Serie A – With a goal from Olivier Giroud, Milan beat Lazio Roma (1-2) and moved to the top of the table

The Rossoneri remain more than ever in contention for the title. Eliminated in the semi-final of the Italian Cup by their rivals Inter in the middle of the week (3-0), the Milan fans reacted by snatching the victory on the ground from Lazio, during the 34th matchday of Serie A (1-2).

Ciro Immobile immediately opened the scoring (4th) but the Lombard guests drew in the second half with Olivier Giroud (50th), then Sandro Tonali in injury time (90th + 2). Thanks to this success, Stefano Pioli’s boys regained the lead in the standings with a 2-point advantage over the Nerazzurri.

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Still troubled by the heavy setback last Tuesday in front of their neighbors, the Milanese missed the start. Having entered the game with envy, the Lazio immediately punish their hesitation. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hits to the right of the opponent’s area after a touch and ideally serves Immobile who scores behind the naive Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu (1-0, 4th). The Italian center-forward has thus consolidated his status as top scorer in Serie A this season with the 26th goal and finished Milan’s 6-game series without conceding a goal.

Thomas Strakosha, on the other hand, was not yet very concentrated in this intense start to the race. The Lazio goalkeeper was countered by Junior Messias at the start of football, in front of his area, then touched the ball with his hand in a bad reflex (8th). He got away with a simple yellow card. At the other end of the field, Mike Maignan was more responsive and came out with authority to counter in front of Immobile who spun against (23rd). Dominating against Lazio’s retirement, the Milanese pushed until the interval but the ferocious Rafael Leao (32nd) and Theo Hernandez (44th) failed to surprise Strakosha.

Giroud’s scorer, Zlatan’s passer

At the restart, the Biancocelesti gave up more and immediately paid. Leao once again let his power speak out on the left and centered towards Giroud who equalized by facing six meters (1-1, 50th). The Frenchman is now at 9 goals scored in Serie A. In a match that became very intense, the guests remained the most dangerous and Messias did not miss anything (62nd). Pioli frees Giroud and launches Zlatan Ibrahimovic (68th). The Swede, fresh from an injury, initially struggled to position himself and waited a long time for the ball.

Leao (84th) and the other entrant Ante Rebic (85th) gave Strakosha work. While Milan pushed hard in the last minutes, Ibrahimovic still managed to be decisive by delivering a ball badly rejected by Francesco Acerbi to Tonali. The defensive midfielder was able to link control and a small comeback from six meters to give the victory to his team on the wire (1-2, 90 ° + 2). Still 6th, Lazio loses a precious point in the race for Europe. Milan, chained a second success and a defeat-free twelfth match in Serie A. With four days to go, he can clearly point to a first coronation since 2011.

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