Lazio vs Juventus: Post Match Review
Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio secured their first victory against Juventus in Serie A since December 2003, the result has genuinely made the Biancocelesti a Scudetto challenger.
Juventus had the first shot on goal, Paulo Dybala unleashed a great shot which Thomas Strakosha saved. The Argentinian received the ball on the right hand side of the box, before curling a his effort into the far corner.
Minutes later it was Dybala again, this time almost scoring from his in-swinging corner, the ball was saved by Strakosha who punched the ball out from just under his bar.
Juventus continued their early dominance and probably should have gone in the lead when Cristiano Ronaldo dug out a cross which Federico Bernardeschi somehow missed with his header from a yard away from an open goal.
On the 25th minute the visitors took the lead Ronaldo tapped home after a beautiful passing move, the striker finishing off superb work from Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur which carved Lazio open too easily. The assist was from Bentancur. 0-1.
Luis Alberto was presented a free-kick on the edge of the box on the 33rd minute after a foul on Joaquin Correa. The Spaniards radar was yet to be dialled in as his effort soared above the bar.
Bernardeschi whipped a cross to Ronaldo on the 43rd minute, which was met with a diving header. The effort was well saved by Strakosha who stoped the ball close to his line.
Lazio equalise just before the break, a thundering header from Luiz Felipe means that both teams go into the break on level terms. The assist came from Luis Alberto who delivered his cross from the left hand side, taking his tally into double figures, 1-1.
Luis Alberto showed that he can also be a threat from long-range, his effort from 35 yards forced Wojciech Szcsęsny into a save on the 49th minute.
Correa was next to test Szcsęsny on the 67th minute, his effort from the left side of the box was saved in the bottom right hand corner.
Juan Cuadrado picked up a yellow card on the 69th minute, he brought down Manuel Lazzari who was clean through on goal, referee Michael Fabbri then looked at the replay on his screen and decided to upgrade the decision to a straight red.
Minutes later Milinković-Savić put the home team in front, killing a pass from Luis Alberto before firing the ball past the Juventus keeper from inside the box. Could the Laziali dare to dream?! 2-1.
On the 77th minute Correa drew a foul inside the box and Lazio were awarded a penalty, up stepped Ciro Immobile who’s effort was saved by Szcęsny who pushed the ball back into the strikers path. Immobile hit the rebound goalwards only for Szcęsny to perform an outstanding double save.
Lazio completed the scoring in injury time as Lazzari spearheaded a counter attack, his driving run from inside his own half took him into the opponents box, his shot saved by Szęsny. this time the follow up landed at the feet of Felipe Caicedo who set the ball and drove it into the net. 3-1.
Lazio vs Juventus: Statistical Analysis
Lazio managed to carve open the Juventus defence on multiple occasions, the speed and fluidity of the Biancocelesti counter attack was a little too much for the Old Lady. Lazio created 14 goal scoring opportunities inside the Juventus box compared to their opponents six.
The XG timeline below highlights the impact which the red card had on the outcome of the game, the red was presented to Cuadrado on the 69th minute, as you can see the XG figure took a dramatic rise after this point as Lazio rallied and put the opponents under some excellent pressure, conducting some fantastic counter attacks causing the Juventus defensive unit a problem.
The Serbian has re-discovered his form and is now performing at a high level, the midfielder contributed to Saturdays win over Juventus with a goal but it was his defensive responsibilities which really stood out. Milinković-Savić managed to obtain possession back for Lazio no fewer than 10 times at the Olimpico.
Lazio vs Juventus: Man of the Match
Luis Alberto with two assists secured the Man of the Match against Juventus, the Spaniard added two more assists to his name, taking him to 11 for the season. This makes the Lazio man the most creative player in Europes top five leagues in terms of assists.
The midfielder lead from the front, winning the ball back for Lazio high up the field on multiple occasions, this is what I feel is key to his success in playing the killer ball, winning the ball back when the opponent are in the transitional phase of the game, allowing him to catch defenders out of position or on the back foot.