Lazio Roma – AC Milan: Dominant Lazio score late equalizer deny Milan a stolen victory (1-1)
Joaquín Correa scored a late equalizer to earn a well-deserved point for Lazio, after AC Milan initially took the lead through a deflected own goal. The systems deployed by both sides largely cancelled each other out, but Lazio remained assertive for the large majority of the match because of their aggressive positioning and counterpressing.
The league table was finely poised ahead of the match, with Lazio occupying the fourth place, and AC Milan just one point behind in fifth position. Overall, there is very little to separate the contenders for Champions League qualification in Italy at the moment, but this contest would surely offer some early insight into both clubs’ prowess to finish fourth in this year’s Serie A.
Lazio approached the match in relatively odd form, considering that their last three league matches consisted of a draw, a big win, and a heavy defeat. That in comparison to Milan, who had won three of their previous five by one-goal margins. This season, Milan has only lost domestic league matches against the sides located at the very top of the table, in Napoli, Inter Milan and Juventus.
Simone Inzaghi made three changes to his side from their previous match against Sassuolo, with Wallace, Milan Badelj and Adam Marušić taking the place of Luiz Felipe, Lucas Leiva and Patric. Lazio deployed a 3-1-4-2 formation, but the midfield was very fluid and could be interpreted as a 3-5-1-1 depending on the moment.
Gennaro Gattuso had to make significant changes given the amount of first-team players he was missing through suspension or injury, with key figure Gonzalo Higuaín suspended due to his antics before the international break against Juventus.
To manage the problem, Gattuso employed a 3-4 . . .