AC Milan extends their lead over Lazio to 27 years with 2-0 win
AC Milan two consecutive defeats against Napoli and Udinese raised doubts about the clubs future, but a win against Sampdoria and Lazio maintained the calmness back in Milan. Carlos Bacca and M’Baye Niang both converted their penalty to allow Milan to sweep Lazio aside 2-0, extending their winning streak in this fixture to 27 years. Last time Lazio won against Milan in Serie A fixture in September 1989, when Paolo Maldini scored an own goal, followed by 11 draws and 15 defeats.
AC Milan brought Carlos Bacca back to their starting XI following a row with Coach Vincenzo Montella, but Luca Antonelli, Mati Fernandez, Andrea Bertolacci, Cristian Zapata and Jose Sosa all were sidelined. Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti injured himself in the warm-up to a calf injury, to give 21-year-old Albanian Thomas Strakosha his Serie A debut.
Bacca gathered sprinted away from defenders when gathering inside his own half and kept his cool to stroke the finish into the near bottom corner. It was his first attempt of the game and for the 12th out of 21 Serie A matches on the scoresheet, he broke the deadlock. Milan somehow failed to double their lead on 55 minutes, as Davide Calabria rolled across and Niang only had to tap into an empty net from two yards, but incredibly missed the ball completely.
Moments later Keita went clear until a perfectly-timed Gabriel Paletta tackle just as he was pulling the trigger. It was not Niang’s night, as an effort was so wide it went for a throw-in, but he did eventually unleash a screamer to sting Strakosha’s gloves. Donnarumma also got down well to block Felipe Anderson’s effort towards the near bottom corner.
Milan did double their lead eventually, as Niang’s pull-back was intercepted by a hand as Stefan Radu came sliding in, inevitably leading to a penalty. Despite his earlier misses, Niang insisted on taking the penalty and converted it successfully.
Strakosha did well to keep out a missile of a Kucka free kick from 25 metres out, but Felipe Anderson and Keita blasted solo efforts over. The last move of the game saw Immobile’s diving header into the side-netting from a corner. Although, it was a win come only after two penalties which differentiates the both club.