The Rossoneri rushed to lose more places in the Serie A title race

Milan missed an opportunity to close the gap on Serie A leaders Napoli after being beaten 4-0 by rampaging Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.

Stefano Piola’s men were doomed to their first defeat in seven league matches with goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Mattia Zaccagni giving the hosts the upper hand until half-time.

Luis Alberto added a third from the penalty spot after the break before Felipe Anderson completed the tally as the Rossoneri failed to win a fifth consecutive game in all competitions.

The impressive result saw Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio jump from sixth to third, a point adrift of Milan, who are 12 points behind Napoli.

Lazio 4-0 Milan

Lazio 4-0 Milan

Lazio were ahead after just four minutes, and Luis Alberto cleverly manipulated Zaccagni’s pass into the path of Milinkovic-Savić to calmly hit the bottom corner.

Sandro Tonali pricked Ivan Provedel’s hands as Milan looked for answers but the champions conceded two goals before the break.

Adam Marusic saw a shot bounce off the post after Pedro caught the through ball, but Zaccagni was there to pick up his third goal in three league games.

Milan’s shaky defense continued to be their downfall in the second half, and Lazio continued to take the lead when Pierre Kalulu beat Pedro from the penalty spot, which Luis Alberto sent in through the middle past Ciprian Tatarusanu.

As Milan stared into a barrel of heavy defeat, Anderson hit home a neat pass from Luis Alberto to further embarrass Piola’s side.

What does it mean? Milan’s title charge receives another blow

Last season’s Serie A win was Milan’s first in 11 years, but it seems increasingly likely that their quest for another will be another wait as Napoli’s attempt to end their own drought gains momentum.

Milan were clearly second in the match, scoring 0.75 x G (expected goals) against Lazio’s 3.04 with just three shots on target, while Provedel enjoyed a relatively easy game between the posts.

Zaccagni again in the lead role

With Lazio’s talisman Ciro Immobile still out with a strained thigh, Zaccagni stepped up again, scoring another goal to help his side take all three points.

A constant threat from the left, no Lazio player has had more match-ups (11) and chances created (two) than Zaccagni, who also added an assist to his goal.

Tomori limps to add insult to injury

Tomori was forced to withdraw in the 24th minute as Milan were already trailing 1-0 and his team struggled to defend until the end of the match.

Milan won eight of their 16 tackles, compared to Lazio’s 17 of 26, and the hosts could and perhaps should have scored more than the four goals they netted.

What’s next?

Both teams return to Serie A action on Sunday as hosts Milan Sassuolo and Lazio greet Fiorentina in 11th place.

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