The Colombian international’s first-half strike helped Rossoneri to their third Serie A win of the campaign, denying the visitors the opportunity to go top of the table Carlos Bacca netted against Lazio for the third game running to help Vincenzo Montella’s AC Milan to a 2-0 victory in Serie A on Tuesday.
The former Sevilla forward scored home and away against the Rome club last season and added another with a clinical first-half finish, before M’Baye Niang’s penalty clinched the three points at San Siro.
Milan ended 2015-16 with a miserable run on home soil, failing to win in their final five league matches, but Montella has turned that around in the early stages of his tenure.
This is already the second time that Bacca has fired Milan towards victory in front of their own supporters this term, having smashed a hat-trick against Torino on the opening day, as well as grabbing the only goal from the bench at Sampdoria last Friday.
Bacca had largely been kept quiet by Lazio until he pounced on a Marco Parolo error, then inspired some intense Milan pressure as they sought a second.
It was 2-0 when Niang won and dispatched a spot-kick 16 minutes from time to leave Lazio without a league win against Milan on this ground since 1989.
With the hosts making a laboured start, the visitors managed the game’s first shot as Filip Djordjevic sidefooted into the arms of Gianluigi Donnarumma from Ciro Immobile’s lay-off.
Niang looked to respond, tumbling with no reward after racing away from Bastos in the Lazio defence, but Donnarumma was soon in action again to parry Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s header away from his near post at the end of Senad Lulic’s long throw.