Rome, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Marco Parolo netted a pair of second-half goals on Saturday, leading Lazio to a comfortable 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico.

The hosts came into the match hoping to get out on the front foot quickly in front of the home crowd, but it was Milan that jumped out to the quick lead as former PSG man Jeremy Menez found the back of the net after just four minutes.

But Lazio seized firm control of proceedings in the second half as Parolo pulled his side level in the 47th minute and German World Cup legend Miroslav Klose doubled the lead in the 51st minute with an outstanding volleyed effort.

Paolo then completed his double with nine minutes to play as he fired home from inside the box thanks to a cheeky square pass from Filip Djordjevic.

Things became heated as the clock struck 90 minutes as Milan's Phillippe Mexes was shown a straight red card as a result of a reaction following a foul by Lazio's Stefano Mauri.

The fourth official's board showed seven minutes of added time, but with the visitors playing down a man and two goals, they were unable to create any threatening offensive sequences to suffer their sixth defeat of the season.

In Serie's other fixture, Luca Rossettini and Duje Cop found the back of the net to lift Cagliari to a 2-1 win over Sassuolo.