Lazio fell flat in San Siro, failing to hit the heights needed in a tough 2-0 loss to Scudetto hopefuls Milan.
The Biancocelesti’s season has not started well but Maurizio Sarri hoped the win over Torino would’ve fired the team up ahead of their trip to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but his hopes were quickly dashed on a warm Milanese evening.
Sarri made some changes to his usual Lazio squad for the clash with Milan, starting players like Valentin Castellanos, Nicolo Rovella and Matteo Guendouzi, leaving Ciro Immobile, Matias Vecino and Daichi Kamada on the bench.
The away side had an early chance through Felipe Anderson following an impressive run from the midfield, but his thunderous shot only bothered the side netting, letting the Rossoneri off the hook.
After this point, Milan started to take control of the match and Lazio couldn’t match this intensity, remaining on the backfoot for essentially the rest of the evening.
Stefano Pioli’s side had a few close chances in the remainder of the first half and it only seemed like a matter of time until they opened the scoring.
Milan scored their opener on the hour mark after a cut-back cross from Rafael Leao was perfectly met by Christian Pulisic, whose shot was almost saved by a diving Ivan Provedel before it crept into the back of the net.
Lazio meekly attempted to respond after this, but their ventures forward produced no results, keeping Milan ahead.
The Rossoneri then closed out their victory in the 88th minute after another cross-box pass from Leao was collected by Noah Okafor, who bundled the ball into the back of the net.
It was yet another frustrating defeat for Sarri’s side, casting a miserable shadow over Formello ahead of Lazio’s second Champions League outing against Celtic.