Patric and Luis Alberto rose to the occasion as Lazio plundered a hapless Sampdoria, with Maurizio Sarri’s men closing in on next season’s Europa League qualification.
Lazio made a slow start to the game at Stadio Olimpico as Morten Thorsby fired the ball over the post from a delicious opportunity in the opening half of the game. Not famous for his consistency in the midfield, Luis Alberto provided a picturesque cross into the box from a set-piece, and Patric headed the opener.
Sergej Milinković-Savić once again did justice to his proficiency with a glittering display in the first forty-five minutes of the game as Samp left the pitch at the break with a 1-0 deficit. Continuing his magnificent run on the night, Luis Alberto converted an audacious attempt after the halftime to extend the scoreline for the home side.
Ciro Immobile missed a few chances, with Fabio Quagliarella’s effort hitting the post just before the final whistle. With Sarri’s troops securing a 2-0 home victory without any controversies, here are the player ratings from the game.
Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha (7); Lazzari (7.5), Acerbi (6.5), Patric (8), Marušić (6.5); Milinković-Savić (7.5), Cataldi (6.5), Luis Alberto (9); Felipe Anderson (6.5), Zaccagni (7), Immobile (6)
Substitutes: Leiva (6), Toma Basic (N/A), Romero (N/A), Hysaj (N/A)
Sampdoria (4-5-1): Audero (6.5); Bereszyński (6), Ferrari (5.5), Colley (5), Augello (6); Rincón (6), Vieira (5), Thorsby (5.5), Candreva (6), Sabiri (6); Caputo (6)
Substitutes: Damsgaard (6), Quagliarella (6), Askildsen (N/A), Trimboli (N/A)