Lazio showed the lack of strength in depth is still a real issue, as they were dominated 3-0 by Sampdoria, Tommaso Augello getting a goal and assist.
The Blucerchiati had a rough start to this season and made the trip to Marassi with a decimated squad, missing suspended Ciro Immobile, injured Manuel Lazzari, Senad Lulic, Luiz Felipe, Bastos, Andreas Pereira, Gonzalo Escalante and Stefan Radu, so transfer deadline day signing Wesley Hoedt went straight into the starting XI.
Samp had the more aggressive start and it eventually paid off, as Tommaso Augello whipped in a cross from the left to find a Fabio Quagliarella header into the far top corner. As splendid a finish as it was, the Lazio defending left him far too much room.
Augello provided the assist and was having a remarkable evening at Marassi, as his wayward cross turned into a shot that Thomas Strakosha had to fingertip out from under the bar.
On the resulting corner, it was cleared to the edge of the area where Augello thumped in off the outside of his left boot into the bottom corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Simone Inzaghi changed both wing-backs for the second half and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic went close with a header wide from a corner, while Vedat Muriqi came on for his debut, sending Joaquin Correa through only for the angled drive to flash across the face of goal.
Milinkovic-Savic drilled just wide again with a first-time strike, but Sampdoria were more clinical and had the better of the game overall.
Substitute Damsgaard made it 3-0 at the end of a catalogue of errors. Quagliarella’s shot was saved by Strakosha, Patric fell asleep on the rebound and Damsgaard blasted it in off the underside of the bar.
Strakosha kept the scoreline down with a sensational double save, one-handed first on Damsgaard and then the Keita Balde Diao follow-up.
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