Two penalties converted by Immobile, then Pedro: to finish in first place Sarri’s team will now need to beat Galatasaray at the Olimpico
The return of Ciro Immobile brings Lazio back to victory, which is worth the qualification with one round to spare. In the second half, the bomber’s brace with two penalties and a goal from Pedro packed up the three points in the cold of Moscow against Lokomotiv. An important success for Sarri’s team who will now be able to play for the first place that is worth the direct jump to the knockout stages of the Europa League in the direct clash of the Olimpico on December 9 against Galatasaray (a narrow victory will suffice). A growing test of Lazio which in the second half asserts its superiority not only in terms of results.
Sarri relaunches Immobile from the first minute after calf problems that made him miss his recent engagements with the national team and the match against Juventus. Strakosha returns between the poles. In defense, Patric enters on the right. In the middle of the field, Leiva and Basic meet again, while Luis Alberto is sorted on the right. Felipe Anderson and Zaccagni complete the trident. At 4 ‘, the first attempt at goal: Jedvaj’s header was off target. Lazio faces the shot at 12 ‘: Khudiakov engaged by Acerbi’s header. The pressing of the Russians initially suffocates the phase of setting up the Biancocelesti. At 23 ‘Maradishvili does not frame the goal. A minute later Lazio very close to scoring: Luis Alberto’s corner from the left, Basic hits his head, practically on the line, with the goalkeeper beaten, Rybus saves. At 29 ‘, Nenakhov (already booked) comes out to make way for Silyanov: Zaccagni’s duelist changes. Sarri’s team, counting on the quality of their dribble, fails to give the necessary depth to the maneuver. The Lokomotiv stems the spaces also thanks to the filter of the median. At 44 ‘Felipe fails to scratch: his shot from a good position is easily controlled by Khudiakov. Before the interval Lazio protests for a ball slipped on Jedvaj’s arm in the area.
In the second half, Lazio shows up with Pedro in place of Felipe Anderson. The Spaniard immediately stands out with some of his flashes. And Pedro starts the action that leads to a hard intervention by Silyanov on Zaccagni in the area. We pass from the Var and Dias concedes the penalty. And at 11 ‘from the spot Immobile brings Lazio the lead. Sarri shuffles the midfield: Milinkovic and Cataldi take over Luis Alberto and Leiva. Among the Russians, Smolov alternates Rybchinskii. At 18 ‘, Immobile gives an encore. Again on a penalty that the same attacker got by suffering a foul by Barinov. At 21 ‘, the Lazio striker is replaced by Muriqi. Sarri’s team loads the restarts. Pedro (out) and Acerbi (throws Khudiakov) close to scoring. Muriqi also tries: header saved. At 32 ‘Gidsol brings in Borisenko for Maradishvili and Zinovich for Kamano. Lazio controls the game with confidence. Lokomotiv tries to reopen the result. Space for Lazzari to let Zaccagni catch his breath. At 42 ‘comes the trio with a nice goal from Pedro: on the development of a corner from Cataldi, the Spaniard pretends to right and then explodes his left from outside the area. At 45 ‘Milinkovic shakes the crossbar. Lazio collects the three points that lengthen the journey in the Europa League.
November 25, 2021 (change November 25, 2021 | 23:17)
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