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October 20, 2012
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 45000
A. Candreva 41'
M. Klose 49'
N. de Jong 61'
S. El Shaarawy 79'
So, the Milan rot continues as Lazio claim a valuable three points in their Scudetto bid. If you haven't already seen it, make sure to check out the golazo by Antonio Candreva. That's all from me, Max Bentley, on what has been a pulsating affair at the Stadio Olimpico. Good night.
Milan have now failed to beat Lazio in six consecutive league meetings. Their last victory came in a 2-1 win back in November 2009.
Could that be the end of the road for Massimiliano Allegri? Their Scudetto challenge up in flames, can Milan redeem themselves in the Champions League away at Malaga in midweek?
FULL TIME: LAZIO 3 - 2 MILAN. Massimiliano Allegri's side crash to a fifth league defeat of the season despite a brave second half fightback. Lazio move to within one point of Napoli in third place as their impressive start continues.
90' + 4'
That could be the end as Bojan's cross is wastefully overhit. Frustration etched on the faces of the Milan players.
90' + 2'
Mario Yepes goes down in the box but the Milan appeals are futile. Can they muster one last opportunity on Bizzarri's goal?
In the final minute as Milan attack with El Shaarawy, but his cross is headed away by Ledesma. FOUR minutes of stoppage time to be played.
Wonderful header from Konko to prevent Yepes from nodding home an equaliser. All hands to the pump for Lazio now.
Senad Lulic does excellently to slip in Miroslav Klose in the box but his touch is heavy and Yepes mops up the danger.
Lazio refusing to commit too many players forward late on. They look to frustrate Milan by holding onto possession.
Last roll of the dice for Allegri's side as Bojan enters the fray to replace Luca Antonini. Can he net his first goal in Milan colours?
The Biancocelesti look to hold onto their lead by throwing on former Milan player Cristian Brocchi for Antonio Candreva. Will his wonder strike go in vain?
The points looked home and dry for Vladimir Petkovic's side but they now find themselves clinging on against a Milan side who have just been given a huge confidence boost. Under ten minutes remaining.
GoalStephan El Shaarawy
THE COMEBACK IS ON! Just as I was saying how he hadn't been performing this second half, Stephan El Shaarawy cuts inside Abdoulay Konko and sends a low shot which bobbles off the turf and nestles into the far corner of Bizzarri's net. 3-2!
Hernanes once again tests Amelia with a low shot from the edge of the box. Will Lazio rue their profligacy?
El Shaarawy has been disappointing in this second half and he loses possession on the edge of the box as a promising Milan move breaks down.
Urby Emmanuelson has been Milan's best performer in this second period and once again he picks out a cross to find El Shaarawy in the box whose header is off target.
Milan continue to look for the aerial prowess of Giampaolo Pazzini and his glancing header drifts just wide of the post from Luca Antonini's cross.
A defensive lapse from Riccardo Montolivo nearly allows Senad Lulic to steal into the Milan box, but Amelia is alert and smothers the ball.
Second substitution for Lazio as former-Sunderland midfielder Lorik Cana replaces Alvaro Gonzalez.
SO NEARLY 4-1! Hernanes' swerving shot from the edge of the box is spilt by Amelia and Alvaro Gonzalez's rebound is deflected around the post for a corner.
Twenty minutes left for Milan to rescue something from this match. Lazio are happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.
There is a pause in play as Antonio Candreva requires treatment. Lorik Cana looks set to come on for the hosts.
Lazio enjoy a neat a passage of play around the Milan box which ends with Senad Lulic testing Amelia with a header from Konko's right-wing cross.
Pazzini latches onto a cute reverse pass from Emmauelson but skews his shot wide of Bizzarri's right-hand post.
Lazio seem rattled by that Milan goal as Allegri's side look threatening for the first time in this game. Emmanuelson has been excellent since coming on for the Rossoneri.
GoalNigel De Jong
LIFELINE FOR MILAN? Nigel De Jong gets his first goal for Milan as he diverts Urby Emmanuelson's superb low freekick past Bizzarri. Can that fire Allegri's side into life?
