Dzeko scores 2 as Roma wins 4-1 at beleaguered AC Milan

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ca cuoc bong daMILAN (AP) - Edin Dzeko scored twice to help Roma to a 4-1 victory at AC Milan on Sunday and keep the capital side's title chances mathematically alive.

It was his 27th league goal of the season and the Bosnia-Herzegovina forward needs just two more to equal Rodolfo Volk as the Roma player with the most goals in a Serie A season. Volk set the target as far back as the 1930-31 campaign.

Dzeko also moved two clear of Torino forward Andrea Belotti in the race for the top goalscorer award.

Roma's Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring a goal during an Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Roma, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

"Coming here and scoring four goals is never easy, we had an almost perfect 90 minutes," Dzeko said. "It's a pity we conceded a goal but in general we should be happy.

"I'm happy with my season, I've worked hard all year and these results give me confidence. But first I look at the team's results rather than my personal ones."

Roma moved back into second, seven points behind Juventus. The Bianconeri could clinch an unprecedented sixth successive Serie A title at Roma next Sunday.

Third-placed Napoli is a point behind Roma with three rounds remaining.

The new era at Milan continued without a win. It has now lost two matches and drawn two since the $800 million takeover by Chinese-led Rossoneri Sport Luxembourg ended Silvio Berlusconi's 31-year reign.

It would have been worse for Milan, if not for teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who pulled off two fantastic saves to tip strikes from Diego Perotti and Radja Nainggolan onto his post.

"Roma was superior to Milan, the players and the coach," Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said. "We believed we could fight back, we managed to get back in the game, but because of carelessness they again extended their advantage.

"From tomorrow I want to see the necessary fury to honor the end of the season ... The lads are making great sacrifices. That doesn't mean we can't do better and we have to do so in these three matches."

Roma took just eight minutes to break the deadlock as, following a swift exchange of passes with Mohamed Salah, Dzeko curled into the right side of the net.

And Dzeko doubled his tally shortly before the half-hour when he headed in a corner.

Milan thought it had got back into the match in the 76th with a diving header from Mario Pasalic following a corner but Roma restored its two-goal advantage two minutes later when former Rossoneri forward Stephan El Shaarawy curled a fantastic strike into the top right corner.

Daniele De Rossi crowned a brilliant night for the visitors with a late penalty after Gabriel Paletta was sent off for hauling down Salah.


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