AC Milan 2 – 1 Lazio – Serie A 17/18

Patrick Cutrone and Giacomo Bonaventura struck to give AC Milan a home victory over Lazio in Serie A. AC Milan made it three wins in a row in Serie A for the first time since March last year as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Lazio on Sunday. Goals from Patrick Cutrone and Giacomo Bonaventura, either side of an Adam Marusic strike, sealed all three points for Gennaro Gattuso’s side and prolonged their impressive unbeaten league run against Lazio at San Siro, which stretches back to 1989. Simone Inzaghi’s side travelled to Milan on the back of a six-game streak without a top-flight defeat, but they looked unsettled from the off as the Rossoneri produced one of their best performances of another difficult campaign. Cutrone’s third league goal of the season, which replays showed came off his arm, was cancelled out by Marusic’s fine finish, but Bonaventura’s emphatic header restored Milan’s lead before the break as the home fans roared their approval. Lazio threatened in the second half through Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but could not come up with a second equaliser, meaning they are now just two points above fourth-placed Inter. Milan, meanwhile, are level on points with Sampdoria in sixth and beginning to present themselves as contenders for the European spots once more.

Hakan Calhanoglu had Thomas Strakosha at full stretch with a fierce effort from 25 yards after 10 minutes, although Lazio appeared the more settled of the teams in the opening exchanges. Milan started to play their way into proceedings and broke the deadlock with 15 minutes played when Cutrone glanced Calhanoglu’s free-kick high into the net from six yards out, although the ball was actually turned in with his arm. The lead lasted just five minutes, though. Lucas Leiva picked out Marusic in space inside the penalty area and the winger cut back onto his left foot before placing his finish into the bottom-left corner, out of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s reach. Luis Alberto came close to giving Lazio the lead, crashing a shot off the top off the crossbar after drifting inside from the left, but Milan seemed the more likely to find the third goal and it took another good Strakoshka save to keep out a Calhanoglu drive.

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