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Match Recap: Milan 1-1 Lazio: Milan fail to hold onto lead & surrender late equalizer to Lazio

Kessie’s opening goal cancelled out in stoppage time by Lazio’s Correa

SS Lazio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Lazio scored a stoppage time equalizer to deny AC Milan a win that would have seen Milan go into the Champions League spot and leapfrog over Lazio. Franck Kessie’s second-half shot was deflected into the back of the net, and it appeared to be the winning goal until Joaquín Correa scored in stoppage time, meaning that the two sides will share the points and Milan will stay in fifth place, but still only a single point behind fourth-placed Lazio.

Milan got their first big chance in the game at about the 16th minute when Hakan Calhanoglu got free in the box with the ball at his feet. His shot looked bound for the top corner, but a save from Thomas Strakosha, the Lazio keeper, but the ball off the post and Kessie’s follow-up shot went out for a corner.

Lazio had appeared to go ahead in the 38th minute, but the goal was correctly waived off after Ciro Immobile was ruled to have been offsides before making the final pass to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The last few minutes of the half saw Lazio heap yet more pressure onto the Milan goal, forcing Gigio Donnarumma into a fine save and a Marco Parolo curling shot went just wide of the post. Milan looked to just hold on to the 0-0 draw as Lazio looked to try and get something out of the first half.

The second half started much the same way as the first half ended, with Lazio looking to break through while Milan looked to ride out the storm and look to take their chances when they came.

Fabio Borini, of all people, had a good chance in the 61st minute, but his shot was saved by Strakosha. Lazio subbed off a couple players in an attempt to freshen up the team, but again, the hosts held the majority of the possession and had most of the decent attacking pressure.

Donnarumma made yet another amazing save to keep the score level in the 71st minute, as he saved a sure goal from Wallace, as he hit a header down right in the six yard box. Kessie also did well to not panic and cleared the ball cleanly, rather than just simply flail at the ball. Donnarumma hasn’t always been at his best this season, but he showed what all the fuss was about by saving that shot.

Milan would make Lazio pay for all of the wasted possession and missed chances in the 78th minute, as Suso found Davide Calabria all the way up the pitch in an advanced position. Calabria did well to drive into the box and he then picked out Kessie trailing the play for a shot that deflected off of Wallace as it streaked into the back of the net to give Milan the lead. VAR took a look to ensure that Calabria was onside, and the

Milan dealt with a flurry of late Lazio corner-kicks, but despite the continued pressure Lazio was unable to find their equalizer in until stoppage time, when Joaquín Correa took advantage of a poor clearance to stab the ball home and give Lazio a draw.

Milan will host Dudelange in the Europa League this Thursday before Sunday’s match against Parma, while Lazio will travel to Cyprus to take on Apollon Limassol before taking on bottom-of-the-table Chievo Verona next Sunday.