Franck Kessie’s deflected strike was cancelled out by a stoppage-time Joaquin Correa chest and volley, as Lazio and Milan share the spoils.
There was only one point separating them in this head-to-head for a Champions League spot. Milan Badelj stood in for Lucas Leiva, but Milan had to reinvent the team after losing Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura and suspended Gonzalo Higuain. Fabio Borini was adapted to the role of left wing-back in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
The hosts dominated from the start, Ciro Immobile failing to get on the end of an Adam Marusic ball across the face of goal, then Marco Parolo volleying a Luis Alberto assist over from seven yards and Badelj firing wide.
However, on 16 minutes Milan came very close to opening the scoring when Hakan Calhanoglu’s curler was fingertipped on to the far post by Thomas Strakosha.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had the ball in the net on 28 minutes after a give-and-go with Immobile, but his initial pass was a little late and the striker had wandered offside.
Gianluigi Donnarumma needed a great reaction save, getting down quickly to deny Immobile from close range, then scrambled across to see Parolo’s curler skim the upright.
Straight after the restart, Lazio came out very aggressive, Donnarumma catching an acrobatic Luis Alberto volley and Parolo furious there was no VAR review of a possible Franck Kessie shirt tug in the penalty area.
Marusic again put a dangerous ball across the six-yard box with Immobile unable to meet it, then Donnarumma got a hand to Immobile’s pull-back, putting Parolo off his volley at the far post.
Borini was being used as a wing-back, but hadn’t forgotten his roots as a striker and unleashed a curling finish that Strakosha palmed round the upright.
Donnarumma needed an absolutely sensational save on Wallace on 71 minutes. A Milan Badelj cross came in and the downward header was somehow scooped off the line with one hand from close range.
It was Milan who found a way through eventually 12 minutes from time. Suso’s ball over the top found Davide Calabria, who pulled back for Franck Kessie just inside the box and the shot took a massive deflection off Wallace to wrong-foot Strakosha.
Immobile was the last to give in, as he twisted and turned to test Donnarumma at the near post from the tightest of angles.
The siege of crosses and corners eventually paid off, as substitute Joaquin Correa chested down a Zapata clearance on the edge of the box and struck the low volley into the near bottom corner past Donnarumma’s fingertips.
Simone Inzaghi celebrated wildly and went a bit overboard, as he was sent off and refused to leave, taking several minutes to be coaxed away from the touchline.
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