Mirante to replace Pau Lopez again?

According to Sky Sport Italia, Antonio Mirante could replace Pau Lopez against Fiorentina on Wednesday.

Pau Lopez gave it away cheaply to Alexis Saelemaekers, allowing Ante Rebic to score the winner in the second half of Roma-Milan on Sunday.

It was not the only mistake of the night for the Spaniard who can be replaced by Antonio Mirante on Wednesday when Roma face Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi.

Mirante, a former Parma goalkeeper, has already replaced Pau Lopez at the beginning of the season.

The 37-year-old played 11 of Roma’s opening 14 Serie A games before picking up a biceps femoris injury.

Mirante’s contract expires at the end of the season and Milan have been linked with securing his services as a free agent.


Zlatan out of four important games

Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered a muscle injury in the left thigh and will be reassessed in 10 days, missing four important games.

The Rossoneri forward was replaced in the 2-1 win over Roma on Sunday and the medical report revealed an injury to the left adductor.

The Swede will be re-evaluated in 10 days and is forced to sit out of some important games, including games against Udinese, Hellas Verona and Napoli, as well as the match against former club Manchester United in the Europa League.

If the check in 10 days is reassuring, it will be followed by a rehabilitation programme and the recovery time will be established.

For Hakan Calhanoglu, the tests revealed an issue with the medial flexor muscles of the left thigh.

The attacking midfielder will be out of the next match against Udinese, but will be evaluated ahead of the game against Verona.

These are the games Zlatan will definitely miss:

March 3 – Milan vs. Udinese

March 7 – Hellas Verona vs. Milan

March 11 – Manchester United vs. Milan

March 14 – Milan vs. Napoli


Bruno Peres’ birthday party sparks controversy

Bruno Peres posted pictures of his birthday party on social media. Neither he nor his friends were wearing face masks, but the player’s entourage assures they had all had swab tests before attending the party.

The Brazilian defender turns 31 today and celebrated his birthday in style in Ostia, nearby Rome.

His girlfriend and some of his friends attended the party, but none appeared to be wearing protective masks.

The Region of Lazio is in the yellow tier, which means restaurants can remain open for lunch, but not for dinner.

However, it is mandatory to wear masks, something that neither Bruno Peres nor his friend do in the videos posted by the 31-year-old on social media.

According to Il Messaggero, some Roma fans have criticised the player on Twitter and Instagram, but his agents assure all the party participants had had negative swab tests before the event.

Bruno Peres’ contract expires at the end of the season and he’s recently revealed his desire to extend his stay at the club.


Highlights: Roma 1-2 Milan

There were three goals at the Olimpico, but dozens of chances, several disallowed strikes, the crossbar rattled, great saves and penalty appeals too.

It was an absolute thriller between two teams who drew 3-3 at San Siro earlier this season and it could easily have been a similar outcome here.

Simon Kjaer’s header bounced off the bar before Henrikh Mkhitaryan sailed a lob wide, but Federico Fazio trod on Davide Calabria’s foot for a penalty, converted by Franck Kessie.

Jordan Veretout’s right-foot curler got Roma on level terms, but Pau Lopez paid for an error playing out from the back and Ante Rebic left Gianluca Mancini stranded with a wonderful turn.

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Cristante wanted VAR on Mkhitaryan incident

Bryan Cristante believes VAR should’ve intervened on Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s penalty appeal after Roma lost 2-1 to Milan.

There were two contentious incidents in the game, one for each side, during the second half of a frenetic match.

The first saw Mkhitaryan go down in the box when wrestling with Theo Hernandez to get on the end of a Gianluigi Donnarumma rebound, but the referee gave a free kick against the Roma player and booked him for dissent.

Soon after, Rafael Leao sprinted into the penalty area when going down under a clumsy Rick Karsdorp challenge, but the referee waved play on.

“You can see that ours was a penalty. I think we have VAR, they used it to view the Milan spot-kick, so they ought to go and see the footage every time,” Cristante told Sky Sport Italia.

Marco Guida did go to the VAR on-field review screen to judge Federico Fazio’s stamp on Davide Calabria’s foot, which was right on the line.

The fact remains, Roma are now in fifth place, having been leapfrogged by Atalanta, because of their failure to beat any of the other contenders for the Champions League spots.

“We know we started badly, there are no excuses, we tried to get it back on track, but we must try to start games more wide awake and concentrated,” confessed Cristante.

“We know that we’ve had bad performances against the big clubs, for example Lazio and Atalanta. We had managed to get this one back on track, but then we made a mistake and Milan took advantage.”