Lazio failed to show their true potential in a tired display against Salernitana, suffering a frustrating 3-1 loss.
The Biancocelesti came into the match confident of a positive result after wins over Atalanta and FC Midtjylland in their last two outings, but their false sense of security came back to bite them on the pitch as the Granata fought hard for all three points.
Lazio controlled the ball throughout the match, having 61% possession and completing 588 passes to Salernitana’s 39% and 344, but this did not lead to anything in front of goal. The Roman club had an xG of 1.91 to Campania outfit’s 1.49, taking 13 shots to 10.
The home side took the lead just before the halftime break thanks to Mattia Zaccagni, who latched onto a beautiful pass from Luis Alberto to put Lazio ahead. Unfortunately for Maurizio Sarri and his squad, they couldn’t build on this advantage and allowed Salernitana to pull off the comeback.
This comeback started in the 51st minute, when former Biancocelesti winger Antonio Candreva netted a classy chip over Ivan Provedel. Davide Nicola’s side doubled their lead in the 68th minute after former Roma man Federico Fazio poked home a goal after a poor defensive display.
Things went from bad to worse for Lazio in the 72nd minute, when midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was shown a fairly soft yellow card, suspending him for the upcoming Derby della Capitale against Roma.
Salernitana closed out their win in the 76th minute, when Boulaye Dia managed to guide the ball home after a searching ball from Domagoj Bradarić, making it 3-1.
It was a frustrating defeat to Lazio and Sarri, who’ll have to regroup ahead of their next match against Feyenoord on 3rd November.