Sulley Muntari scored a late goal as Milan fought back twice to record a 2-2 draw against Roma at the San Siro on Monday evening.
Roma will lament their wasted opportunities in not having wrapped up the result as they took the lead twice through Mattia Destro and a Kevin Strootman penalty.
The Giallorossi came into the game on the back of a 16-match unbeaten but in need of a win in order to keep in touching distance of leaders Juventus, who moved six points clear with their win over Sassuolo.
The first shot on goal arrived in the sixth minute when Gervinho worked his way to the byline before cutting in and firing a shot at goal. It barely tested Christian Abbiati, who dropped down with ease.
Roma deservingly took the lead just 13 minutes after Mattia Destro tapped in a cross from the byline. Adem Ljajic supplied a great which was squared to Kevin Strootman and his cut in pass off the top line supplied the assist for the young striker.
Ricky Kaka ambitiously tried to make it 1-1 three minutes later with a daisy cutter inside the box , but that glanced wide of the far post.
Roma were utilizing Gervinho’s ability to work on either flank and he once again forced Daniele Bonera into making a last ditch save, throwing his body on the line to block the effort after 22 minutes.
Six minutes later, Urby Emanuelson drew out a fingertip save from Morgan de Sanctis when he slalomed through the Roma defence before unleashing a shot which was pushed out for a corner.
The resulting corner saw Milan draw level when Christian Zapata nodded home a ball at the near post. That opened up for a goal scoring opportunity for Roma but Michael Bradley saw his effort cleared off the line by Bonera.
Roma were forced to bring on Nicolas Burdisso in place of Leandro Castan just before the break, while Abbiati was substituted off at the restart and replaced by Gabriel all due to injury.
The Brazilian had barely on the field for five minutes when he conceded a penalty after throwing his body in the way of Gervinho who was trying to cut into the box. That incident, albeit outside the box, saw the Roman side claim a 2-1 lead through Kevin Strootman, who beat the young ‘keeper from the spot.
Similarly, Milan should have been awarded a penalty in the 68th minute after Ricky Kaka was body checked in the box by Dodo, however, nothing was given.
The home side were evidently angry in not seeing several decisions go their way and they responded with a well worked goal by Sulley Muntari with just a quarter of an hour remaining. Mario Balotelli layoff the ball to the Ghanaian in the box and he sliced a low drive past De Sanctis at the near post to make it 2-2.
Balotelli missed a golden opportunity to claim a 3-2 win when he fired his effort, after being left wide open in the box, agoningly wide of the upright inside stoppage time.