AC Milan cruised to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Lazio on Saturday in a direct battle for third place in Serie A and a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Lazio was seeking a first win at San Siro since 1989 but its chances grew slimmer when Antonio Candreva was controversially shown a straight red card after just 15 minutes.
Candreva brought down Stephan El Shaarawy on the edge of the box and was adjudged to have prevented a clear scoring opportunity.
Milan broke the deadlock five minutes before halftime as Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti spilled a shot and Giampaolo Pazzini tapped into an empty net from close range.
Marchetti did well to parry Pazzini’s header from a corner, but Kevin-Prince Boateng was on hand to follow up and double Milan’s lead on the stroke of halftime.
Pazzini sealed the result on the hour with a powerful, long-range strike into the bottom right corner.