Kaka scored a sensational goal, but Milan’s defending in the air let them down again for a 1-1 draw with Lazio.
Both teams were in dire need of a boost after recent results and had to win over angry fans. The Rossoneri had slipped down to 10th place after a 3-2 defeat to Parma on Sunday, while Vladimir Petkovic quietened sack talk with a win over Cagliari. Philippe Mexes was still suspended with Matias Silvestre joining Stephan El Shaarawy, Giampaolo Pazzini and Daniele Bonera on the treatment table, but Christian Abbiati returned in goal. The Biancocelesti missed Lucas Biglia, Diego Novaretti, Senad Lulic, Giuseppe Biava, Abdoulay Konko and banned Stefano Mauri.
Lazio had another reason to seek a result, as their last victory at San Siro was back in September 1989 when Paolo Maldini scored an own goal, followed by nine draws and 14 losses.
Mario Balotelli tested Federico Marchetti from distance after three minutes and Kaka drilled just over the bar, as Milan got off to a very aggressive start.
Kaka burst into the box, nutmegged Stefan Radu and his finish rolled all the way across the face of goal to skim the back post.
Riccardo Montolivo forced Marchetti into a couple of saves with long-range efforts, but the early Rossoneri enthusiasm had waned by half-time. Kaka fired wide when he perhaps should’ve set up Valter Birsa.
The disappointing Hernanes was replaced by Eddy Onazi and his move set up Klose, but the German’s heavy first touch allowed Gabriel to block at his feet.
Kaka broke the deadlock with an absolutely stunning goal, his first since returning to the club. It was a magnificent curler from the edge of the box into the far top corner.
Alvaro Gonzalez did well to charge down a Balotelli effort from the edge of the box and SuperMario was booked for dissent after he was penalised for shoving Michael Ciani.
Lazio equalised by taking advantage of the fact Milan have conceded more headers than any other team in Serie A this season. Ciani got between defenders and was allowed a free header from six yards on Sergio Floccari’s cross.
Klose had the chance to win it for the Biancocelesti late on, but he only chipped it into Gabriel’s arms on the counter.
Ciani charged down Montolivo’s attempt set up by Alessandro Matri, while Gabriel needed two attempts to keep out Floccari.