Olivier Giroud has scored nine goals in Serie A for Milan since signing from Chelsea last summer

AC Milan returned to the top of Serie A with a dramatic injury-time victory over Lazio.

The Rossoneri were caught napping after four minutes as Ciro Immobile stole in for his 26th goal of the season.

Olivier Giroud leveled straight after half-time and Milan’s pressure paid off when sub Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up Sandro Tonali for the winner.

Stefano Pioli’s side are two points clear of Inter with four games left but they have played a game more.

After Inter’s comprehensive win over Roma last nightMilan knew only three points would take them back to the Serie A summit.

Conceding Immobile’s opener was the worst possible start but Pioli’s side were immediately on the front foot, only for Giroud, Barcelona-bound Franck Kessie and the impressive Rafael Leao to pass up presentable chances.

Undeterred, Giroud scored his first club goal for seven games when he turned home Leao’s cross immediately after the restart.

Pioli sent on 40-year-old Ibrahimovic and in a frantic last 10 minutes, Lazio keeper Thomas Strakosha made excellent saves from Leao and Ante Rebic.

Ibrahimovic then had a golden opportunity in the 89th minute but dallied and his wayward shot was blocked.

It looked like their title bid was stalling, but Lazio defender Adam Marusic gave the ball away, Ibrahimovic won a vital header and Tonali was on hand to bundle in a vital winner.

Line-ups

Latium

Formation 4-3-3

  • oneStrakoshaBooked at 8mins
  • 29LazzariSubstituted forHysajat 80′minutes
  • 4Gabarron GilSubstituted forMarchi Ramosat 80′minutes
  • 33Acerbi
  • 26RaduSubstituted forMarusicat 63′minutes
  • twenty-oneMilinkovic-Savic
  • 6LeivaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forCataldiat 60′minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 10Rosemary AlconchelSubstituted forBASICat 60′minutes
  • 7Philip Anderson
  • 17Immobile
  • twentyZaccagni

substitutes

  • 3Marchi Ramos
  • 8akpa akpro
  • elevenBorges Cabral
  • 16Kamenović
  • 18Rosemary
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Queen
  • 27Moor Prescoli
  • 31Adamonis
  • 32Cataldi
  • 77Marusic
  • 88BASIC

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Maignan
  • twoCalabria
  • twentykaluluBooked at 83mins
  • 23TomoriBooked at 26mins
  • 19Hernandez
  • 8TonaliBooked at 90mins
  • 79Kessie
  • 30messiahSubstituted forKrunicat 71′minutes
  • 10DiazSubstituted forIbrahimovićat 68′minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 17da Conceição LeãoSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 86′minutes
  • 9giroudSubstituted forRebicat 68′minutes

substitutes

  • oneTatarusanu
  • 5Ballo-Toure
  • 7Castillejo Azuaga
  • elevenIbrahimović
  • 12Rebic
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 22Lazetic
  • 33Krunic
  • 41Bakayoko
  • 46gabby
  • 56Saelemaekers
  • 83lookout

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Reference-www.bbc.co.uk

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