Two second-half goals each from Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu helped AC Milan grab a comfortable 2-0 win against AS Roma in Serie A.
Although both sides displayed a lack of quality at the start, Roma looked to have some attacking intent.
The visitors first came knocking the opponents’ door when Lorenzo Pellegrini, after combining with Justin Kluivert, made a scoring effort from inside the box, only to see his shot get blocked.
Roma missed yet another golden chance to go on the front as an unmarked Edin Dzeko, after meeting a deflected cross, fired the ball wide from around eight yards out in the 20th minute.
It took Milan until 27 minutes to make their first attacking attempt. Giacomo Bonaventura shot from the outside the 18-yard box but his effort was well wide. Seven minutes later, Hakan Calhanoglu nodded a brilliant Theo Hernandez’s delivery off target.
Fourteen minutes from time, Ante Rebic finally found the back of the net. Antonio Mirante parried Franck Kessie’s volley onto Rebic’s path who pooped the ball in the net to continue his fine form.
The referee pointed to the spot when Chris Smalling tripped Theo Hernandez in the box in the dying minutes of the match. Converting the resulting penalty, Calhanoglu then doubled his side’s lead.
The 2-0 victory moves Milan onto the seventh spot in the Serie A table, level with Napoli and six points behind fifth-placed Roma.