Lazio Disappoint in First Challenge of the Season, 2-0 Loss to AC Milan

Lazio disappointed in their first challenge of the season, falling 2-0 to AC Milan in the San Siro yesterday.

The Biancocelesti never looked in control of the match and struggled for chances, only making eight shots all game compared to the Rossoneri’s 21 attempts, despite having 54% of the possession.

Here are the two Starting XI’s for the match (via Lazio):

Lazio (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Adam Marusic (64′ Manuel Lazzari), Luiz Felipe, Francesco Acerbi, Elseid Hysaj; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (74’ Toma Basic), Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto; Pedro (84′ Raul Moro), Ciro Immobile (84′ Vedat Muriqi), Felipe Anderson (64’ Mattia Zaccagni). 

  • On the bench: Thomas Strakosha, Marius Adamonis, Patric, Stefan Radu, Danilo Cataldi, Gonzalo Escalante, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro.

AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Franck Kessié (60′ Tiemoue Bakayoko, 74′ Ismael Bennacer), Sandro Tonali; Alessandro Florenzi (60′ Alexis Saelemaekers), Brahim Diaz (80′ Fode Ballo-Touré), Rafael Leao (60′ Zlatan Ibrahimovic); Ante Rebic. 

  • On the bench: Andreas Jungdal, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Davide Gabbia, Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Samu Castillejo, Daniel Maldini, Pietro Pellegri.

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AC Milan were in control for the majority of the first half, which wasn’t helped when Marusic picked up a booking in the 17th minute.

Just before half-time, the Rossoneri took the lead, with Leao scoring following a quick counter-attack against Lazio, making the game 1-0.

In the added time, a penalty was awarded to the Milanese club following Immobile’s foul on Kessie in the box. Luckily for the Roman club, Kessie’s penalty bounced off the crossbar before the rebound went wide. 

Reina and Luis Alberto were both booked in the aftermath of the decision for their protests.

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In the second half Lazio tried to exert a little more pressure but to little tangible effect.

Hysaj picked up a yellow card in the 57th minute, ahead of a triple change by coach Stefano Pioli, who brought on Ibrahimovic, Bakayoko and Saelemaekers in place of Leao, Kessie and Florenzi.

Sarri made his first changes in the 64th minute, bringing on Lazzari and Zaccagni in place of Marusic and Felipe Anderson.

In the 66th minute, Ibrahimovic doubled AC Milan’s lead, giving the Rossoneri a 2-0 advantage over Lazio following a strong attacking movement.

Basic made his debut in the 74th minute, coming on in place of a disappointing Milinkovic-Savic.
Sarri’s final set of changes came in the 84th minute, with Sarri bringing off Pedro and Immobile to make space for Moro and Muriqi.

Following that defeat, Lazio now sit sixth in the table with six points after the first three games.

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