First change for Vladimir Petkovic's side as the Belgian 21-year-old Luis Cavanda replaces Stefano Mauri.
Yellow CardLuca Antonini
Yellow CardAlvaro Gonzalez
Handbags in the Lazio penalty area as Alvaro Gonzalez goes down under pressure from Luca Antonini. The Milan defender feels that he has gone down too easy and they square off, forcing the referee to brandish two yellow cards.
WHAT A CHANCE! From the resulting corner the unmarked Pato misses a glaring opportunity as he heads wide of the post from a few yards out. Should have been a goal.
Emanuelson and Pazzini combine again with the striker forcing Bizzarri into an awkward save from a header.
By the way, that Klose strike now ties him with Edison Cavani at the top of the Serie A goalscorers list on six goals.
Better from Milan! Urby Emmanuelson sends in a cross to the front post which is powered just wide by Giampaolo Pazzini.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Allegri throws on Alexandre Pato for Antonio Nocerino. Can he provide the inspiration for this Milan team seemingly devoid of ideas?
3-0 LAZIO! Miroslav Klose seals a fantastic team move with a cushioned volley from Antonio Candreva's right-wing cross. Where was the marking? Milan are all over the place.
Abdoulay Konko looks to play in Alvaro Gonzalez but his pass is just behind the midfielder and Milan survive an early scare.
Milan get the second half underway.
It seems that Urby Emmanuelson will replace Kevin Prince Boateng for the second half. Could Alexandre Pato feature for the first time since that Champions League loss against Barcelona back in April?
A few of you saying that you would like to see Allegri sacked even if Milan can stage a remarkable comeback. Who would you want to take the Rossoneri reigns?
Ahmed Sheck on Twitter: "Allegri switched back to 4-3-1-2 which failed to produce in the beginning of the season, we need miracles, is pato the savior?"
Here's the first-half analysis from my Goal.com correspondent Renger Dotinga: "Milan devoid of ideas, and deservedly two goals behind. Not even a shadow of the team that nearly retained the title last term."
Milan's worse start in over 80 years looks set to continue at this rate as they are heading for their fifth defeat in eight Serie A games. Will Allegri ring the changes at half-time?
HALF TIME AT STADIO OLIMPICO: LAZIO 2 - 0 MILAN. Lazio sprung to life after a dull 25 minutes through the brilliance of Hernanes before Antonio Candreva scored what will surely be one of the goals of the season. Lazio looking a good bet for all three points here. Will Massimiliano Allegri be able to salvage his Milan career in the second half? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @MaxBentley1.
Kevin Prince Boateng has really struggled to get into this game and he loses possession on the edge of the Lazio box. That will surely be Milan's last attack of the half.
Lazio are looking to inflict more damage on this wounded Milan side and Hernanes tests Amelia with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box. You can feel the confidence flooding through this Lazio side.
Milan nearly pull one back when Luca Antonini's mazy run is brought to an end by a last-ditch tackle from Biava. Big half-time team-talk for Allegri.
WHAT A STRIKE BY CANDREVA! The Italian international midfielder unleashes a dipping strike from 25 yards which flies into the top left-hand corner with Amelia nowhere near it. Pick that one out!
Lazio's passing has been a joy to watch at times in this match and they are beginning to dictate the midfield battle.
Milan work the ball out wide again and Ignazio Abate sends in a brilliant cross to the front post which is cleared by Cristian Ledesma. Can they find an equaliser before the break?
Yellow CardMario Yepes
Mario Yepes is shown a yellow card for a push on Miroslav Klose.
Riccardo Montolivo sends a brilliant corner into the Lazio box and with Albano Bizzarri flapping, Yepes cannot quite divert the ball into the net.
Luca Antonini does excellently down the left-hand side to beat his marker and sends in a teasing cross which is turned behind by Giuseppe Biava with El Shaarawy ready to pounce.
Lazio sitting back and holding onto their lead at the moment. Milan look comfortable in possession but they cannot find that killer pass.
