Determined to remain in the Serie A chase and make Juventus wait another week to celebrate, Roma kept their Italian title hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over AC Milan in Friday’s matchup at Stadio Olimpico.

The three points move Giallorossi up to five points back of Juventus on the table, and put pressure on the first-place club ahead of Sunday’s away match against Sassuolo while delaying their third straight title celebration.

Milan struggled to maintain possession, and thus failed to generate much of an attack, and missed an opportunity to supplant Parma for sixth on the table and the final Europa qualifying spot.  

Following an assist from Francesco Totti, Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic closed the first half with an incredible dribbling display by shucking off several would-be tackles down the heart of Milan’s back line and firing off a right-footed shot for a 1-0 lead in the 43 rd minute.

The Bosnian now has five goals in 29 appearances this season, and Totti is knotted with Gervinho for the squad lead with 10 assists.

Roma would later string together several excellent passes to spring a fast break and the match’s second goal. Totti’s initial shot was blocked by Milan keeper Christian Abbiati, but Gervinho followed through with a rebound and goal in front of the net the 65 th minute.

It was Gervinho’s eighth goal of the term, and third in his last five matches.

Three matches remain for Roma, including May 9’s monumental home matchup with Juventus that has potential to significantly jostle the table in the closing weeks.

Milan also have three chances to improve their position, starting with May 4’s home stand against Inter.

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