It was an entertaining and thrilling affair between Lazio and Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico as both sides played to a 4-4 draw.
The Bianconeri had a commanding 3-1 lead at half-time as Beto had scored a brace and Nahuel Molina scored right before half-time. Ciro Immobile had Lazio’s lone goal in the first half.
Udinese looked as if they were going to leave Rome with a convincing win. However, Lazio responded in the second half with three straight goals as Pedro, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Francesco Acerbi scored. They led the match with just over ten minutes remaining and were set to win this match.
Nevertheless, on the final kick of the game, Udinese salvaged a draw as Tolgay Arslan scored off a free kick outside Lazio’s box. It was a frantic ending to the match with both sides earning a point.
So, what did we learn from this match?
Patric Was Horrendous for Lazio
In Lazio’s previous Serie A match versus Napoli, Luiz Felipe picked up a yellow card and, as a result, was suspended for this match. This meant that Patric would start at right centre-back for the Brazilian. For a second straight match, Patric put forth a terrible performance in the backend as he was accountable for Lazio’s first two goals conceded.
On the first goal, Patric left Beto unmarked inside the box and the striker converted as his header went by Lazio goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, to give Udinese the lead. On their second goal, Reina mistimed his challenge on Beto and allowed the striker to easily get by him. He had the pace and ample space to split their defense and scored Udinese second goal.
Late in the second half, Patric was sent off after he picked up a second yellow card. Far too often the Spaniard was a step behind, chasing players, caught out of position or failed to pick up his man. Stefan Radu started on the bench and was inserted into the match after Patric was sent off, yet should have been the preferred choice. In 41 minutes played, he performed well for Lazio as he was physical and did not give the opposition much space to work with.
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Thomas Strakosha Needs to Be Considered as Lazio’s Starting Goalkeeper Once Again
Last season, Lazio goalkeeper, Thomas Strakosha, lost the starting position yet the reason why remains unclear. This season Reina has been dreadful in goal as he has the worst save percentage in the league. In the last two games, he has conceded eight goals and has failed to make routine saves.
Udinese had five shots on target, with four getting by Reina. Their first goal was the result of poor defending from Lazio yet Reina was slow to come off his line and make the save. The Spaniard has looked lost at times, caught out of position or has been relatively slow to make an ordinary save.
Strakosha has looked good in the Europa League this season where he has provided some quality performances. With Reina playing poorly at the moment, it is time for Strakosha to start more frequently and have his chance to regain the starting role in the net.
Lazio Showed a Great Effort in Making a Comeback
It has been a common theme for Lazio to be trailing in matches this season. However, in the second half, the Biancocelesti were resilient and made a great effort to come back in this match.
Within the first 15 minutes of the second half, they scored two successive goals to tie the match at 3-3. After a very disappointing first half where they struggled in all aspects of the pitch, they showed a great response in the second half.
In this match, Lazio had more intensity, the willingness to take more chances and were clinical. Unfortunately, Arslan spoiled the comeback, yet it was a great effort from the Biancocelesti and hopefully, they are able to build off their impressive second-half moving forward.