Roma up to second after 1-0 win

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December 13, 2016
Wojciech Szczesny

MILAN (AP):

Roma won the battle for second place in Serie A as they beat AC Milan 1-0 yesterday to move three points clear of the Rossoneri and four behind league leader Juventus.

Radja Nainggolan scored the only goal shortly after the hour. Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a first-half penalty from M'Baye Niang.

Roma visit Juventus on Saturday.

"What was important was to win and we showed character because Milan was well organised," Nainggolan said. "Last year, maybe we didn't win these kind of games, even if we played better. But this year we have more character, we have an aim and we want to believe in ourselves.

Milan are one point above fourth-place Napoli who host Atalanta in the next round.

"It's an undeserved defeat, Roma were lucky," Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said. "But we are on the right path. And we are at a good point: the Europa League is our aim."

Both Roma and Milan were locked on 32 points going into the match in Rome, which got off to a frantic start. Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had his gloves stung by a rocket from Edin Dzeko, while Milan went close too on the counter.

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