SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 10 - 30 Oct 2019 (20.00 UK)
Lazio 4 - 0 Torino
Acerbi 25 (L), Immobile 33, pen 70 (L), Belotti og 90 (L)
Stadio Olimpico

Ciro Immobile bagged a brace and Francesco Acerbi scored a long-distance stunner, as Lazio sent Torino deeper into crisis.

Both sides started the season with European ambitions, but were faltering both on the continent and in Serie A. Denis Vavro was suspended for the hosts, who used Felipe Caicedo as partner to Ciro Immobile, with Adam Marusic and Danilo Cataldi stepping in after a controversial 2-1 win at Fiorentina. Toro coach Walter Mazzarri faced calls for his dismissal from fans and local media after two points from four rounds, with three away defeats already this term.

Mazzarri was in the stands, as he became the first coach to be suspended due to an accumulation of five yellow cards.

Lazio had lost only one of their previous 15 Serie A meetings with Torino at the Olimpico, 3-1 in 2017, along with six wins and eight draws.

Felipe Caicedo wasted from a promising position, while Danilo Cataldi’s free kick whistled just wide.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the most unexpected fashion. Centre-back Francesco Acerbi gathered a good 30 metres out and simply smacked a rocket into the far top corner. It was unstoppable and entirely surprising, not least to Salvatore Sirigu.

Immobile doubled Lazio’s lead when he ran forward from midfield on a long ball, pretended to cut inside for a curler towards the far top corner, but instead hit it hard and low at the near post to surprise Sirigu again.

Torino were unlucky not to get back into it straight after the restart, as Thomas Strakosha parried Soualiho Meite’s strike from distance and Andrea Belotti acrobatically turned the rebound on to the crossbar.

Caicedo had the ball in the net, but only after Immobile had been caught offside in the build-up, while Senad Lulic missed a free header.

Torino’s hopes crumbled completely when Nicolas Nkoulou hacked down Caicedo as he was about to shoot from 10 yards. The referee opted for both a penalty – converted by Immobile – and a red card.

Sirigu at full stretch fingertipped a Joaquin Correa angled drive round the upright to keep the scoreline down.

However, there was little he could do in stoppages when Luis Alberto’s corner took a decisive deflection off Belotti’s head.

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Lazio: Strakosha; Patric (Luis Felipe 79), Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi (Parolo 75), Luis Alberto, Lulic; Caicedo (Correa 72), Immobile
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco (Verdi 62); De Silvestri, Baselli (Djidji 75), Meite, Lukic, Laxalt; Zaza (Falque 67), Belotti
Ref: Orsato

Sent off: Nkoulou 69 (T)