Sassuolo vs Lazio: Post Match Review
Lazio left the Mapei Stadium with all three points after a late snatch and grab, thanks to a goal from their very own super sub Felipe Caicedo.
The win leaves the Biancocelesti in third place in Serie A, they have now won their last five games in the league and their form matches that of Juventus and Inter in the last six games.
Before the game there was a minute’s silence in memory of Dr. Adriana Spazzoli, the late Vice President of Sassuolo Calcio.
The first action of the game came after 15 minutes, Luis alberto forced a top drawer save from Andrea Consigli to keep the scores level. The spaniard played a good one-two with Joaquin Correa and bent his shot into the far corner, Consigli managed to get a strong left hand to it at full stretch.
The deadlock was broken after 34 minutes, the man of the moment Ciro Immobile squeezing the ball under the Consigli after being played in down the left hand channel by Correa. The goal against Sassuolo making King Ciro become the first ever player in Lazio history ti score in eight consecutive Serie A matches. 0-1.
The goal sprung Sassuolo into life, two minutes after Immobile scored Duncan latched onto a lay-off from outside the box and nearly hit the target from distance, his effort left the Sassuolo crowd with their hands on their heads, replays showed that his shot skimmed the crossbar.
On the 43rd minute Manuel Lazzari played a ball to Correa on the edge of the box, the Argentinian acrobatically connected with the ball on the volley, forcing Consigli to make another good save.
On the stroke of half-time Sassuolo had a corner, the ball was delivered in from the left and Federico Peluso got a strong head to the ball guiding it towards the bottom corner, Francesco Caputo was on hand to slide in and stab the ball home. 1-1.
On the 66th minute Ciro Immobile linked up well with Correa, playing the ball back to Correa outside of the Sassuolo box for his partner to strike, the effort from Correa was dragged wide and in all honesty looked as if Correa had tired legs.
Simone Inzaghi replaced Correa on the 79th minute with Felipe Caicedo, his efforts were rewarded on the 91st minute as the substitute snatched all three points for the visitors. The Ecuadorian played a neat one-two with Luis Alberto in the box, the Spaniard somehow squeezing the ball between two players to give Caicedo half a chance. Caicedo still had work to do, his spin on the ball enabling him to take two defenders out of the game, giving him enough time to get away the winning shot.
The travelling fans were sent into raptures as his strike hit the back of the net, the Lazio bench emptied to celebrate with the super sub, showing how close this group of players has become over the campaign. 2-1.
Sassuolo vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Luis Alberto again displayed his importance in the attacking third of the pitch against Sassuolo. His ability to play between the lines and recieve the ball in tight spaces is quite extraordinary, Alberto is normally central to most attacks for Lazio anywhere across the final third.
Lucas Leiva again showed why Simone Inzaghi cannot afford to replace the Brazilian from his Lazio side. Leiva managed to make seven tackles in Sundays game, five more than any other Midfielder in the Lazio side. (Alberto Two and Milinkovic-Savic One).
Despite Milinkovic-Savic only making the single tackle against Sassuolo he did recover possession for Lazio nine times, the Serbian also managed to win 100 percent of his aerial duels. Despite only receiving an average player score on WhoScored.com for me Milinkovic-Savic has shown his effectiveness for the team, he is very much a safe selection who hardly puts a foot wrong.
Sassuolo vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Luis Alberto takes the Man of the Match award from the game against Sassuolo, the Spaniard was involved in the winning goal, he also created five key passes throughout the game and for me is one of the in form players in the top five leagues at present.