SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 20 Aug 2017 (19.45 UK)
Lazio 0 - 0 Spal
Stadio Olimpico

Newly-promoted Spal had the best chances and clipped the woodwork, holding Lazio to a surprise goalless draw.

The Aquile were already buzzing after beating Juventus in a 3-2 thriller last Sunday to lift the Italian Super Cup for the first time since 2009. Simone Inzaghi was without Felipe Anderson, Federico Marchetti, Filip Djordjevic and contract rebel Keita Balde Diao. Lucas Leiva was only fit for the bench, but Palombi partnered Ciro Immobile in attack. This was Spal’s first Serie A appearance in almost 50 years and they started ex-Lazio veteran Sergio Floccari up front with Alberto Paloschi. New buys Marco Borriello and Bartosz Salamon only arrived yesterday, but were already on the bench.

It was Spal who almost took the lead in the opening minutes, a corner pulled back to Federico Viviani on the edge of the box and his low drive clipped the upright.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic forced one save and saw his header skim the woodwork, while Gomis was decisive on Ciro Immobile. Stefan de Vrij risked an own goal, his deflection on a Schiattarella strike looping just over the crossbar.

Just before the break, Gomis was decisive as Immobile turned on a sixpence to get the shot away.

Marco Borriello made his Spal debut just 24 hours after completing the move from Cagliari and was promptly booked for dragging back Marusic.

Luis Alberto curled a sudden strike over the bar and Gomis had his gloves stung by Senad Lulic. Felipe Caicedo made his Serie A debut, but there was no way through.

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Lazio: Strakosha; Wallace, De Vrij, Radu; Basta (Marusic 67), Parolo, Luis Alberto, Milinkovic, Lulic (Caicedo 85); Palombi (Lukaku 67), Immobile
Spal: Gomis; Oikonomu (Cremonesi 55), Vicari, Vaisanen; Lazzari (Mattiello 88), Schiattarella, Viviani, Mora, Costa; Floccari, Paloschi (Borriello 62)
Ref: Abisso