following a blundering pass by Nzonzi which gave Milan a final chance with the Argentine setting up Cutrone to finish.

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