An agonising injury time equaliser saw Sampdoria steal a point from Lazio after a strong display by Maurizio Sarri’s side.
The Biancocelesti looked impressive at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris last night, showing signs of Sarrismo as they glided across the pitch in Liguria. It looked to be another good outing by the Roman club following their 3-1 win over Inter, but failure to put the game to bed ultimately came back to haunt them.
Lazio started the match on the front foot and it didn’t take long for star striker Ciro Immobile to break the deadlock, giving his side a 1-0 lead after 21 minutes.
The move was started by Alessio Romagnoli, who played an accurate long ball to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian pulled out a lovely flick to lay the ball off to a charging Immobile, who knew exactly what to do as he slotted the ball home just inside the penalty area.
The 32-year-old almost followed this up with another, but his right-footed attempt ricocheted off the post.
Sarri’s side kept up the momentum in the first half and were unlucky to not double their advantage, having four shots on target to Sampdoria’s one. The away side had controlled 57% of the ball and were in clear control of the clash.
Lazio remained in the driving seat in the second half, but failed to close things out, allowing the home side to claw their way back into the game.
Things were much tighter in the second 45 minutes, with both teams having seven shots each across the half, and Sampdoria refused to give up hope.
Their persistence paid off in the second minute of injury time. A Tomas Rincon through ball cut through Lazio’s lines like a hot knife through butter, allowing a pouncing Manolo Gabbiadini to break into the penalty area. He made no mistake from around 15 yards out, beating Ivan Provedel to secure a point for his team.
The result was a missed opportunity for Sarri’s Lazio, who’ll now have to regroup ahead of their next match against Napoli on Saturday 3rd September.