Ciro Immobile nets hat-trick as Lazio thrash AC Milan

Tuesday 12th September , 2017 6:00 am

Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio humbled new-look AC Milan 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

A team featuring expensive summer signings like Leonardo Bonucci, Lucas Biglia and Ricardo Rodriguez just about held their own until Italy striker Immobile scored a 38th-minute penalty following Franck Kessie’s foul on Luis Alberto.

Immobile’s second, which arrived from a Senad Lulic cross only four minutes later, rocked Milan and they were hapless after the break. Marco Parolo found Immobile for his treble three minutes after the restart and the Rossoneri defence went missing when the latter slipped in Luis Alberto for an easy fourth.

A tactical overhaul from Milan boss Vincenzo Montella did allow Riccardo Montolivo to pull a goal back from distance before the hour, but not even the late dismissal of Parolo could help them save face.

Inter Milan protected their 100 per cent start as Mauro Icardi’s penalty and a superb Ivan Perisic volley steered them to a 2-0 home win over SPAL.

Icardi, now with five goals across Inter’s three Serie A games so far, converted the spot-kick in the 27th minute after referee Claudio Gavillucci had taken several minutes to decide whether it should be awarded.

Mauro Icardi scored for Inter Milan
Mauro Icardi scored for Inter Milan

Later, Perisic – days after signing a new five-year contract – met a Danilo D’Ambrosio cross first time with a thumping shot to wrap up the points.

In the late game, Napoli made it three wins from three as Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski notched in a 3-0 win at Bologna.

Giovanni Simeone opened the scoring inside two minutes as Stefano Pioli’s Fiorentina waltzed to a 5-0 victory at promoted Hellas Verona.

The son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was well placed at the far post after Marco Benassi’s attempt was saved and eight minutes later Cyril Thereau converted a penalty after Federico Chiesa was fouled by Verona goalkeeper Nicolas.

Benassi provided the assist for Davide Astori’s 23rd-minute goal and Fiorentina put the game to bed after the hour mark as former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout steered a free-kick past the hapless Nicolas. With a minute remaining, substitute Gil Bastiao Dias added gloss to the scoreline.

Cagliari recovered from back-to-back defeats to Juventus and Milan by securing a 1-0 home win against Crotone. Marco Sau scored the only goal from a Joao Pedro pass in the 34th minute.

Atalanta warmed up for their Europa League debut – against Everton on Thursday – with a 2-1 comeback triumph over Sassuolo.

Stefano Sensi put the Neroverdi ahead shortly before the half-hour mark but their lead disappeared when Andreas Cornelius equalised with a daisy-cutter 10 minutes before the break. Midway through an end-to-end second half, Andrea Petagna shinned home Alejandro Gomez’s cross to win it.

Elsewhere, Jakub Jankto’s 15th-minute strike for Udinese proved enough to down Genoa, who had Andrea Bertolacci sent off following a VAR review in their 1-0 defeat. The hosts at the Dacia Arena also lost a man to a red card as left-back Giuseppe Pezzella launched a tackle from behind on Stephane Omeonga.

Iago Falque robbed Benevento of a first-ever top-flight point with a last-gasp goal that clinched Torino their 1-0 victory at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.

The Serie B play-off winners, who lost their opening matches to Sampdoria and Bologna, looked good for the draw as their defence shut out the likes of Andrea Belotti and M’Baye Niang with confidence.

Newcastle loanee Achraf Lazaar might have won it for Benevento with time running out – Salvatore Sirigu palming away his fierce effort – but instead it was Torino who triumphed as Falque converted Adem Ljajic’s assist four minutes into stoppage time.

Source: Sky Sports