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Football Briefs: Last-gasp Cutrone goal gives Milan 2-1 win over Roma

September 01, 2018 12:27 IST

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AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone celebrates scoring their second goal against AS Roma during their Serie A match at the San Siro in Italy on Friday

IMAGE: AC Milan's Patrick Cutrone celebrates scoring their second goal against AS Roma during their Serie A match at the San Siro in Italy on Friday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

A late stoppage-time goal by substitute Patrick Cutrone gave AC Milan a 2-1 home win over Roma in an electrifying Serie A clash on Friday and eased the pressure on manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Following the opening round's 3-2 defeat at Napoli when they threw away a 2-0 lead, Milan appeared set to suffer another disappointing night before Cutrone converted a defence-splitting pass by Gonzalo Higuain.

 

Both sides had a goal disallowed after referee Marco Guida consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Higuain seeing his effort scrapped for offside while Roma's Steven Nzonzi was adjudged to have handled the ball.

With rumours aplenty that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was being lined up to replace Gattuso in case of a prolonged poor start to the season, the former Milan enforcer was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief after the final whistle.

Determined to make amends for the slip-up at Napoli, Milan laid siege to Roma's goal in the opening half as Roma keeper Robin Olsen denied Higuain and Suso before Franck Kessie broke the deadlock in the 40th minute.

The Ivorian midfielder blasted the ball home from close range at the far post after good work by left back Ricardo Rodriguez, who turned his marker and delivered a clever pass across the face of goal.

Subdued and struggling to carve out anything up front, Roma equalised out of the blue just before the hour as centre back Federico Fazio unleashed a stinging volley from inside the penalty area after Milan failed to clear a corner.

Higuain, who is on loan at Milan from champions Juventus, thought he had scored his first goal for the team only to see it cancelled after a lengthy VAR analysis, with Nzonzi suffering the same disappointment at the other end.

With time running out as Olson made two more good saves in the second half, Cutrone delighted the home fans when he swept the ball past the Sweden keeper after replacing Giacomo Bonaventura in the 84th minute.

In Saturday's standout clash, Juventus visit promoted Parma with their stellar new signing Cristiano Ronaldo still looking for his first goal for the Italian title holders.

Inter Milan are away to Bologna in Saturday's other fixture while Sampdoria are at home to Napoli and surprise package SPAL visit Torino on Sunday.

Dortmund struggle in first ever 0-0 against Hanover

Borussia Dortmund twice hit the woodwork but could not score in their first ever goalless Bundesliga draw against Hanover 96 on Friday.

The Champions League club, who scored four goals in their season opener against RB Leipzig last week, lacked spark and were bullied by the hosts for much of the first half.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus twice came close minutes before the break, including when he hit the bar with a shot from a tight angle.

Maximilian Philipp also hit the woodwork after the break as Dortmund gradually increased the pressure.

The hosts, however, almost snatched a late winner through Waldemar Anton but his powerful 78th-minute shot was deflected just wide of the post.

Minutes later Bobby Wood slipped and fell as he charged into the box with only Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki to beat before the teams settled for their first 0-0 in the Bundesliga in their 53rd league encounter.

Champions Bayern Munich, who won their season opener last week, travel to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday while last season's runners-up Schalke 04 host Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Saint-Maximin's goal gives Nice shock 1-0 win over Lyon

Striker Allan Saint-Maximin's powerful deflected shot gave struggling Nice a shock 1-0 away win over Olympique Lyonnais on Friday as Patrick Viera's side earned their first victory in Ligue 1 this season.

Mario Balotelli made his first start of the campaign but it was Maximin who stole the headlines by sending a thumping shot that deflected off the forehead of Lyon defender Marcelo and into the net five minutes into the second half.

Nabil Fekir struck the post with a stabbed shot in the 57th minute as Lyon poured forward looking for an equaliser against a Nice side who had managed to score only one goal and collect one point in their first three games of the season.

Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez, who was also making his first start of the season, produced a string of fine saves in the dying minutes as his side held on for an unlikely victory that was greeted by boos and whistles from the home crowd.

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