Immobile hat-trick helps Lazio down AC Milan 4-1

Rome, Italy forward Ciro Immobile netted a hat-trick and set up the other as Lazio stunned AC Milan 4-1 Sunday in a Serie A game delayed by heavy rain which hampered access to the Stadio Olimpico.

After a good start from the Devils, Immobile converted a 38th-minute penalty and volleyed home a cross from Senad Lulic four minutes later.

Milan went feebly into the second half and Lazio struck again on 48 when Marco Parolo set up Immobile for his third; the striker then fed Luis Alberto to finish off a counter-attack in the 50th for 4-0.

Riccardo Montolivo pulled one back in the 56th after controlling a drive from team-mate Hakan Calhanoglu while Parolo was dismissed with a second booking in stoppage time.

Milan’s crosstown rivals Inter did better, with captain Mauro Icardi opening the scoring from the spot in a 2-0 defeat of newcomers Spal.

Icardi converted the penalty awarded on 27 minutes after a lengthy video review and now tops the scorers’ chart alongside fellow-Argentine Paulo Dybala from champions Juve with five goals each.

A textbook volley from Ivan Perisic sealed the hosts’ win with three minutes left.

Gritty Spal threatened with Alberto Paloschi in the first half, and saw new Slovak Inter defender Milan Skriniar hit the bar from the distance.

“I am happy with the result and we want to thank the fans who turned up in abundance, the ex-Sampdoria Skriniar said. It wasn’t an easy match, they were strong and compact. I think we put in a good performance and we’ve achieved yet another important win.

The Nerazzurri are third on goal difference behind champions Juventus, who beat Chievo 3-0 Saturday to lead with a maximum nine-point tally, and Napoli.

Source: Ghana News Agency