AC Milan beat ten man SS Lazio at home in Serie A to maintain their challenge for the UEFA Champions League places.
AC Milan comfortably defeated SS Lazio in Serie A to continue their remarkably impressive return to form under Massimiliano Allegri.
The Rossoneri lost five of their first eight league matches to lead to newspaper reports that Allegri would be sacked, but since then, they have improved immeasurably.
Beating FC Barcelona 2-0 at home in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last sixteen tie was the culmination of that progress, but Serie A is the team’s bread and butter, if you’ll forgive the unforgivable cliche.
After all, they have to qualify for next season’s top European competition.
Against Lazio, AC Milan were granted a significant advantage when Antonio Candreva was sent off after sixteen minutes; the defender shown a straight red for his last man challenge on Stephan El Shaarawy.
With the visitors having to play for over 70 minutes with ten men, it was always going to be a stroll for AC Milan.
Giampaolo Pazzini scored a brace either side of a Kevin Prince Boateng strike, and AC Milan move into those vital UEFA Champions League qualifying spots.
Watch official Serie A video highlights of the match below: