AC Milan hands Lazio first home defeat of season

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AC Milan players celebrate victory against Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

AC Milan handed Lazio it’s first Serie A home defeat of the season after a 3-0 result at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Stefano Pioli made five changes to the starting line-up from the team that drew 2-2 with SPAL, as Andrea Conti and Simon Kjaer came back into the defence while Alexis Saelemaekers and Giacomo Bonaventura supported Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Rossoneri were dominant and professional from start to finish, controlling the game for large parts with an intense press and taking a deserved lead through Hakan Calhanoglu’s impressive strike.

Hakan Calhanoglu scores wonder goal against Lazio in a Serie A match at the Olympic Stadium

Milan thought that they had doubled their lead just after the half hour mark when a beautiful cross from the right side was turned home by Ibrahimovic. However, the goal was quickly cancelled as the Swede had strayed offside.

Just a couple of minutes later it was 2-0. A cross from Alexis Saelemaekers struck the hand of Radu and Gianpaolo Calvarese pointed straight to the penalty spot, with Ibrahimovic stepping up and putting his effort past Strakosha, who guessed the right way.

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores penalty against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico

The pressure was then on Simone Inzaghi’s team to respond, but the closest they came before the break was an effort from just outside the box from Luis Alberto that was dragged wide.

Lazio thought they had a route back into the game when Manuel Lazzari fired past Donnarumma when put through on goal on the counter-attack, but the offside flag rightly went off as the ball was fired into the back of the net.

Moments later it was 3-0 when Bonaventura showed exceptional awareness on the edge of the box to wait to play an incisive through ball to substitute Ante Rebic, who took a touch to settle the ball before slotting it past Strakosha into the far corner.

Ante Rebic makes it 3-0 to AC Milan against Lazio

Milan were close to making it 4-0 in the 68th minute as Theo Hernandez went on a marauding run from his own half, playing a lovely give-and-go with Rebic but seeing his effort saved well by Strakosha.

The result moves Milan two points behind Roma in fifth place although the Giallorossi have a game in hand.

Title chasers Lazio are now seven points behind leaders Juventus.

Other Serie A results

Juventus 4-1 Torino

Sassuolo 4-2 Lecce

 

Chidi Nwoke.