Lazio vs Verona: Post Match Review
Lazio haven’t lost any of their last 17 Serie A matches (13W, 4D) equalling their longest undefeated streak in the clubs history after the goalless draw with Hellas Verona.
Despite this achievement many Laziali will be left deflated as the pre-game hype was around the biancocelesti leap-frogging Inter with a victory and being only two points off leaders Juventus.
The outcome of the night could have been different as the game saw Luis Alberto, one of Lazio’s brightest performers hit the woodwork twice and Thomas Strakosha pulling off a double save to keep Lazio in the game.
It was Hellas who had the first real chances on 16 minutes, as Thomas Strakosha needed a sensational double save on Matteo Pessina and then Borini, although the latter was offside.
On the 20th minute Immobile flicked a loose ball over Amir Rrahmani and burst into the box, the striker attempted to platy the ball between the legs of Marco Silvestri who saved from close range.
With 36 minutes on the clock Luis Alberto curled an audacious attempt at goal which Silvestri was equal too, pulling off an excellent fingertip save at full stretch.
Luis Alberto must have thought he had scored on the stroke of half-time as his toe-poke from the edge of the area nutmegged a defender and bounced off the base of the post, Silvestri could only watch as he was well and truly beaten.
Strakosha took the sting out of a Darko Lazovic effort at the near post, but Luis Alberto was so unlucky on 64 minutes after his shot hit the upright for the second time of the evening after another drive from distance.
Milinkovic-Savic and Stefan Radu both picked up yellow cards and therefore will be suspended for Parma at the weekend.
With time on the clock running out (84) Strakosha made a decisive save to palm Borini’s effort round the far post, the shot was destined for the net.
Milinkovic-Savic could and should have secured all three points, however the midfielder didn’t gamble on Gunter missing a routine header which enabled him an easy tap in. With the clock deep into the five minutes of stoppage time Luis Alberto gave the ball everything he had however Silvestri, (probably MOTM) was equal to it.
Lazio vs Verona: Statistical Analysis
It was Verona who created the best opportunities across the duration of the game and in all honesty if it wasn’t for Strakosha’s first half heroics probably should have scored. The draw was a fair result in relation to the performance and Verona, who are now unbeaten in their last seven games are worthy of their position in the league.
Kudos to Ivan Jurić and his stubborn Verona side, they managed to force Lazio to a large amount of shots from distance (8) which highlights the frustration of the home team in relation to carving out clear cut opportunites.
Luis Alberto needs pace in front of him to generate space to be creative, this was made difficult due to Verona often sitting deep with no space behind for Immobile to exploit. Inzaghi then opted to bring on two new wing-backs, not really changing the style of play seeing as it was only with five minutes left on the clock that Milinkovic-Savic was pushed up top be used as a target man.
Lazio vs Verona: Man of the Match
Thomas Strakosha: We all know that Strakosha would have been hurting after his blunder in the Derby, however against Verona the keeper has shown his quality in relation to his ability as a top class shot stopper. Strakosha made key saves in both halves to ensure Lazio can continue their unbeaten run for another week and for that reason he secures the Man of the Match.