Serie A results: AC Milan move to within three points of Inter Milan. Gianluca Mancini’s header helped Roma move back into the top four.
AC Milan boosted their title hopes by winning 2-0 at Verona despite being without a number of key players missing through injury.
Rade Krunic and Diogo Dalot scored for Milan, who moved to within three points of league leaders Inter Milan. Inter host Atalanta on Monday.
Second-placed Milan also remained four points above Juventus and six ahead of Roma, who beat Genoa 1-0 earlier on Sunday, in fourth.
After failing to win three of their last four games, Milan were desperate for a victory to put pressure on leaders Inter. But Milan were without a long list of injured players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mario Mandukic, Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Krunic fired Milan in front in the 27th minute when he curled a magnificent free-kick into the top-right corner after he had been tripped by Verona defender Giangiacomo Magnani on the edge of the area.
Milan doubled the lead five minutes after the interval when Dalot finished a well-worked team move with an effort into the top-left corner.
Gianluca Mancini’s bullet header helped Roma move back into the top four and the Champions League spots.
Mancini scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute as they moved a point above fifth-placed Atalanta.
Genoa remained seven points above the relegation zone after a second loss in three games. They had only lost one of the previous 10, since Davide Ballardini replaced Rolando Maran as coach.
Roma dominated and broke the deadlock when Mancini rose highest in the centre of the box to head a Lorenzo Pellegrini corner into the top corner.
Roma almost doubled their lead in the 67th minute, but Gonzalo Villar’s effort was deflected onto the post by Genoa midfielder Ivan Radovanovic.
The hosts did have the ball in the back of the net again shortly after. Pedro’s backheeled flick came off the left post and Borja Mayoral turned in the rebound but it was ruled out for a narrow offside.
Simy scored twice to help bottom club Crotone beat Torino 4-2 in a direct battle to avoid relegation. – Serie A results
The victory ended a seven-match losing streak for Crotone and was also Serse Cosmi’s first win, in his second match since replacing Giovanni Stroppa as coach.
Crotone inched to within five points of 18th-placed Torino and six points from safety. Fiorentina moved six points above the relegation zone after drawing 3-3 with 19th-place Parma.
Credit: Sky Sports
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