The biancocelesti redeem themselves after the debacle in the derby. Emiliani knocked out after 6 consecutive useful results
In the second advance of the 31st matchday of Serie A, Lazio beat Sassuolo 2-1, redeems the defeat in the derby and temporarily moves to 5th place. The match at the Olimpico was full of emotions, unlocked at 17 ‘by a shot in the corner of Lazzari. The Emilians take a pole in the 42nd minute with a header from Frattesi, but suffer at the beginning of the second half (51 ‘) the doubling of Milinkovic-Savic, quick in inserting a free-kick from Luis Alberto who hits the top of the crossbar directly from a corner in the 71st minute. At 94 ‘shortens Traore. Dionisi interrupts a streak of 6 consecutive useful results.
Lazio immediately find the right way after the break for the national teams, restart with three well-deserved and important points against one of the most fit teams of the moment and relaunch its ambitions in the race for the Europa League. With a building off and still bewildered by Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, it is Lazzari and Milinkovic-Savic who replace him in the scoresheet under the scorers, a goal in time that extinguishes the ambitions of a Sassuolo who was unable to make up for the very heavy absences of Berardi, team leader, and Maxime Lopez, the brain. Compared to the latest releases, in fact, the neroverdi appeared less brilliant, leaving too many spaces for the biancocelesti, really overwhelming especially on the right wing with the Lazzari-Felipe Anderson tandem. Performance that does not affect what is extraordinary done by Dionisi and his boys.
Sarri relaunches Lazzari from 1 ‘, Patric takes the place of the injured Luiz Felipe, while the attacking trident is formed by Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni, as Pedro is disqualified. Heavy absences also for Dionisi, who has to do without Berardi and Maxime Lopez: in their place Defrel and Henrique. Chiriches, not at his best, goes on the bench and gives way to Ayhan. Forward Scamacca, in the distance challenge with Immobile as 9 of the national team.
For the attitude and offensive characteristics of the two teams, the match at the Olimpico promises to be electrifying and expectations are not disappointed. Already at 1 ‘Consiglio is called to the great answer on the diagonal of Lazzari. The Emilians do not stand by and first with Traore (outside the net) and then with Scamacca (Strakosha is saved on the way out) they bring serious dangers. The rhythms are high, the time to think is really tight and the balance is broken in the 17 ‘, when Lazzari recovers the ball and makes tips dry with a left in the corner. The goal unlocks the hosts, who take over and almost double on several occasions: Zaccagni headless does not find the goal (20 ‘), a minute later the Sassuolo goalkeeper is super with the recall hand on the right to turn by Marusic and at 27 ‘Immobile always with his head does not find the door. The Neapolitan striker, overwhelmed by criticism after Italy’s defeat against North Macedonia, wastes again in the 37th minute with an imprecise plate, while in the 40th minute it was saved with his feet after a personal action by Felipe Anderson. Sassuolo gives signs of life in the final half of the first half, with a left by Kyriakopoulos that Strakosha raises over the crossbar with an open hand and above all with Frattesi, who heads the post (42 ‘), then Defrel kicks centrally.
Dionisi leaves the bewildered Kyriakopoulos in the locker room and inserts Rogerio. Immobile makes a mistake again triggered by Milinkovic-Savic (49 ‘), but the Serbian takes care of fixing things, inserting himself with perfect timing on Luis Alberto’s free-kick and mocking Consiglio with a dirty touch from a few meters (51’). Sassuolo suffers the blow and struggles to organize incisive actions. Lazio are in full control and in the 71st minute Luis Alberto hits the top of the crossbar directly from a corner kick. The match ended under a strong hail and with the goal of the flag in the 94th minute of Traore, left all alone to strike a few steps from Strakosha. Too late for a sensational comeback.
Lazzari 7 – Sarri relaunches him from 1 ‘and the winger repays him with a super performance, especially in the first half where, together with Felipe Anderson, he gives Kyriakopoulos a headache. Absolute master of the band.
Milinkovic-Savic 7 – With Luis Alberto he finds himself with his eyes closed, as in the occasion of the doubling which is worth the 2-0 with an insertion that surprises the whole rival rearguard. In the end he surrenders to exhaustion and deserves the right applause of his fans.
Property 5.5 – The only negative note at Lazio. The criticisms received in the national team are still open wounds for the Neapolitan striker, who missed a goal tonight that usually does not miss with the biancoceleste shirt.
Advice 6.5 – Surprised as his teammates about the inclusion of Milinkovic-Savic, the goalkeeper saves the result on three more occasions on Lazzari, Marusic and Felipe Anderson.
Scamacca 5 – Without Berardi and Maxime Lopez he lacks important supplies, but his game is all on the occasion in the 6 ‘neutralized by Strakosha. If the one seen tonight is the new number 9 of the national team, Mancini cannot sleep peacefully.
Kyriakopoulos 4.5 – An afternoon to forget for the Greek full-back, overwhelmed by the Lazzari-Felipe Anderson platform. The attempt at the end of the first half did not prevent him from substituting at half-time.
Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha 6; Lazzari 7, Patric 6, Acerbi 6.5, Marusic 6.5; Milinkovic-Savic 7 (40 ‘st Basic sv), Lucas Leiva 6 (34’ st Cataldi sv), Luis Alberto 6.5 (48 ‘st Akpa Akpro sv); Felipe Anderson 7, Building 5.5, Zaccagni 6.5. Available: Reina, Adamonis, Hysaj, Kamenovic, Luka Romero, Raul Moro, Cabral. Annex: Sarri 6.5
Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Tips 6.5; Muldur 5.5 (29 ‘st Toljan 6), Ayhan 6, Ferrari 5.5, Kyriakopoulos 4.5 (1’ st Rogerio 6); Frattesi 6 (29 ‘st Harroui 5.5), Henrique 5.5; Defrel 5 (39 ‘st Oddei sv), Raspadori 5.5, Traore 6, Scamacca 5 (44’ st Samele sv). Available: Vitale, Pegolo, Magnanelli, Ciervo, Peluso, Chiriches, Tressoldi. Annex: Dionysus 5.5
Markers: 17 ‘Lazzari (L), 6’ st Milinkovic-Savic (L), 49 ‘st Traore (S)
Ammonites: Kyriakopoulos (S), Felipe Anderson (L), Frattesi (S), Harroui (S)
• Lazio have won two consecutive Serie A home games for the first time since last November (four on that occasion).
• Sassuolo have four players with at least four goals scored in Serie A in 2022, at least double that of any other team (Raspadori, Traorè, Scamacca and Berardi).
• Hamed Traorè has scored five goals in Serie A this season, equaling his scoring record in a single season in the competition set last season.
• Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of three midfielders with at least nine goals scored and nine assists served in the current five major European leagues (alongside Christopher Nkunku and Dimitri Payet).
• With nine goals and nine assists, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has seen 18 goals in this league (more than any other midfielder), his new personal record of active participation in a single Serie A season.
• Lazio are, with Inter, one of the two teams with two players with at least eight assists served in this Serie A (Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto for the biancocelesti).
• Manuel Lazzari has scored three goals in Serie A this season, a record for him in a single season in the competition.
• Of Manuel Lazzari’s seven Serie A goals, this is the first with a shot from outside the box.
• Only Antonio Candreva (four) has hit more woods than Davide Frattesi (three, like Lorenzo Pellegrini) among the midfielders in this Serie A.