Lazio vs Sampdoria: Post Match Review
Lazio become the fifth team in Serie A history to win more than 10 games in a row, the landslide victory over Sampdoria would see Ciro Immobile steal the show with a hat-trick and assist to his name.
Jony secured himself a rare start in place of the suspended Senad Lulic, while Felipe Caicedo again stepped in for not fully fit Joaquin Correa. Sampdoria left Fabio Quagliarella on the bench, with Gaston Ramirez, Alex Ferrari and Fabio Depaoli injured.
Lazio started the game with a real purpose, Luis Alberto nearly opening the scoring within four minutes as his strike skimmed the near post.
The Laziali didn’t have to wait long to have something to cheer about, on the 7th minute Ciro Immobile showed immense strength and determination to shrug off Julian Chabot, before forcing Emil Audero to parry at the near post with his legs, as the ball rebounded back into play Omar Colley inexplicably allowed Caicedo to tap in the rebound. 1-0.
On the 17th minute Nicola Murru handled a Manuel Lazzari cross, awarding the home side a penalty. Ciro Immobile drilled the ball low and hard into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later Immobile had the Sampdoria defensive unit heads spinning, Europes leading marksman ran on to a long Francesco Acerbi ball, again making light work of Chabot, before rounding Audero and squeezing his finish between the two defenders who were desperately trying to get back to clear the ball from their goal. 3-0.
On the 36th minute Thomas Strakosha had his first piece of work in the Lazio goal, the Albanian pulling off a fingertip save to deny Gianluca Caprari.
The half closed the same way in which it opened, Luis Alberto getting on the end of a Acerbi shot which Audero was equal to.
On the 49th minute Bastos replaced Stefan Radu and scored four minutes later, as once again the Sampdoria defence stood were caught ball watching allowing Lucas Leiva to lay the ball for the centre-back to fire home. 4-0.
On the 59th minute Luis Alberto threatened to add a fifth after he was played in on goal by Immobile, however the Spaniards effort was deflected wide.
On the 65th minute the biancocelesti were awarded their second penalty, as Colley blocked the ball with his arm during a mistimed sliding block. Immobile converted again to complete his hat-trick. 5-0.
With 70 minutes on the clock Sampdoria managed to score a consolation goal, Strakosha managed to get to a Manolo Gabbiadini strike however Karol Linetty turned in the rebound. 5-1.
The action did not end there, Julian Chabot will want to forget his trip to Rome, the defender picked up a straight red card on 73 minutes for hacking down Bobby Adekanye who was clear on goal.
Saturdays victory was Simone Inzaghi’s 100th victory as Lazio coach.
Lazio vs Sampdoria: Statistical Analysis
Lethal Lazio dominated the game and outscored the xG figure against Sampdoria, Francesco Acerbi missed the biggest chance of the game, his blocked effort on the 43rd minute had an expected goal score of 0.62.
The Brazilian again showed his importance within the Lazio side, Leiva managed to recover the ball no fewer than 11 times for the biancocelesti. Leiva completed 85% of his passes against Sampdoria, his presence and ability to keep play moving through short passes reminds me of Claude Makélélé during his Chelsea days.
Lazio vs Sampdoria: Man of the Match
Ciro Immobile, the striker wore the captains armband in the absence of Senad Lulić against Sampdoria and boy did he lead by example. He set out the intentions of his side early doors and excluding his goals, his presence and energy ensured that his team got the result they desired.
At the mid-way point of the season Immobile now has scored 23 goals, nine more than anyone else in Serie A. He is the leading goal scorer in Europe’s top five leagues and surely nailed on to pick up the Capocannoniere.