Lazio vs SPAL: Post Match Review
A brace from Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo inside the first 45 minutes ensured Lazio put the result beyond SPAL, the side from Ferrara showed their fighting spirit by drawing the second half in which Bobby Adekanye scored his debut Serie A goal for Lazio in a compelling 5-1 victory.
As expected there was no Joaquin Correa or Danilo Cataldi in the sqaud and defender Patric missed out through illness. Leonardo Semplici threw Lucas Castro straight into the starting eleven two days after his move from Cagliari, while Etrit Berisha and Sergio Floccari faced their old club.
It didn’t take Lazio long to score, on the third minute Senad Lulic flicked on a corner which Ciro Immobile met at the back post with a volley which fired into the roof of the net past Kevin Bonifazi. This was more like the Lazio we are used to playing at home, fast out the blocks to get the early lead. 1-0.
SPAL thought they had pulled level through Floccari on the 9th minute, the striker heading the ball into the net after the ref blew up for a push in the box.
With 16 minutes on the clock Lazio scored their second, a quick counter allowed Manuel Lazzari to burst onto a Luis Alberto through ball which he smashed the ball into the bottom of the post; the rebound fell into the path of Felipe Caicedo who turned in the rebound. 2-0.
On the 29th minute Immobile sprung the offside trap after excellent work from Lazzari down the right hand side, the striker rounded Etrit Berisha but the angle was too big to score. Anyone watching would have thought the chance was gone, however everyone is not Ciro Immobile! The striker somehow looped the ball off the goalkeeper into the inside of the side net at the far post. Honestly you need to watch this one to believe it. 3-0.
A minute later Federico Di Francesco struck the upright for SPAL then Caicedo clipped the crossbar up the other end.
Caicedo did score his brace on the 38th minute, the striker showed some excellent link up play with his partner and then curled his strike into the top corner of the goal. 4-0.
Inzaghi surprisingly opted to rest Caicedo after taking him off on the 49th minute and introducing Adekanye.
Nine minutes later the youngster scored his first ever Serie A goal, again the assist was provided by Lazzari who bombed forward on the right and it was his ball which was met by Adekanye at the near post for a tap in. 5-0.
Simone Missiroli scored a consolation goal for the away side on the 65th minute as he beat the Lazio defence and fired past Strakosha. 5-1.
Lazio vs SPAL: Statistical Analysis
The biancocelesti really dominated the game in relation to xG and secured the victory which their performance deserved. SPAL to their credit did at times get themselves in positions to cause a threat on goal, however the majority of their attempts on goal in the Lazio box were either blocked or dragged wide of goal.
Lazzari showed what he was all about against his former club and will possibly leave a few Laziali scratching their heads as to why the Italian cannot produce performances like this on a consistent basis. Lazzari always looked like a threat down the right, his blistering pace will cause any defender a problem, in Sundays game he produced two key passes but more importantly completed 97% of his passes and his end product and desire to get forward was impressive.
Lazio vs SPAL: Man of the Match
Ciro Immobile: the striker has now scored 25 goals in Serie A, after 21 games, no player in the history of the competition has scored more. (Antonio Valentin Angelillo also scored 25 goals, in 1959).
King Ciro’s second goal today pretty much has summed up the strikers season, the player is extremely high in confidence as probably expects to score with every shot which he can get on target. The below image shows all of Ciro’s 25 Serie A goals, the majority of which have come from a low xG value (sub 0.1) which shows that the striker is managing to score in situations where others may fail.