Will that goal affect Milan's confidence? They had matched their opponents during the first 25 minutes but a piece of sublime skill and cruel misfortune has turned this game into Lazio's favour early on.
ALMOST AN INSTANT RESPONSE FROM MILAN! Stephan El Shaarawy seizes onto a pass in the Lazio penalty box and fires through the legs of Bizzarri but Dias is on hand to clear off the line. He punches the air in delight, fantastic goalline save from the Brazilian defender.
GOOALL LAZIIOOO!! Vladimir Petkovic's side take the lead through their midfield maestro Hernanes. The Brazilian midfielder jinks past Bonera with a clever piece of skill and cuts onto his left foot. His effort takes a wicked deflection off Bonera and loops over the helpless Amelia. 1-0!
Nocerino has Bizzarri scrambling with a curled effort from the edge of the box but it bounces just wide of the far post. Neither goalkeeper really been tested so far.
That's the first time we have seen Giampaolo Pazzini. He does brilliantly to pluck a long ball out of the air but his effort is deflected behind for a Milan corner.
Milan are looking nervous from set-pieces. Lazio continue to pump balls into the box, aiming for the head of Miroslav Klose but Milan just about manage to clear their lines.
Lazio beginning to grow into this game now. They need to be careful though because Milan look dangerous on the break with El Shaarawy a particular nuisance early on.
Wasteful from Lazio! Abdoulay Konko unleashes an optimistic attempt from 25 yards which goes sailing over the crossbar. He had plenty of men in the box to aim for.
Yellow CardAndrè Dias
One a piece in the referee's book now as Andre Dias is cautioned for a nasty tackle on Nocerino.
Yellow CardAntonio Nocerino
First yellow card of the game as Antonio Nocerino catches Antonio Candreva with a late challenge.
Penalty appeal turned down for Milan as Stephan El Shaarawy wriggles past two Lazio defenders before going to ground. The referee waves play on.
Half-chance for the hosts as Stefano Mauri glances Abdoulay Konko's cross into the the hands of Amelia.
Milan looking composed and happy to play it out from the back. Lazio looking to get Hernanes on the ball as much as possible but they have yet to fashion an opening.
Massimiliano Allegri will be happy with how his side have started here. Lazio yet to test Marco Amelia in the Milan goal.
Nigel De Jong has the first meaningful attempt of the game as he drags an effort from 25 yards just wide of Albano Bizzarri's post.
Neat footwork on the edge of the Lazio box from Kevin Prince Boateng but he cannot slide the ball into the path of Stephan El Shaarawy and Abdoulay Konko nervously clears.
Early pressure from the hosts as Antonio Candreva forces Mario Yepes into conceding a corner. However, it fails to beat the first man and Milan clear the danger.
Stefano Mauri and Daniele Bonera exchange captain's welcomes and it will be Lazio who get this Serie A clash underway. A smile on the face of Allegri prior to kickoff. Will he still be smiling come full time?
This game will surely tell us whether Lazio are capable of sustaining a Scudetto challenge. Let me know your thoughts and predictions on Twitter @MaxBentley1.
In the last league meeting here between the two sides in February, Lazio triumphed 2-0 with goals from Hernanes and Tomasso Rocchi.
A bit of pre-match entertainment at the Stadio Olimpico as an eagle flies around the ground with blue and white ribbons between its talons. Great atmosphere and plenty of flag-waving too!
Milan (4-3-1-2): Amelia; Abate, Bonera, Yepes, Antonini; De Jong, Nocerino, Montolivo; Boateng; El Shaarawy, Pazzini.
Lazio (3-4-2-1): Bizzarri; Konko, Biava, Dias; Lulic, Ledesma, Candreva, Gonzalez; Hernanes, Mauri; Klose.
Without further ado, let's bring you tonight's lineups...
A win for Lazio today will surely be the final nail in Massimiliano Allegri's coffin. Can his Milan side bounce back from that costly 1-0 defeat in the Milanese derby and kickstart their season? My name is Max Bentley and I'll be keeping you up-to-date with all the action from the Stadio Olimpico.
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