Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at
Lazio and AC Milan both won the penultimate game of the Serie A season. The Romans were too strong for Brescia at home, partly due to a hit by Ciro Immobile. The striker increased his season total to 35 goals and is one hit away from a league record. Milan recorded a 1-4 victory over Sampdoria and is therefore assured of at least sixth place and the second heat of the Europa League. Number five AS Roma, virtually placed for the group stage, has one point more and a duel credit. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the big star for Milan with two goals and an assist.
Lazio 2-0 Brescia
Lazio was already assured of a place in the top four and Champions League participation, but can still pass number three Atalanta and even number two Internazionale. It had to win against the already relegated Brescia to keep that view, with Thursday’s match between Atalanta and Inter ahead. In addition, the eyes were on Immobile, who is fast becoming the top scorer of the Serie A. However, at the first goal of Lazio, Immobile was the declarer: he combined in the penalty area with Joaquín Correa and saw the latter close up after the mutual one-two.
Immobile struck seven minutes before the end of the game; compared to the first hit, the roles had been reversed. The striker turned up for keeper Lorenzo Andrenacci, after he was cleverly launched by Correa. He made no mistake and is just one hit away from the record number of goals scored in one Serie A season, credited to Gonzalo Higuaín (36 goals for Napoli in the 2015/16 season). Shortly after, Bobby Adekanye made his entrance and the Dutchman put Andrenacci to the test, after which Luis Alberto hit the bar in the rebound. In injury time, Immobile hit the post, so he did not equal Higuaín.
Sampdoria – AC Milan 1-4
Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed 3 minutes and 22 seconds to open the score at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. It was his fastest goal ever in Serie A for AC Milan. The striker was barely hindered in the penalty area and was able to head in from close range, after clever preparation by Ante Rebic on the left flank: the Croat let Bartosz Bereszynski be his heels and gave Ibrahimovic a measured cross. His hit made Ibrahimovic the first player ever to score at least fifty times in Serie A for both AC Milan and Internazionale.
After half an hour, a second goal by Ibrahimovic was narrowly prevented by Maya Yoshida, while a curving free kick by Hakan Çalhanoglu ended up in the side net. In the second half, Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped a hard free kick by Fabio Quagliarella, after which a big chance in the rebound turned out to be unavailable to Omar Colley. Milan then pulled the game to himself. A hit by Hakan Çalhanoglu after preparatory work was initially rejected due to an alleged offense against Ronaldo Vieira, but this was not the case after watching the video images. Ibrahimovic made it 0-3 when he was served by Çalhanoglu himself.
And who do we have there again ???? ???????? Ibracadabra with his 9th shot of the season ???? # ZiggoSport #SampdoriaMilan #SerieA pic.twitter.com/LDsklvlKcW
– Ziggo Sport Football (@ZS_Voetbal) July 29, 2020
Milan’s victory was never really jeopardized, but Sampdoria was given the opportunity to bring the tension back into the game twelve minutes before the end. A foul by Simon Kjaer on Andrea Bertolacci was punished with a penalty and Gonzalo Maroni took care of it. Donnarumma took the penalty, however, and Sampdoria’s 1-3 in minute 87 came too late to make a comeback; substitute Kristoffer Askildsen was the scorer with a beautiful long shot. In injury time, Rafael Leão determined the final score with a placed shot in the right corner.