Milan maintained their 100% departure for the Serie A season thanks to goals from Rafael Leao and returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic who gave them a 2-0 win over Lazio at San Siro on Sunday.
After winning the first two games of the 2020-21 season against Sampdoria and Cagliari, the victory over Lazio of Maurizio Sarri, who had also won the first two games, means that the Rossoneri have won the first three consecutive league games in seasons for the first time in the Italian top flight.
Leao’s second goal of the season put them on the right track, although Stefano Pioli’s side missed the opportunity to increase their lead just before half-time when Franck Kessie hit the crossbar with a penalty.
Ibrahimovic – returned to the field after a knee injury sustained in May – spared his teammate’s blushes just seven minutes after being introduced as a substitute in the second half, taking advantage of Milan’s excellent start to the season as they continued in style.
Drama at the final whistle, with the expulsion of Sarri from referee Daniele Chiffi after Ibrahimovic and Lucas Leiva had exchanged heated words.
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Milan dominated in the early stages, making seven shots per half hour, but Pepe Reina only had one save to make at that moment.
Davide Calabria was guilty of wasting his best initial chance, the extreme who threw aside from 10 yards after being fielded by Ante Rebic.
The hosts, however, took the lead at half-time, with Leao putting the ball in the bottom left corner after the one-two with Rebic.
Pioli’s men should have doubled their lead in the first half of injury time, but Kessie hit his penalty shot against the crossbar after Chiffi punished Ciro Immobile for a foul on the AC Milan midfielder following a pitchside review.
Milan picked up where they left off after half-time and scored top points in the 67th minute when Ibrahimovic entered the field without marking to push Rebic’s cross into an empty net – the first time the Croatian has provided two assists. in a Serie A match.
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Their title charge has waned in the final months of the 2020-21 campaign, but Pioli’s team has dusted off and looks ready to challenge again this season.
Lazio had scored nine goals in their first two games of the season, but Sarri’s side were wiped out with minimal noise at San Siro, with the hosts taking a whopping 21 shots against eight of their opponents.
Leao ready to shine
Leao has already scored a third of his Serie A tally from last season and looks set for a groundbreaking season. The Portuguese prospect was a handful for Lazio defense the whole time and had taken three shots when he was substituted within an hour – a tally not improved by anyone on the pitch at the end of the match.
Immobile sums up the evils of Lazio
Immobile has scored four goals in Lazio’s first two Serie A games this season, but hasn’t sniffed against Milan’s stingy defense. The Italian international made only one shot and conceded a penalty before his late substitution.
On Wednesday Milan are away against Liverpool in the Champions League and on Sunday they visit Juventus in the league. Lazio will face Galatasaray in Turkey on Thursday in the Europa League before the Serie A home game against Cagliari three days later.