LUCAS SUBBED DURING DEFEAT TO MILAN
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva was subbed off as Lazio were beaten at home by title chasers AC Milan in the Italian Serie A. The two teams met last weekend with Milan coming from a goal down to beat hosts Lazio 2-1 to boost their push for the Italian Serie A this season. Milan have been in a three-way title race alongside Napoli and city rivals Inter Milan who are the defending champions as far as this season's Italian Serie A campaign is concerned.
Lucas Leiva has been a regular in the Lazio team this season making 41 appearances in all competitions till date. He has featured eight times for Lazio in the Europa League this season plus two times in the CoppaItalia, while he has 31 appearances in the Italian Serie A.
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri gave Lucas Leiva an hour before he was replaced by Italian star Daniel Cataldi at the heart of midfield. He had collected a yellow card seven minutes earlier and that played a part in the substitution. Milan scored their equaliser through French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud ten minutes before Lucas left the pitch with the Brazilian leaving when the scoreline was one goal apiece for the two teams. Hosts Lazio made a dream start through Italian striker Ciro Immobile in the fourth minute as he was able to extend his lead at the top of the Golden Boot race to three goals. His strike inside four minutes took his Serie A tally to 26 goals, while nearest challenger DusanVlahovicwho moved from Fiorentina to Juventus during the winter transfer window is on 23 goals.
The goal from Immobile ensured that Lazio went into the half-time break with a one-goal lead before Milan turned things around in the second half through the goals from Frenchman Giroud and the stoppage time goal from Italian midfielder SandroTonalito take the win and also leapfrog Inter Milan at the Serie A summit.