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Sandro Tonali puts Inter Milan back at the top

Pioli’s side now two points clear of second-placed Inter
Sandro Tonali celebrates after Inter Milan's win against Lazio
Sandro Tonali celebrates after Inter Milan's win against Lazio
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Reuters   |   Rome   |   Published 26.04.22, 04:27 AM

A dramatic, last-gasp winner from midfielder Sandro Tonali earned AC Milan a crucial 2-1 comeback victory at Lazio on Sunday, as Stefano Pioli’s side climbed back to the top of the Serie A standings.

Champions Inter Milan had gone atop with a convincing 3-1 win over AS Roma on Saturday — their third league victory in a row — putting pressure on Milan to respond in a tricky-looking trip to the capital to take on the unpredictable Lazio.

They soon found themselves behind, when Italy striker Ciro Immobile poked home in the fourth minute to give the home side the lead.

French striker Olivier Giroud fired Milan level in the 50th minute.

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench in search of a winner, with the Swede turning provider for Tonali right at the death to spark wild scenes of celebration among Milan players and staff.

Come the end of the season, this may prove to be a crucial success should Milan win their first Scudetto since 2011, with Pioli’s side now back top, two points clear of second-placed Inter, who have a game in hand. Lazio stay seventh on 56 points.

A jubilant Pioli heaped praise on his side, saying: “It is right to be satisfied and happy for our players who are lions.

“They get too little credit but they are proving to be very strong,” he told DAZN. “There is no team that is so young and fighting for the Scudetto. I ask the guys for a last effort, now we have to throw ourselves into the championship. Let’s play the next one to the maximum, it is useless to think too far ahead.”



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