Lazio dominated Cagliari at the Unipol Domus yesterday as they secured a confident 3-0 victory over the home side.
Maurizio Sarri’s side had been going through a tough run, having not won a match in over three weeks, but yesterday’s win restored some smiles amongst the squad in Formello. Goals from Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto and Felipe Anderson secured the three points for the Biancocelesti.
- Cagliari (3-5-2): Cragno; Goldaniga (77′ Zappa), Lovato, Altare (56′ Carboni); Bellanova, Marin, Grassi, Deiola (56′ Pavoletti), Dalbert (77′ Ceppitelli); Pereiro (66′ Baselli); João Pedro.
- Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha; Marusic, Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Milinkovic, Leiva, Luis Alberto (88′ Basic); Felipe Anderson (84′ Romero), Immobile, Zaccagni (68′ Pedro).
It was a fast pace start at the Unipol Domus, with both teams looking lively as the match kicked off.
Lazio had the first few chances and in the 15th minute their hard work was rewarded when a Luis Alberto shot was blocked by a Cagliari defender’s arm. After a quick VAR check, the penalty was rightly awarded.
Immobile made no mistake from 12 yards out, slotting the ball home to make it 1-0 Lazio after 19 minutes.
The Biancocelesti managed the rest of the first half well, maintaining possession and having a couple more chances as they limited Cagliari’s chances.
In the 42nd minute the Roman club doubled their lead after Luis Alberto and Felipe Anderson linked up nicely in a swift attacking move, making it 2-0.
In the second half Cagliari pushed a little more as coach Walter Mazzarri demanded a positive reaction from his squad.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side in the 62nd minute when Felipe Anderson scored a tasty diagonal shot to make it 3-0 to the away team.
The Rossoblu refused to give up and continued pushing but Lazio’s strong defence nullified their attacks, leaving them empty handed.
In the 88th minute Adam Marusic was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match, a frustrating end to the evening for both player and coach Sarri.
Lazio held on and secured their 3-0 win over Cagliari, picking up an important clean sheet as they restored confidence following a difficult February.