Simone Inzaghi’s Biancocelesti opened their season as Sampdoria vs Lazio took place in Genoa this evening. After concerns throughout the summer regarding squad depth, injuries and retaining key players, Lazio put it all behind them to dominate the field and bring away a valuable three points, a convincing performance and a clean sheet; all three of which put the club in a strong place going into the rest of the season.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – Match Recap
Lazio started the game strong, dominating the first half an hour. The Biancocelesti had a handful of chances to take the lead, most of which fell to Ciro Immobile, but the side failed to convert them. There were concerns amongst fans, including myself, that it was going to be a classic Lazio performance from the 2018/19 season, where the team have chance after chance to take the lead but failing to convert them leads to a defeat; more often than not a late goal to break our hearts. However, we were put at ease when Ciro Immobile dinked a ball over Emil Audero to give Lazio the lead.
It didn’t take long into the second half before the Biancocelesti doubled their lead, Luis Alberto robbing the opposition of possession and gifting Joaquin Correa with a brilliant chance just over ten minutes into the second half. Six minutes later, Ciro Immobile added a third with a beautiful finish to gift Lazio an important three points.
However, this does not tell the whole story of the match. The game was end to end and there could have been plenty more goals from both sides. Emil Audero pulled off some fantastic saves throughout the match whilst Thomas Strakosha and the Lazio back line put in a solid defensive performance to keep a clean sheet.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – Player Ratings
Strakosha (7), Radu (6.5), Acerbi (7), Luiz Felipe (7); Lulic (6.5), Luis Alberto (7), Parolo (7), Milinkovic-Savic (7.5), Manuel Lazzari (8.5), Correa (7.5), Immobile (8.5) – Marusic (6.5), Vavro (n/a), Cataldi (n/a)
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