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Tonali sends Milan back to summit

ROME (AFP) – Sandro Tonali scored in stoppage time as AC Milan came from behind to win 2-1 at Lazio early yesterday and retake top spot from Inter Milan in Serie A.

Ciro Immobile gave Lazio an early lead at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but Olivier Giroud levelled shortly after half-time before Tonali’s late heroics kept Milan firmly in the title hunt.

They moved back two points above of Inter, who beat Roma 3-1 on Saturday and have a game in hand tomorrow away to Bologna. Inter also knocked Milan out of the Italian Cup semi-finals in midweek.

Ciro Immobile became the leading active scorer in Italy’s top flight when he turned in a cross from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic inside four minutes.

The Italy international’s 181st Serie A goal took him past veteran Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella as Immobile extended his league-leading haul for the season to 26.

But Giroud poked in from after excellent work from Rafael Leao, and Milan won it at the death as Zlatan Ibrahimovic nodded across for Tonali to force home following a poor header by Francesco Acerbi.

“My players are lions,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli. “I am so proud of my players and if I was in their shoes, I’d be angry, as people don’t give them enough credit.”

AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali celebrates. PHOTO: AFP