Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick and set up Luis Alberto as Lazio thrashed Milan 4-1, ending the Rossoneri’s 100 per cent record.
This match was delayed by an hour and almost called off completely due to weather warnings all over the city of Rome, which left the Metro system blocked, roads flooded and two people injured when a tree fell on their car.
Felipe Anderson and Luis Nani were injured for the hosts, while Davide Calabria stepped in for Andrea Conti after spraining his ankle on international duty. Lucas Biglia returned to face his former club and was given a frosty reception.
Lazio had not beaten Milan since a 1-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final success at San Siro on January 27, 2015. The Rossoneri were seeking three opening wins for the first time in 11 years and were given an early boost when Wallace went off with a muscular problem.
Gianluigi Donnarumma had to flap a Luis Alberto corner off the line before Bastos could get the tap-in. Both Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile had timid penalty appeals waved away for a Mateo Musacchio collision and Calabria nudge respectively.
Immobile’s first touch let him down on a smart Luis Alberto through ball, then Senad Lulic should’ve left the Dusan Basta cross for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic behind him.
Franck Kessie bundled into the back of the sprightly Luis Alberto for a penalty, which Immobile converted past Donnarumma.
Moments later, Immobile and Lazio doubled their tally in style with a spectacular volley, hooking the Senad Lulic cross back across the face of goal.
The second half started before Milan got into gear, as Lazio quickly made it 4-0. First Immobile completed his hat-trick, as Senad Lulic surged past Davide Calabria and Marco Parolo’s disguised pass sent the centre-forward clear.
Immobile was the first player to score a hat-trick in a game between these sides since Andriy Shevchenko in the legendary 4-4 draw of October 1999.
Moments later, Immobile flew away from Musacchio down the left and rolled across for Luis Alberto’s simple finish, totally unmarked.
Milan made two substitutions and the difference was immediately evident. A Hakan Calhanoglu free kick was charged down, but on the rebound Riccardo Montolivo spun round to score. It was his first Serie A goal since facing Catania in April 2014.
That goal seemed to wake the Rossoneri up, as Strakosha beat away a Calhanoglu ball over the top before Mateo Musacchio got there and Kessie ballooned the follow-up over the bar.
Immobile almost added his fourth of the game, dribbling past Leonardo Bonucci to fire just wide, and substitute Jack Bonaventura’s snapshot was smothered.
In stoppages, Dusan Basta rolled across the face of goal and Jordan Lukaku diving in was unable to get his studs to it.
Marco Parolo also managed to get himself sent off for a second bookable offence on Bonaventura.
Sent off: Parolo 93 (L)