Lazio rendered a service to Napoli, the leaders, by defeating its most prominent opponents, its guest Milan, 4-0, on Tuesday, at the end of the nineteenth stage of the Italian Football League.
Lazio, who strengthened its chances of a European seat in the Champions League competition, advanced to third place with 37 points, with a goal difference from Inter IV, who lost 1-0 to Empoli on Monday. The capital club was one point behind Milan II, which in turn is now 12 points behind leaders Napoli.
Napoli dreams of a third title in its history after two, led by the late Argentine legend Diego Armando Maradona, who named the stadium after his death in 2020, after leading him to his only titles in 1987 and 1990.
Milan, the defending champion, is going through a bad period, as it did not win its last five matches in various competitions, so it lost the Italian Super Cup final against its rivals Inter in Riyadh on Wednesday, and before that it came out of the cup final price by losing to Turin 0-1 at the beginning of this year, while it fell. In a draw against Roma and Lecce with the same result 2-2 in the previous two stages in the “Serie A”, before losing to Lazio.
Unlike the “Rossoneri”, Lazio, who lacks the services of its injured star Ciro Immobile, who has 7 goals until next month, has been shining in the recent period, as he did not taste the loss in his last four matches, so he tied with Empoli 2-2 and beat Sassuolo 2-0 in the league, before losing Bologna is eliminated from the cup final price by defeating it with a clean goal, then Milan.
The “Rossoneri” team did not succeed in winning the home and away matches in the league last season over Lazio 2-0 and 2-1, to suffer its third loss this season.
Despite the absence of Immobile, the capital club relied on Mattia Zakanyi, who was on time, scored a goal and raised his score to 8, while Milan relied on the best scorers in its ranks, Portuguese Rafael Leao (8) and French veteran Olivier Giroud (5).
4 minutes after the whistle, Lazio opened the scoring after a ground pass from Zakanii inside the area, Spaniard Luis Alberto let it pass between his feet, to be followed by Sergey Milinkovic-Savic with his left foot under the left post.
Lazio doubled the score after a shot by Montenegrin Adam Marocic, which was blocked by Romanian goalkeeper Anton Tatarusano, hit the left post and returned to Zakani, who followed it into the net (38), in his eighth goal of the season.
Coach Mauricio Sarri’s men continued their offensive show in the second half, scoring their third goal after a mistake by the young French defender Pierre Kalulu on the Spaniard Pedro inside the area, the latter’s citizen Alberto rushed to her and hit it in the middle of the goal (67), before the latter turned into a passer for the fourth goal with a ball. To the Brazilian Felipe Anderson inside the area, he followed it up powerfully into the net (75), in his sixth goal in the league this season.