SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 2 Sep 2018 (19.30 UK)
Lazio 1 - 0 Frosinone
Luis Alberto 49 (L)
Stadio Olimpico

Luis Alberto grabbed Lazio’s first victory of the campaign, but they almost paid the price again for wasteful finishing against Frosinone.

The Aquile were still looking for their first point of the season after defeats to Napoli and Juventus, but missed defender Luiz Felipe and winger Valon Berisha. This was a local derby for the newly-promoted Canarini, who had to do without Daniel Ciofani, Federico Dionisi, Joel Campbell and Emil Hallfredsson, among others.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic thought he had opened the scoring within five minutes, but the Marco Parolo free kick was flicked on, prompting an offside position spotted via VAR.

Lazio were unlucky not to score again, this time Luis Alberto’s chipped pass finding Parolo onside, but his header into the ground bounced off the far post.

They created a fine opportunity, Milinkovic-Savic give-and-go with Ciro Immobile, but the finish was wide from close range.

Immobile’s miss was astonishing, as Senad Lulic rolled it to his feet only to scuff horribly and turn wide from six yards at the back post.

Milinkovic-Savic smashed a couple of curlers just off target from distance and Frosinone largely tried to soak up pressure.

Lazio finally made one of these chances stick after a series of shots were charged down in the box, Luis Alberto swinging his boot at it from 12 yards to go through a sea of legs.

Lazio threatened from another corner, knocked on by Parolo, but at full stretch Francesco Acerbi could only volley it over from close range.

Capuano performed a stunning last-ditch tackle on Immobile, who had been sent clear by a Luis Alberto through ball. Lazio seemed tired and nervous towards the end, but held on under pressure.

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Lazio: Strakosha; Wallace, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Parolo, Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic (Murgia 82), Lulic; Luis Alberto (Badelj 90); Immobile (Caicedo 85)
Frosinone: Sportiello; Brighenti, Salamon, Capuano; Zampano (Ghiglione 71), Chibsah, Maiello, Cassata (Soddimo 82), Molinaro; Ciano, Perica (Ardaiz 71)
Ref: Calvarese