Lazio failed to impress in their away trip to Milan, looking tired and unfocused as the Rossoneri snatched all three points to give themselves a key boost in the race for a top four finish.
The Biancocelesti came into this match having only picked up three points in their last three outings, making a win vital as they work to keep a hold of their second-place spot in the Serie A table.
Milan, on the other hand, have looked confusingly inconsistent in recent weeks and entered the weekend outside the Champions League spots, putting the pressure on them to find a result just days before their European semi-final clash with intercity rivals Inter.
The opening 10 minutes was positive from Lazio, who started the match on the front foot and had a decent chance with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose shot went far wide.
Unfortunately, this early momentum didn’t last long and Ismael Bennacer scored the opener for Milan after 17 minutes. A mistake in the build-up by Marcos Antonio allowed Bennacer to nick the ball, letting him pass it off to a waiting Olivier Giroud before it was played back into his path, giving him the chance to smash it past Ivan Provedel.
12 minutes later and things went from bad to worse for Lazio. An almost full-pitch run by Theo Hernandez brought him to the edge of the penalty area, where he perfectly fired a shot past a diving Provedel, doubling the Rossoneri’s advantage after just 29 minutes.
Lazio tried to find a response to Milan in the remaining time left in the first half, but a few searching attempts failed to produce anything of note, leaving them frustrated as they trotted into the dressing room.
Things slowed down in the second half and Milan controlled the game well, limiting the Biancocelesti’s chances and protecting their lead. A few late chances in the dying minutes of the match almost saw Maurizio Sarri’s side claw one back, but their efforts were again in vain, leaving them empty handed in San Siro.
Lazio have now lost three of their last four league games and must return to winning ways against Lecce on 12th May as they look to avoid slipping out of the top four spots.