A tired Lazio had their confidence shaken in a humbling 3-0 loss to Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara earlier today.
Maurizio Sarri’s side conceded two early goals to the Rossoblu and struggled to hit the required intensity after that, looking slow and heavy, although some chances did come. A third goal in the second half closed out a miserable afternoon for the Biancocelesti.
Below are the two starting XI’s in Bologna vs Lazio:
- Bologna (3-4-2-1): Lukasz Skorupski; Arthur Theate, Gary Medel, Adama Soumaoro; Aaron Hickey, Mattias Svanberg, Nicolas Dominguez, Lorenzo De Silvestri; Musa Barrow, Roberto Soriano; Marko Arnautovic.
- Lazio (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Adam Marusic, Luiz Felipe, Francesco Acerbi, Elseid Hysaj; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Vedat Muriqi, Pedro.
This momentum was capitalised upon in the 13th minute, with Barrow’s fine shot curling into the far corner past a stunned Reina to make it 1-0.
In the 16th minute, the Rossoblu doubled their lead, with Theate heading home Barrow’s corner after beating his mark Hysaj, making it 2-0.
Lazio tried to fight back and had two solid chances before half-time, the first a Muriqi header after a cross from Felipe Anderson, and the second another Muriqi header, with Pedro providing this time.
The Roman club came out in the second half with a point to prove and a Pedro chance in the 55th minute was the closest the side came to scoring in a while.
In the 68th minute, Bologna confirmed their victory, with Hickey’s shot beating Reina to put the Rossoblu 3-0 up.
Acerbi was sent off in the 76th minute, receiving a booking before then proceeding to protest further, causing referee Davide Massa to produce the red card.
Little else of note took place, with Lazio’s feeble attempts to claw a way back into the game finding little fruit.
The Biancocelesti’s confidence will now be shaken a little, with the side ending a two-game win streak, and will look to recover stamina over the international break ahead of their fixture against Inter.