Lazio left the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona licking their wounds following a 4-0 loss to Napoli last night.
Coach Maurizio Sarri’s side never really got off the ground running in the match against Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli, with the Partenopei firmly in the driving seat after only 10 minutes, picking up two early goals.
- Lazio (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Patric, Luiz Felipe, Francesco Acerbi, Elseid Hysaj; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Ciro Immobile, Pedro.
- Napoli (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Stanislav Lobotka, Fabian Ruiz; Hirving Lozano, Piotr Zielinski, Lorenzo Insigne; Dries Mertens.
The match started with intensity and this translated into an early advantage for Napoli, who took the lead through Zielinski following a scramble in the penalty area after only six minutes. The Partenopei’s lead was doubled in the 10th minute after Mertens finished a strong attacking move by the Campania-based side.
Lazio were clearly downtrodden and their first shot came in the 21st minute thanks to star striker Immobile. A strong save from Ospina denied Luis Alberto in the 24th minute and Acerbi’s header hit the crossbar in the resulting corner, a tense moment for Spalletti’s side.
That tension dissipated moments later when Mertens scored his second of the match to give Napoli a 3-0 lead after only 28 minutes. The Partenopei had one more major chance before the end of the half but a scrambling defence managed to block Lozano.
Napoli were comfortably in control in the second half, controlling possession well and giving Lazio little to work with. The Campania-based side had a few more chances scattered across the half and their win seemed in little doubt.
Napoli finished off the evening with a fourth goal, this time Fabian Ruiz finding the back of the net after his long-range effort beat Reina in the 85th minute.
Lazio left the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona 4-0 losers, a painful return to the Campania capital for coach Sarri. It is also important to note that in the 75th minute, veteran winger Pedro was forced off the pitch, causing some concern in the Biancocelesti environment.