Genoa vs Lazio: Post Match Review
Simone Inzaghi and Lazio secured another victory as the Biancocelesti ensured they kept the pressure on Juventus at the top of Serie A. The away side were always in charge of the game, however credit to Davide Nicola and his Genoa side for continuing to fight until the final whistle.
Lazio ensured they got off to a perfect start at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Adam Marusic justifying Inzaghi’s decision to start the Montenegrin over Lazzari by opening the scoring inside two minutes. The defender played a smart one-two with Felipe Caicedo and burst through the Genoa defence, blasting his shot into the roof of the net. 0-1.
On the 14th minute Lucas Leiva played in Felipe Caicedo through a very wide passing lane down the Genoa right, the striker got off his shot which Mattia Perin got down well to palm round the near post for a corner.
With 26 minutes on the clock Genoa hit the post after another dangerous delivery from a set play, Schone’s free kick found Andrea Favilli, who’s header left Strakosha rooted to the spot only to hit the post.
Lazio started the second half the same as the first, like a steam train, on the 48th minute Ciro Immobile drilled in a sumptuous strike after an excellent delivery from Sergej Milinkovic-Lazio, only for the effort to go into the side netting. If Immobile would have scored this certainly would be one of his best this season.
Moments later the striker scored his 27th Serie A goal of the season. Milinkovic-Savic was again involved in the build up, Immobile found space in the box and placed his shot past Perin from 12 yards. 0-2.
Lazio’s lead lasted three minutes, Genoa got back into it with a splendid strike from Francesco Cassata who was unmarked on the edge of the box after Cataldi left his man in acres of space. The midfielder struck the ball sweetly as it curled over Strakosha into the net. 1-2.
Lazio extended their lead on the 71st minute after Cataldi scored from a free kick, the midfielder curled his effort over the wall and into the net in a similar goal to that scored against Juventus in the Supercoppa. 1-3.
Genoa set up a very tense final, Genoa were awarded a penalty through a VAR review for a Manuel Lazzari handball. Domenico Criscito’s despatched his penalty with the referee signalling five minutes additional time to be played.
Lazio held on to the result, a victory which now takes their undefeated streak to 20 games and one point off Juventus at the top of the league.
Genoa vs Lazio: Statistical Analysis
Genoa had an xG figure of 1.42 whilst Lazio 1.57 which showed how close this game was despite Lazio having a two goal lead during the second half.
Lazio created a significant amount of chances inside of the Genoa box, showing their ability to create chances with a higher xG value. Whilst the majority of chances for the home side were from outside of the box. Credit must go to the defensive unit of Lazio which included two changes with the likes of Vavro and Patric coming in and playing well alongside Radu.
Genoa vs Lazio: Man of the Match
Luis Alberto: “ll Mago” has created 73 key chances across the season, 11 more than any other player in Serie A. The Spaniard has been one of the main driving forces behind Lazio this season and we are really running out of superlatives to describe his performances.
Despite not picking up either an assist or goal in the match against Genoa, Alberto had five key passes to his name and really should have finished with at least one assist. He constantly demands the ball and always looks to play a positive pass to keep the biancocelesti moving forward, the Spaniard had the most touches (73) and made his presence felt across the pitch, he also completed four successful dribbles and made two clearances, a tackle and made an interception.