Lazio dominated this match and could’ve had more than the 4-0 scoreline suggests, as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Ciro Immobile were inspirational.
Both sides had European ambitions, as the Aquile had to win in order to maintain joint third place, as Roma had beaten SPAL 3-0 24 hours earlier. After the thrilling 4-3 victory at Fiorentina midweek, Luis Alberto and Alessandro Murgia were suspended with Patric injured. Samp missed Nicola Murru, but were fresh from a last-gasp success over Bologna.
Marco Parolo was an injury doubt and indeed limped off after 19 minutes to make way for Jordan Lukaku, moving Senad Lulic to a more central role.
Lucas Leiva turned a free header over the bar from the Sergej Milinkovic-Savic cross, then Thomas Strakosha had his gloves stung by an Edgar Barreto half-volley from distance.
Lazio did break through with an acrobatic Milinkovic-Savic diving header on Stefan Radu’s deep cross after Samp failed to properly clear their lines.
Moments later, Gian Marco Ferrari used his legs to practically clear Lucas Leiva’s attempt off the line, as his goalkeeper seemed to be beaten.
Emiliano Viviano had his gloves stung by both Felipe Anderson and the Ciro Immobile follow-up, then got down to palm an Adam Marusic daisy-cutter round the post.
However, from the resulting corner, there was little he could do on the Stefan de Vrij diving header. For the second time in 10 minutes, Ivan Strinic was static when defending the cross.
Viviano was at full stretch to turn away a Milinkovic-Savic low drive from the edge of the box and Immobile was glad to see the offside flag after he horribly turned the rebound wide.
Duvan Zapata tried to fight back with an angled drive that flashed across the face of goal, but the Colombian went off injured, then Dawid Kownacki’s curler was smothered.
Felipe Anderson saw his free kick skim the crossbar, while the Martin Caceres header flashed just wide from a Lucas Leiva cross. Milinkovic-Savic’s volley took a double deflection to dribble just wide of the upright on a corner.
Immobile finally added to his Capocannoniere tally, but only had to tap in the perfect Milinkovic-Savic assist rolled across the six-yard box from the right.
Moments later, he completed his brace, as Ferrari was caught in possession by Luis Nani and Immobile ran on to the through ball to sweep in with the inside of his right boot.
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