It was a dominant first-half performance from Lazio as they propelled to a 3-1 victory over Sampdoria. Their win ended a three-game winless skid in the Serie A. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored the game opener and Ciro Immobile had a brace for Lazio. Manolo Gabbiadini had the lone goal for Sampdoria.
With the win, Lazio moved up in the standings and are now level with city rivals Roma. They are nine points behind Atalanta for fourth place in the Serie A standings.
So, who were the winners and losers from Lazio’s 3-1 win versus Sampdoria?
Winner: Ciro Immobile
It continues to be a stellar season for Immobile as the Italian has been Lazio’s best player to date. He has constantly delivered between the Serie A and the Europa League as he has 16 goals from 19 games across all competitions.
Immobile scored a brace in the first half with his initial goal being the game-winner. He showed good pace, was impressive with his hold up play and made efficient runs inside the box. He was a constant threat in Lazio’s attack as Sampdoria’s defense struggled to defend against him.
Immobile has seven goals in the past eight Serie A matches and is one of the most in-form players at the moment; check out these soccer lines concerning the Italian striker!
Winner: Mattia Zaccagni
It has been a difficult first season for Mattia Zaccagni with Lazio as he has dealt with two injuries. The Italian has missed significant time and it has been slow progress for him to settle in with his new club after arriving this past summer from Hellas Verona.
Since returning from a second injury, he has appeared in six straight matches and started three. Zaccagni started versus Sampdoria and put in his best performance this season. He was a constant threat down the left wing as he was effective with his pace and made several effective runs into the box. He set up Lazio’s opening game with a brilliant pass towards Milinkovic-Savic.
It has taken some time for Zaccagni but he is now performing at a high level. He finished the match with three key passes, one aerial duel won, five successful dribbles and five fouls won.
Loser: Vedat Muriqi
Lazio have been extremely reliant on Immobile this season as they do not have an effective backup striker. Vedat Muriqi has rarely appeared in matches this season as he has failed to convince Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri.
The forward made a rare appearance as he started the second half in place of Immobile. After a productive first-half, it was the complete opposite in the second half as Lazio’s attack was stale and did not generate any scoring chances. It was a disappointing performance from Muriqi as he struggled in his hold-up play, constantly lost possession and was poor with his control. Lazio encountered difficulties advancing past midfield without Immobile as they were missing his physicality, dribbling technique, and ability to create and attack space.
Muriqi’s lackluster performances will not make it easy for him as Sarri has lost confidence and trust in the striker. He was dispossessed once and lost control on six separate occasions.
Loser: Roberto D’Aversa
Sampdoria manager, Roberto D’Aversa, has been on thin ice in recent weeks as the Blucerchiati have had poor performances. They have lost five of their past seven Serie A matches and continue to slide down in the standings.
Sampdoria’s loss versus Lazio was a clear indication of a team that has little confidence and that looks completely out of sync at the current moment. The Biancocelesti had little difficulty in the first half advancing upfield, managed to move the ball with ease and were rarely challenged in their own backend.
Reports have circulated that Red Star Belgrade manager Dejan Stankovic could replace D’Aversa; this match could have been the final one for the Italian manager at Sampdoria.