SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 18 - 23 Dec 2017 (11.30 UK)
Lazio 4 - 0 Crotone
Lukaku 56 (L), Immobile 78 (L), Lulic 86 (L), Felipe Anderson 89 (L)
Stadio Olimpico

It took Lazio almost an hour to break through the Crotone wall, but then ran riot with Jordan Lukaku, Ciro Immobile, Senad Lulic and Felipe Anderson.

The Aquile welcomed back Ciro Immobile from suspension and were hoping to get on track after one point from their last two fiery games against Torino and Atalanta. The Calabrese club were fresh from their first win under new Coach Walter Zenga, but missed Mariano Izco, Andrea Nalini, Stefan Simic and Marco Tumminello.

Alex Cordaz needed a tricky save on Luis Alberto’s low volley at the back post within five minutes, but after a very aggressive start, Lazio’s momentum waned.

The hosts gave the ball away repeatedly, though Marcello Trotta and Andrea Barberis were unable to take advantage.

Wallace nodded wide from a corner and Trotta’s free header was over from six yards, but the Crotone striker had wandered offside, while Jordan Lukaku threatened an own goal.

Just before half-time, Lazio created their best chance so far, as Luis Alberto took the free kick quickly and Arlind Ajeti failed to cut out the Milinkovic-Savic assist, but Marco Parolo struck the side-netting from a tight angle.

Cordaz fingertipped a Luis Alberto corner off the head of Stefan de Vrij.

The deadlock was finally broken just as Lazio fans were beginning to grumble. Luis Alberto’s through ball sent Immobile down the left and he drew the focus of both defender and goalkeeper, instead rolling across for totally unmarked Jordan Lukaku to tap in.

Luis Alberto was inspirational again moments later, curling a corner directly on to the top of the crossbar.

Strakosha almost gifted Crotone an equaliser, but made up for his error by scrambling the ball back under control, then Bruno Martella glanced the upright with his header from close range.

Adam Marusic really should’ve made it 2-0 on 71 minutes with a very similar move to the goal, but this time Senad Lulic rolled across and his teammate ballooned it into Row Z.

Immobile was unlucky, springing the offside trap only to see his angled drive shave a coat of paint off the far upright.

The striker did get his goal, as Lulic floated an assist on to his head to double Lazio’s lead after good work from Lukaku.

Strakosha kept the clean sheet intact by getting his gloves behind a Trotta spin at the near stick, but Lazio added a third when Felipe Anderson dribbled down the right and pulled back for Lulic to blast in from six yards.

There was nearly a fourth at the end of a well-worked move between Felipe Anderson and Lulic, but Immobile skimmed the near post.

The fourth did arrive moments later, as Felipe Anderson fired in from close range on another roll across the face of goal.

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Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, De Vrij, Wallace; Marusic, Murgia (Lucas Leiva 65), Parolo, Lukaku; Luis Alberto (Felipe Anderson 83), Milinkovic-Savic (Lulic 65); Immobile
Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi (Faraoni 83), Ajeti, Ceccherini, Martella; Rohden, Barberis, Mandragora; Trotta, Budimir (Simy 83), Stoian (Tonev 65)
Ref: Calvarese