Lazio were left exasperated in Turin and suffered a difficult 3-0 loss to Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus.
The Biancocelesti were confident coming into the clash, having secured back to back wins over Roma and Monza, but the team’s limitations without key attacking figures Ciro Immobile and Mattia Zaccagni soon became apparent. The defeat will leave the players soul-searching over the six-week World Cup break.
Lazio mostly controlled the tempo in the first half against Juventus, seeing 61% of the ball and making more attempts in the final third. The muted attack failed to break down the Bianconeri defence often and left the players frustrated, an emotion that was amplified in the 43rd minute, when Moise Kean gave Allegri’s side a 1-0 lead after a cheeky lob over a charging Ivan Provedel.
Things went from bad to worse in the 54th minute, when Provedel parried a Filip Kostic shot straight into the path of Kean, who made no mistake from a few yards out to make it 2-0.
Lazio again tried to respond but their possession often proved fruitless, leaving a frustrated Maurizio Sarri on the sidelines.
Juventus confirmed their victory in the 90th minute with an Arkadiusz Milik tap-in, capping off an entirely miserable evening for Sarri and the Lazio squad.
Lazio will now have around six weeks to try and iron out the kinks ahead of their first game after the World Cup on 4th January against Lecce.