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AC Milan 2-0 Lazio (Sep 30, 2023) Game Analysis

Christian Pulisic of the United States scored the first goal to help AC Milan defeat Lazio 2-0 at home on Saturday and temporarily top Serie A.

Milan sit top of the table with 18 points after seven games, three ahead of Inter who face Salenitana later on Saturday. Lazio ranks 14th with 7 points.

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Pulisic’s goal was his third since joining Milan from Chelsea this summer and his first in more than a month.

The pressure on Milan was mounting and the home team finally broke through on the hour mark. Tijjani Reijnders passed the ball to Rafael Leão, who crossed to Pulisic, who fired a half-volley with the inside of his left foot.

Christian Pulisic's goal helped AC Milan beat Lazio and move to the top of Serie A.
Christian Pulisic’s goal helped AC Milan beat Lazio and move to the top of Serie A.

Giuseppe Cortini/AC Milan Photo: Getty Images

When Pulisic was finally subbed off, the San Siro fans gave another standing ovation.

Fellow American Yunus Moussa almost doubled Milan’s lead in the 73rd minute, but he was denied by a fine save from Ivan Provedel.

The Lazio goalkeeper produced an equally impressive save at the end of the first half to prevent Olivier Giroud from celebrating his 37th birthday. Reynders hit the rebound into the post with his heel.

Okafor sealed the game with a simple shot two minutes from time after Leo’s stellar performance.

Lazio thought they had grabbed a late consolation goal when Pedro curled a lovely strike into the top corner but it was ruled out for offside earlier.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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