Milan climbed back into the fight for the top four after sweeping second-placed Lazio aside with Ismael Bennacer and a Theo Hernandez coast to coast goal, but lost Rafael Leao to injury.

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The Rossoneri could not afford another slip-up after the draw with Cremonese midweek and brought their top stars back, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tommaso Pobega missed out. Second-placed Lazio were without Danilo Cataldi and Matias Vecino, so Marcos Antonio stepped in.

It was the worst possible start for the hosts, because within 11 minutes Rafael Leao pulled something at the top of his right thigh during a run stopped by Ivan Provedel and limped off to be replaced by Alexis Saelemaekers.

However, they still took the lead when a high press paid off, as Ismael Bennacer caught Marcos Antonio napping and was sent clear in a combination with Olivier Giroud for the acrobatic finish from 14 yards.

Mattia Zaccagni’s cross found nobody in the box, so Mike Maignan gave it to Theo Hernandez inside the penalty area, the Frenchman ran the entire length of the pitch and the powerful finish flew into the far top corner for 2-0.

Nicolò Casale deflected a Saelemaekers curler over the bar, while Bennacer turned wide from the edge of the box. Casale was booked for a late lunge on Theo Hernandez and was accidentally kicked in the face in the process.

Malick Thiaw turned a free header over the bar from Sandro Tonali’s set play and Ante Rebic had the ball in the net after wandering offside, but Lazio didn’t get a single shot on target in a disconcertingly sluggish performance.

Their only threat was an Alessio Romagnoli header over from a corner at the 90th minute and deep into stoppages Toma Basic horribly scuffing the Luis Alberto assist.

Milan 2-0 Lazio

Bennacer 17 (M), Theo Hernandez 30 (M)

Player statistic

1st half
Ismaël Bennacer
(Assist: Olivier Giroud)
Goal 17'    
    20' Yellow card Alessio Romagnoli
    24' Yellow card Adam Marusic
Theo Hernández
(Assist: Mike Maignan)
Goal 29'    
Davide Calabria Yellow card 42'    
2nd half
    61' Yellow card Nicolò Casale
    88' Yellow card Luca Pellegrini
Malick Thiaw Yellow card 89'    

Match statistic

52
Possession %
48
10
Total shots
8
3
Shots on target
4
Shots off target
5
3
Blocked shots
3
6
Corners
4
2
Offsides
1
10
Fouls
8
Milan
Lazio

Starting lineups

16
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
46'
23
Defender
24
Defender
46'
19
80'
4
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
30
Attacker
9
Attacker
69'
17
Attacker
11'
94
Goalkeeper
77
Defender
56'
13
23
Defender
68'
15
Defender
10
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
56'
21
68'
17
Attacker
81'
7
Attacker

Substitutes

10
Midfielder
1
Goalkeeper
83
Goalkeeper
14
Midfielder
46
Defender
32
Midfielder
27
Attacker
90
7
Midfielder
40
Midfielder
56
Midfielder
11'
20
Defender
46'
28
Defender
46'
12
Attacker
69'
5
80'
4
Defender
26
Defender
18
Attacker
31
Goalkeeper
50
Midfielder
96
Midfielder
1
Goalkeeper
34
Defender
9
Attacker
56'
29
Defender
56'
88
Midfielder
68'
3
Defender
68'
11
81'

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