Brescia vs Lazio: Post Match Review
Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio have won nine Serie A games in a row for the second time in their history (the first was back in 1998/99 under Sven-Göran Eriksson).
Felipe Caicedo nearly got Lazio off to a flying start, the forward tapped the ball into the net after seven minutes from a Ciro Immobile cross-shot, but he was flagged offside.
Lazio then dominated possession putting the home team under growing attacking pressure, Senad Lulic’s angled drive skimming the far post after he dribbled past two defenders, however it was Brescia who opened the scoring against the run of the play.
On the 17th minute Mario Balotelli scored the first goal of the decade in Serie A, a feat which he achieved last decade. The striker capitalised on a Luiz Felipe error, the defender getting caught under the long ball played by Sabelli. Balotelli showed smart movement peeling round the back of the defender before volleying the ball into the far bottom corner on the turn. 1-0.
On the 32nd minute some smart link up play by Joaquin Correa covering for Luis Alberto in the Mezzala role played in Manuel Lazzari down the right, his cross was met by Felipe Caicedo who controlled the ball before despatching a shot which was well saved by Jesse Joronen at his near post.
Andrea Cistana then had five minutes of madness, the Italian defender picked up the first yellow card of the game on the 35th minute before he pulled down Caicedo in the box for a penalty, picking up his second yellow card in the process. Ciro Immobile dragged his penalty kick, sending Joronen the wrong way to equalise. 1-1.
On the 52nd minute Brescia nearly regained the lead, Thomas Strakosha managed to get a hand to a Dimitri Bisoli effort after Sandro Tonali played the ball across goal. Minutes later Joronen denied Lulic, whose effort was drilled into the direction of the far post.
It was difficult to tell that Brescia were a man down, the absence of Luis Alberto from the Lazio midfield looked like it would be of significance as Lazio struggled to find the killer pass.
However in the 91st minute Milinkovic-Savic nodded down a long ball, Caicedo showed excellent strength as he laid it off to Immobile who fired in from the edge of the box and snatch all three points at the death.
A familiar scenario this season for Lazio who now have scored 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of Serie A games this season.
Brescia vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Looking at the result from an xG perspective you would have to say that Lazio’s performance was worthy of them taking three points off the home side. The visitors had the majority of the attacking momentum throughout the game which reflects in the chances created below.
Operating in a deeper role to cover the absence of Luis Alberto, Correa managed to complete 86% of his passes against Brescia and also impressively win 71% of his ground duels. Taking a deeper dive into his passing in the final third you will notice that the majority of passes were played out wide to the flanks, with most attempts between defenders being unsuccessful. Although Correa’s overall play was pretty good, Lazio missed the Alberto and his ability to play acute passes in tight situations.
Lazzari did not have the game which we expected against Brescia, the defender was highlighted before the game as a player who could have a real impact on the outcome of the result. Unfortunately his ability to produce an end product was lacking with only one out of six crosses reaching the intended target. Lazzari also only managed to complete one succesfull dribble from the four attempted and only won a two ground duels from the nine attempts in a day to forget for the Italian.
Another exceptional performance from Acerbi who once again has shown his ability in Lazio colours. The defender recovered the ball 11 times against Brescia and completed 91% of his passes.
Brescia vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Immobile started the year with a brace, ensuring Lazio return to Rome with all three points and keep hot on the tails of Juventus and Inter; Lazio are now only three points off top of the table and with a run of home games ahead look to continue to put the heat on the early season favourites.
The last player before Ciro Immobile to score at least 18 goals after the first 17 games played by his team in Serie A was Angelillo in January 1959, who scored 33 goals at the end of the season.
Ciro Immobile has ben the highest scorer in the last three calendar years in Serie A: only one player has achieved this in four consecutive years, Roberto Boninegna (between 1970 and 1973).