Fiorentina vs Lazio: Post Match Review
Ciro Immobile ended Lazio’s recent away struggles and made himself the fourth highest scorer in the club’s Serie A history with a late winner at Fiorentina on Sunday.
The Biancocelesti were winless in three on the road, but Immobile ensured that’s where their problems stopped with his 77th goal for the club, drawing him level with Giorgio Chinaglia and sealing a 2-1 win.
Energetic midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli got the home side off to a good start, the youngster taking an excellent touch outside the box to allow space for a shot. His curling effort was just wide of the upright.
On the 12th minute Lazio should have been awarded a penalty, Manuel Lazzari easily beating Martín Cáceres for pace only to be blatantly pushed in the back in the box. No VAR review from the referee on this occasion.
Lazio broke the deadlock on the 22nd minute, Ciro Immobile isolating Germán Pezzella and playing a well timed pass into the path of Joaquin Correa. The Spaniard timed his run well to beat the offside trap and cooly rounded Bartlomiej Dragowski before slotting into an empty net. 1-0.
Three minutes later Lazio and Correa should have made it two, Luis Alberto played a great ball to Correa who was denied by Dragowski, the Polish keeper making a great save.
Fiorentina hit back on the 28th minute, a driving run from Frank Ribéry down the Lazio right hand side. The Lazio defense backed off the winger who pulled the ball back to the penalty spot. Federico Chiesa smashing the ball past an onlooking Strakosha. 1-1.
On the 41st minute substitute Luca Ranieri received a yellow card for a high boot, the Italian should have lead with his head but strangely decided a swinging boot was the better option.
In the second half Dragowski showed his value to Fiorentina making another excellent save to deny Lucas Leiva who tested the keeper from distance on the 59th minute.
On the 61st minute Jordan Lukaku was introduced by Simone Inzaghi, the Belgium international making his first appearance for Lazio this season.
Ribéry flashed a shot just inches wide of the Lazio goal on the 65th minute after working space for the shot.
With time running out on the clock it looked as if the game was going to be heading for a 1-1 draw, however Lazio were to make sure they left Florence with all three points.
Lukaku using his physicality winning the ball in his own half before racing down the flank to receive a pass from Luis Alberto. Lukaku delivered the ball into the box with a well placed first time cross, his ball found Ciro Immobile who ghosted onto the ball after a late run into the box, his header beating Dragowski and giving Lazio the lead. 1-2.
Jordan Lukaku should have had another assist in the 95th minute, his square ball found Alberto free in the box. The Spaniards shot was destined for the net only for Ranieri to block his effort with his hand.
Ranieri received a second yellow in a game he will want to forget, Felipe Caicedo took the penalty for Lazio which was saved by Dragowski who was a stand out player for the Viola.
Fiorentina vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Sunday nights game at the Stadio Artemio Franchi was a battle of the midfields, Lazio edged possession with Fiorentina looking to hit their opponents on the counter. Lazio were the most effective at creating chances on the night, the majority coming through individual skill and play out wide.
Luis Alberto again showed his importance to Lazio for his ability to be creative in the final third, the Spaniard did grow increasingly frustrated as the game went on which lead to him forcing the pass as he often looked to play the killer ball.
In Francesco Acerbi Lazio have an outstanding defender, the Italian must be one of Simone Inzahi’s first names on the team-sheet. Acerbi put in a solid performance against Fiorentina, he completed 94 percent of his passes, again most of which are progressive. He also managed an impressive 13 ball recoveries in the match.
Fiorentina vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Ciro Immobile is my Man of the Match for his performance away in Florence. In a game which the striker was starved of the ball, Immobile showed his class snatching all three points for Lazio with his well timed header at the death, his only shot of the match.
Nearly all of his 41 touches come from outside the box on the night, however the Italian played a major role in Correa’s goal, providing the assist. His effort and work rate couldn’t be faulted, making countless runs throughout the game keeping the Viola defensive unit on their toes.