Milan - Alessio Romagnoli scored
the only goal after 97 minutes as AC Milan reclaimed fourth place in
Serie A amid drama at 10-man Udinese on Sunday ahead of Lazio who
earlier crushed SPAL 4-1 with Ciro Immobile bagging a brace.
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Romagnoli fired in the winner amid a scramble in front of goal to add
to his midweek winner against Genoa, for a confidence-boost ahead of
next weekend's visit by champions Juventus to the San Siro.
"I know it burns to lose in the last minute," said Milan
coach Gennaro Gattuso, whose side have won three league games in the
past week after losing the Milan derby to Inter following a dramatic
Mauro Icardi injury-time winner.
"I liked really our performance
and attitude. We arrived with injuries and suffered, but deserved this
victory," added Gennaro after Milan kept their first clean sheet of the
AC Milan and Lazio both have 21 points from 11 games,
with Gattuso's side occupying the final Champions League spot on goal
The two teams are ten points behind leaders Juventus, who continued their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday.
suffered an early blow Sunday when Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain
was forced off after 35 minutes with a back problem and was replaced by
"Higuain felt a twinge in his back," said Gattuso, "but it doesn't seem to be anything serious."
Castillejo forced a series of saves from Juan Musso, setting up Suso
for what looked like a sure opener after 59 minutes only for his
compatriot to fire over when alone on front of goal.
left-back Bram Nuytinck was harshly sent off in injury time for a foul
on Castillejo and two minutes later Romagnoli jumped on an Nicholas
Amid a scramble in front of goal, Suso was unable to finish off so the captain fired in himself.
the offside flag being raised the goal stood after consultation with
the video assistant referee (VAR). It was the first game this season
than Milan have not conceded a goal.
Earlier Lazio bounced back from last week's 3-0 home defeat to Inter Milan.
"We had to redeem
ourselves after the knockout against Inter," said coach Simone Inzaghi,
whose side are now five points ahead of city rivals Roma, who were held
1-1 by Fiorentina on Saturday.
"Today's three points are very
important for us in terms of ranking. The lads remained united and
compact without suffering the psychological backlash (of defeat to
Italian international Immobile volleyed in the first after
26 minutes off a Danilo Cataldi corner, past SPAL goalkeeper Vanja
Milinkovic-Savic, brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej, who was also
playing at the Stadio Olimpico.
But the celebrations were short lived with Mirco Antenucci tapping in the equaliser two minutes later.
Milinkovic-Savic denied Immobile from close range and his brother
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fired over before Immobile's second.
Caicedo broke through the SPAL defence and set up Immobile, whose shot
took a deflection off Filippo Costa over the SPAL goalkeeper.
by SPAL's Brazilian defender Everton Luiz allowed Cataldi and Marco
Parolo to break through in the second half, but Immobile was denied a
hat-trick by the woodwork.
In Genoa, Torino moved one point off the Europa League places in seventh with a 4-1 win over Sampdoria.
Belotti scored two, nodding in the first after 12 minutes and the
second from the penalty spot before the break, with Iago Falque (56) and
Armando Izzo (78) adding another two in the second half.
Fabio Quagliarella pulled a goal back on 65 minutes for Sampdoria who are three points off the European berths.
meanwhile, inflicted a seventh consecutive defeat on tailenders Chievo
with Federico Di Francesco (42) scoring and Emanuele Giaccherini turning
into his own net in injury time.
Struggling Frosinone held
midtable Parma to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered game in
Emilia-Romagna as Atalanta came from behind to beat Bologna 2-1.