Preview - Benevento vs Lazio 29 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 29, 2017, 06:14 PM

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Benevento vs Lazio

A precious first Serie A win is what Benevento is craving for as they host high-flying Lazio. The newbies are propping up the table, having lost all 10 games while scoring just three goals.

Manager Marco Barone was sacked after Week 9, and the appointment of Robert De Zerbi seemed to have a magical effect as his team were headed for their first ever Serie A against Cagliari last week. A 94th minute penalty gave them parity against Cagliari, only to concede right at the very next minute.

Lazio, well, have a certain Ciro Immobile to spearhead their attack. The Italian hotshot is in the best form of his career with 13 goals in 10 league matches.

Both teams have met just once. That was back in 2008, Lazio 5-1 winners in a Italian Cup tie.


Match Stats:

  • Benevento 1-5 Lazio
  • Shots: 15-10
  • Possession: 47%-53%
  • Corner kicks: 2-6

 It took just four minutes to break the deadlock, as Ciro Immobile knocked back a Luis Alberto corner from the back post for Bastos to get the final touch practically on the line. It was the defender's third goal of the season, his second in as many games.

The second was only a matter of time, as Immobile ran on to a through ball and placed the right-foot angled drive across Alberto Brignoli into the far bottom corner. This took his campaign tally up to 14 in Serie A, 18 in all competition in just 15 appearances.

It was one-way traffic, as Luis Alberto waltzed through the Benevento defence, sent Immobile down the left side of the box and he generously rolled across for unmarked Adam Marusic to tap in.

Immobile could've gone down when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli reached out for his ankle, but stayed on his feet, then the shot-stopper stuck out a hand to deny Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's strike.

Amato Ciciretti came on for the second half and within a couple of minutes had created Benevento's first real chance, but Cataldi hit a fresh-air shot from 10 yards, throwing away the opportunity, and on the rebound Gianluca Di Chiara drilled just wide.

Ciciretti tested Thomas Strakosha from distance and an Achraf Lazaar header was plucked out from under the bar, as the hosts tried to fight back and it paid off.

Strakosha flew to palm away a ferocious Ciciretti strike, then Lazaar nutmegged the goalkeeper with a daisy-cutter for 3-1.

It was almost 3-2, as Ciciretti's free kick whipped past everyone, Pietro Iemmello just failing to make contact.

This was a replay of the second half Lazio experienced when 2-0 up against Bologna on Wednesday evening, as they ran out of gas and tried to rest on their laurels.

Ciciretti also made a huge difference, curling over the bar with his left foot, but Simone Inzaghi saw the situation and introduced Luis Nani for Senad Lulic, warning they weren't going to defend for the entire second half.

It proved a masterstroke, as Nani dribbled into the box and generously pulled back for Marco Parolo to blast home.

The entertainment continued, as Brignoli flew to fingertip away an Immobile curler, while Ciciretti's free kick scraped a coat of paint off the near post - making half the stadium think it had flown in - and on the counter forced a tough save from Strakosha.

Nani even got his debut Serie A goal, turning defenders inside out with magnificent ball control before placing a low finish into the near bottom corner. The assist was, once again, from Immobile.

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