Lazio edged out a 1-0 win over Monza thanks to a debut goal from talented youngster Luka Romero.
The Biancocelesti were looking to maintain focus against the Lombard side following their Derby della Capitale win last week, and they didn’t disappoint at the Stadio Olimpico. Maurizio Sarri wanted a controlled and calm game from his squad and they looked defensively solid as they guided home the win.
Lazio seemingly fell behind after just 13 minutes following a quick move from Monza which ended with a delightful back-heel goal from Andrea Petagna, but a VAR check chalked off the advantage for offside, allowing the home side to breath a sigh of relief.
The Biancocelesti failed to take the edge in the first half and lost full back Manuel Lazzari to injury in the 27th minute, leaving them frustrated going into the half time break.
Sarri took a risk in the second half, switching out Matteo Cancellieri for the 17-year-old Luka Romero. This change proved fruitful in the 69th minute when Pedro’s shot was clumsily parried away by Michele Di Gregorio, allowing the Argentinian teenager to smash the ball home to make it 1-0.
Lazio held on for the rest of the second half and had something else to smile about in the dying minutes of the match as star striker Ciro Immobile came off the bench to make his first appearance in almost a month.
The win leaves the Roman club second in the Serie A table after 14 games, eight points behind league leaders Napoli.