Lazio turned it all around to win 2-1 in the final 10 minutes, ending Sampdoria’s perfect home record with inspirational Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
This was a showdown between the side with a perfect home record and the team that won six out of seven away games this season. Ivan Strinic and Karol Linetty missed out for Samp, while Luis Nani, Felipe Anderson and Wallace didn’t make the trip.
The Blucerchiati have now won just one of their last 12 meetings with Lazio, home and away, drawing twice. They were beaten 7-3 at the Olimpico in May.
The hosts got off to a bright start, as Stefan Radu had to sprint back and take a Fabio Quagliarella through ball off the foot of Duvan Zapata, but Marco Parolo nodded wide at the back post, with Ciro Immobile and Dennis Praet curlers skimming the upright.
Gaston Ramirez stung Thomas Strakosha’s gloves, then skipped past three tackles for a strike that brushed the roof of the net.
It was an open game with plenty of chances at both ends, as Radu blasted over and Luis Alberto hesitated after failing to make the most of an inspired Sergej Milinkovic-Savic through ball.
Moments later, Strakosha stuck out a foot to parry from Duvan Zapata on a Praet assist. There was a huge double chance for Lazio on 35 minutes, as first Viviano beat away the Milinkovic-Savic strike, then Bereszynski cleared Luis Alberto’s angled drive off the line.
Adam Marusic nodded off target following a Milinkovic-Savic back-heel flick for Radu’s cross.
After the restart, Lazio had another fantastic opportunity, as Parolo’s angled drive beat Viviano only to bounce off the inside of the far post.
It was Sampdoria who finally broke the deadlock, as Quagliarella with his back to goal knocked down a Torreira ball over the top that Duvan Zapata controlled to fire in from 12 yards.
Moments later it was almost 2-0, as Radu flung himself in the way of a Barreto pass to stop Duvan Zapata tapping in from point-blank range.
Quagliarella had another promising chance, but his volley was so far wide that it went for a throw-in and Lazio started to pepper Viviano’s area with attacks.
It eventually paid off, as Parolo’s header from a Luis Alberto free kick was deflected and Milinkovic-Savic reacted quickest to the loose ball, sliding in to fire it into the roof of the net.
The momentum was with Lazio, who were pouring forward, and they turned it around in the final minute. Milinkovic-Savic was again inspirational, his run and through ball left by Felipe Caicedo, so Immobile’s attempt was charged down from point-blank range and the Ecuador international tapped in the rebound.