After being absent for four months, Zlatan Ibrahimovic , returned to play and immediately presented goals when AC Milan met Lazio . Milan also won 2-0. The third week of the 2021-2022 Italian League match between AC Milan vs Lazio was held at the San Siro Stadium, Sunday (12/9/2021).
AC Milan won 2-0 thanks to goals from Rafael Leao (45′) and substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic (67′). Thanks to the victory over Lazio, the squad aka I Rossoneri (The Red-Black) managed to maintain their perfect record in the Italian League 2021-2022 .
AC Milan have always won in the first three weeks of Serie A this season against Sampdoria (1-0), Cagliari (4-1), and Lazio (2-0). When meeting Lazio, Milan’s dominance has been seen since the first interval of the match. Throughout the first half, the Rossoneri team recorded a total of 11 shots, compared to only two belonging to the visitors Lazio.
The intense pressure led to Rafael Leao’s goal in the 45th minute. Leao slickly utilize a pass from Ante Rebic in a counter-attack scheme. The agile Portuguese striker was careful to place the ball into the corner of the Lazio goal escorted by Pepe Reina.
Asa Diavolo sharpened the lead after Franck Kessie’s penalty hit the bar in first-half injury time . The white point was appointed by the referee after Ciro Immobile was found to have violated Kessie in the 16 meter box.
In the second half, Lazio is still difficult to get out of the pressure of Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic who entered in the 60th minute had made the visitors’ defense nervous. Ibrahimovic, who had previously been sidelined for four months due to injury, opened fire from inside the penalty box after receiving a serve from Theo Hernandez. Goals were not created because of blocks made by Lazio’s defensive pillars.
Ibrahimovic’s comeback to the gridiron was finally perfect thanks to a goal in the 67th minute. The counter-attack scheme that led to Ibra’s goal was started by Sandro Tonali’s long pass to Ante Rebic. Rebic, who was free-standing in the right area of Lazio’s defense, broke the opponent’s focus with his dribbling movement. Rebic’s penetration ended with a low pass to Ibrahimovic in front of goal.
Without significant difficulty, Ibrahimovic struck the ball into the net of Pepe Reina’s goal. Ibrahimovic’s goal was to seal AC Milan’s victory over Lazio. When the referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the match, the scoreboard showed the score 2-0 for the Rossoneri hosts .
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): 16-Maignan; 2-Calabria, 23-Tomori, 13-Romagnoli, 19-Theo Hernandez; 79-Kessie (41-Bakayoko 61′ [4-Bennacer 74′]), 8-Tonali; 25-Florenzi (56-Saelemaekers 60′), 10-Brahim Diaz (5-Ballo-Toure 80′), 17-Rafael Leao (11-Ibrahimovic 60′), 12-Rebic. Subs : 1-Tatarusanu, 24-Kjaer, 46-Gabbia, 20-Kalulu, 7-Castillejo, 27-Maldini, 64-Pellegri.
Coach: Stefano Pioli . Lazio (4-3-3): 25-Reina; 77-Marusic (29-Lazzari 64′), 3-Luiz Felipe, 33-Acerbi, 23-Hysaj; 21-Milinkovic-Savic (88-Basic 74′), 6-Leiva, 10-Luis Alberto; 9-Pedro (27-Raul Moro 84′), 17-Immobile (94-Muriqi 84′), 7-Felipe Anderson (20-Zaccagni 64′). Subs : 1-Strakosha, 26-Radu, 4-Patric, 31-Adamonis, 5-Escalante, 32-Cataldi, 8-Akpa-Akpro.
AC Milan has successfully damaged Sarrismo Lazio’s football . Milan beat the visitors Lazio two goals without reply in the third week of the Italian League 2021-2022 . AC Milan managed to beat Lazio 2-0 in the third week of the 2021-2022 Italian League at the San Siro Stadium, Sunday (12/9/2021).
The winning goal I Diavolo Rosso (Red Devils), Milan’s nickname, was presented by Rafael Leao (45′) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (67′). In front of Milan, Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio’s flow of play seemed to evaporate.
Lazio did not look that in the previous two weeks so mightily crushed Empoli (3-1) and Spezia (6-1). Sarrismo, Maurizio Sarri’s attacking style of football that relies on possession, a combination of fast vertical passes, and fluid positional permutations, Lazio cannot display perfectly at the San Siro.
Milan fights fire with fire. Sarri’s Lazio always want to play with a high defensive line. Even before the match against Milan, Sarri said he would like to see Lazio’s defense built 50 meters further from goal.
“We don’t have a good ability to continue playing with a high defensive line. Our goal is to defend even higher,” Sarri was quoted as saying by DAZN ahead of the start of the duel against Milan. I Diavolo also responded by putting pressure on Lazio’s territory. Stefano Pioli’s direction of Milan also appeared brave by hitting a high defensive line.
“I thought we played incredibly well. We defended well and closed every gap,” said AC Milan captain , Alessio Romagnoli , after the duel against Lazio .
Instructions from coach Stefano Pioli were carried out smoothly by the Milan players on the pitch. Pressing intense Rossoneri make the operand Lazio broken lines. Sarrismo , or the British media prefer to call him by the term Sarriball , was nowhere to be seen on the grass of the San Siro.
Milan dominated possession, with the percentage of 53 to 47 percent of the visitors Lazio. For the first time this season, Lazio lost in terms of possession. In the previous two matches against Empoli (58 percent possession) and Spezia (60 percent), Lazio always emerged as the more dominant team.
The Lega Serie A website noted that when in possession of the ball, the average distance between the Milan defense line and their own goal was 54.49 meters. That number is higher than Lazio’s record which raised their defense as far as 53.23 meters from goal when holding the round skin.
“We played well with a high defensive line and received very few threats from Lazio,” said Romagnoli, who has made 9 recoveries of possession for Milan, the highest of any team-mate. “We knew Sarri’s side were very good in possession and we managed to take most of the chances,” Romagnoli said.