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A crucial game at the Stadio Olimpico in the battle for European football took place as Lazio hosted AC Milan this evening as both sides looked to close the gap on the teams above them.

In the end, both sides had to settle for a draw with Biglia’s penalty cancelled out late on by Suso’s brilliant strike at the end. The brilliance of Donnarumma played a huge part in the game and Lazio will rue the missed chances that came to them.

Donnarumma (8) MOTM

In a game where Gigi went from hero to villain and hero again was a testament to the game the Italian had for the Rossoneri tonight. The 17 year old was outstanding on the night with some excellent one on one saves when Milan were chasing the game. His error on the 45th minute, and yes it was a mistake on his part in over committing in the challenge with Immobile. He practically made the decision for the referee, a rare mistake from Gigi but he made up for that with his second half performances. His save 1v1 with Immobile on the 82nd minute was crucial, minutes later Milan equalised. A game changer on his day, he brings confidence to his team-mates in scrappy games like these.

Abate (7)

A good game from the captain yet again, dealt with the threat of Keita Balde by showing him inside where the threat was dealt with from there. Denied a stonewall penalty on the night, something that’s become a common theme in Milan games.

Gomez (7.5)

A dominant performance from the Paraguayan in defence as he continues to adjust to Italian football in his debut season for the Rossoneri. Dominant in the air and improving on a game to game basis with the ball at his feet and positioning, the youngster will be ready to partner Romagnoli going forward.

Zapata (5)

In his five years at the club we’ve yet to see any real improvement in his defensive abilities with the coaches he’s worked under. His positioning for a player who’s really ever played centre-back is woeful. On multiple occasions he left his partner exposes 1v1 with Immobile and for someone with his experience that’s not acceptable.

Vangioni (6.5)

A confident performance from the left-back in only his second start for the club, something he’s built upon from his debut last week. Defensively he poses a problem for Montella, as Felipe Anderson continued to dominate that side of the pitch with the space left in behind.

Locatelli (6)

Not the best of games for the youngster as he struggled to really get going in the game. Still not convinced he has the qualities to play the regista role with the minor mistakes he makes in the defensive aspect of the role. Montella recognized an issue and replaced the Italian early into the second half.

Pasalic (6)

The Croatian put in a shift yet again in midfield in a slightly deeper role due to the box to box runs from Lazio’s midfield. Does the gritty stuff that many fail to acknowledge in what he brings to the side especially in Bonaventura’s absence. Underrated.

Poli (7)

A good overall game for the workhorse of the midfield in only his third start of the season. Worth noting his two previous starts for the club came in defeats to Genoa and Udinese and almost a third came until Suso rescued Milan with a late equaliser. A run of minutes can only help the player get back to the high level many thought he could be from his time at Sampdoria.

Suso (7.5)

Another game where the former Liverpool player has had little effect on the game going forward as oppositions look to nullify the threat of the Spaniard on that right hand by limiting the space in around him. With five minutes left, he produced a piece of magic to dribble his way the Lazio defence and curl an effort past the Albanian goalkeeper and rescue a point for Milan. Enough

Deulofeu (6)

Had a really good first half in his spell down the middle as the false nine. As the game went on the Spaniard went missing as space in the final third became limited.

Ocampos (5.5)

A poor debut for the Argentine, the work-rate was there as he interchanged between the left-wing and striker role with Deulofeu. His end product was simply not there because of his selfishness in the attack. Won’t be involved this weekend with a performance like that.

Subs:

Sosa (7)

His introduction into the game allowed Milan’s back-line to push up and with that the whole team, as his forward passing opened up spaces further forward. Brought a lot more urgency to the attack than Locatelli, as he brought the ball forward from deep and into the final third. In his post match interview,  Sosa spoke about playing “out of position, but playing with heart is what counts more.” You could defiantly see that in his play in the second half.

Lapadula (6)

His introduction changed Milan’s attack for the better, causing problems for De Vrij-Hoedt in defence. His movement and presence simply allowed Milan to push up and put Lazio on the back foot as they chased the game.

Mati Fernandez (N/A)

Didn’t really effect the game in his cameo appearance off the bench.

 

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