Lazio was heading into the Serie A fixture against Atalanta BC with a chip on their shoulder. The Biancocelesti were eliminated in the Coppa Italia tournament midweek by La Dea; as a result, the squad wanted to get their revenge.

The excellent start came early for Lazio, as wing-back Adam Marušić gave Simone Inzaghi’s side the lead three minutes into the match after scoring a superb strike from outside the box. 

According to OptaPaolo, Marušić’s strike (2 minutes and 6 seconds) to start the fixture against Atalanta was the fastest goal scored by a Lazio player since his goal against Genoa CFC, which he scored nearly a year ago (in February 2020).

The 28-year-old chose a perfect time to score as his early strike helped set the tone for Lazio. They wanted to come away with the victory; the three points over Atalanta allowed the Biancocelesti to leap ahead of them in the Serie A standings.