The final score was a 3-1 victory in favour of the Bianconeri; Lazio’s record is now 4W-2D-3L (14 points) in the top flight of Italian football.
The Head Referee for this clash was Gianluca Aureliano, the Assistant Referees were Carbone and Pagnotta, the Fourth Official was Prontera, and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was Banti with the assistance of Di Vuolo.
Lazio: Simone Inzaghi
Udinese: Luca Gotti
Starting Lineups & Substitutions
Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Patric (76′ Pereira), Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Parolo (46′ Akpa Akpro), Cataldi (46′ Lucas Leiva), Luis Alberto (63′ Caicedo), Fares (46′ Marusic); Correa, Immobile
Udinese (3-5-2): Musso; Becao, Nuytinck, Samir; Larsen, De Paul, Arslan (57′ Jajalo), Pereyra, Zeegelaar (57′ Molina); Pussetto, Forestieri (80′ Walace)
Lazio: Immobile (74′ Penalty Kick)
Udinese: Arslan (18′), Pussetto (45+3′), Forestieri (71′)
Lazio: Fares, Lucas Leiva, Akpa Akpro
Udinese: Arslan, Pereyra, Samir, Musso
Inzaghi 5.5 | Strakosha 5; Patric 5 (Pereira 5.5), Acerbi 6, Radu 5.5; Lazzari 5.5, Parolo 5 (Akpa Akpro 6), Cataldi 5 (Lucas Leiva 5.5), Luis Alberto 5 (Caicedo 5.5), Fares 4.5 (Marusic 5.5); Correa 5, Immobile 5.5
Lazio entered this match on the back of a dominant 3-1 performance against Zenit in the UEFA Champions League. On the contrary, Udinese was coming off of a long and disappointing 1-0 loss to Fiorentina in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia.
While the Biancocelesti were heavily favoured to win this match (as Udinese had not won a match against Lazio for 11 consecutive matches), the Bianconeri outclassed Simone Inzaghi’s men to secure a 3-1 victory.
The first goal came in the 18′ from Tolgay Arslan. A well-worked move down the left flank by Roberto Pereyra resulted in him finding the German midfielder; he smashed home a deflected low-driven shot past Thomas Strakosha and into the bottom right corner.
Udinese’s second goal came right at the end of the first half through Ignacio Pussetto. Off of a counter led by Rodrigo De Paul, the Biancocelesti found themselves in shambles when their backline trio consisted of Stefan Radu, Manuel Lazzari, and Danilo Cataldi instead of Radu, Francesco Acerbi, and Patric. De Paul found Pussetto who simply found himself one-on-one with Strakosha; he slotted it home to put the Bianconeri up 2-0.
The away side’s third and final goal came from Fernando Forestieri in the 71′, which essentially ended Lazio’s hopes of making a comeback. An attempted through ball from De Paul to Pereyra did not come off, but the ball fell ever so kindly to Forestieri who smashed home a close-range volley short-side.
Although straight after Udinese’s third goal, Ciro Immobile drew and converted a penalty kick to pull one back, it was too late for Lazio; the match ended 3-1 in favour of the Bianconeri.