14 Apr Milan v Lazio Match Report, 13/04/2019, Serie A
Franck Kessie coolly discharged a 79th-minute penalty to settle a end-to-end Serie A.contest against Lazio at AC Milan’s favour.
AC Milan maintained a key 1-0 victory over top-four competitions Lazio since Franck Kessie maintained his cool amid punishment drama at San Siro.
Gennaro Gattuso’s guys won for the first time in five Serie A games to finish Saturday at the Champions League qualification areas after Kessie slotted in by 12 yards 11 minutes in the time.
Milan had only just had a spot-kick award-winning via a VAR inspection after referee Gianluca Rocchi chose Francesco Acerbi can do little when Hakan Calhanoglu drove the ball in his elbow.
However, Lazio replacement Riza Durmisi wasted that reprieve by barging to Mateo Musacchio, demonstrating a degree of composure in stark contrast to that of Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie.
Tempers were frayed at fulltime as players from both sides were involved in skirmishes, together with Gattuso playing with the improbable role of peacemaker.
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Pepe Reina, beginning once again instead of the wounded Gianluigi Donnarumma, made a stunning reaction save in the next minute when Ciro Immobile sidefooted towards the bottom corner following a twinkle-toed run from Joaquin Correa.
Milan struggled to impose themselves throughout the opening exchanges, but Suso raised over from the 31st minute after outstanding hold-up drama from Krzysztof Piatek.
The Poland striker then looped a header narrowly wide before Immobile hit the article from the 43rd minute.
Correa’s passing through injury early in the next half shrouded Lazio, though Lucas Leiva fired Luis Alberto’s right-wing corner to the side netting.
Cristian Zapata arrived on for wounded Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and stumbled upon a mazy 70th-minute run out of defence, playing Piatek to be refused by Thomas Strakosha.
The Lazio goalkeeper then found himself preparing for two penalties in quick succession and figured incorrectly in the one he confronted.
At a flavor of what was to come, Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi was shipped off to losing his cool with all the officers, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s rejected punishment appeal after Ricardo Rodriguez’s stoppage-time obstacle also did small for its visitors’ collective disposition.
What exactly does it imply? Gattuso’s guys back in place
Defeat in the month’s derby from Inter threatened to violate Milan’s time and the following slump could damage them at the last reckoning. Therefore, this felt like a must-win competition for Gattuso’s side. Lazio are just five factors back in eighth and under Atalanta and Torino, that also have a match in hand on Milan along with fifth-placed Roma.
Correa dazzles before death
Lazio still have a chance of finishing in the top four but these will probably dwindle if Argentina global Correa is absent for any elongated time period. A glowing and instinctive attacking existence, the ex-Sevilla man connected impressively with Immobile since Lazio enjoyed the better of the first half. Immobile’s sway was considerably reduced when he had been paired with the stronger Felipe Caicedo.
Durmisi the dummy
Acerbi brilliantly marshalled that the Lazio defence for the majority of the competition, mostly shackling Piatek. It required Durmisi fewer than five minutes to reverse his team-mates’ great use a second of absolute brainlessness.
Essential Opta stats
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– Milan are unbeaten in their past 29 experiences in the home from Lazio in Serie A: the longest such conduct for the Rossoneri against a side from the top-flight.
– Milan have won all those five matches at which Franck Kessie has found the internet in Serie A this year – from Roma, Sassuolo, Parma, Empoli and Lazio.
– Lazio have surrendered 33 percent of the goals at the past 15 minutes of their matches (11 of 33), the maximum ratio in the contest.
– Just Lionel Messi (nine) has struck the woodwork more instances than Ciro Immobile (eight) from the Top-5 European Leagues 2018-19.
What is next?
Lazio perform with the first of two home games per week once they host relegation-threatened Udinese, while Milan’s trip to Parma following Saturday may also have consequences at the end of this table.