Lazio secured a 3-2 win against AS Roma in what turned out to be a thrilling encounter in Serie A. The Lazio strikers had a field day in the office as they looked potent from the very onset of the match. Milinkovic Savic scored the first goal from a Rui Patricio error, and Pedro doubled the lead inside 20 minutes. However, Roma brought themselves back into the contest with a late goal from Ibanez in the first half. Felipe Anderson scored the third goal for Lazio in the 61st minute to restore their 2 goal cushion, but Roma brought it down to minutes later as Verteout converted a penalty.
Lazio Player Ratings
25 Pepe Reina-8/10- The veteran goalkeeper proved to be the difference at the end between victory and a draw, denying multiple attempts from Roma in the second half.
33 Francesco Acerbi- 7/10- The Italian defender was rock solid at the back, and had a no-nonsense approach in the second half as Lazio clung onto their 1 goal lead. He won 3 aerial balls and had a 90 percent pass completion rate.
23 Elseid Hysaj-7/10- He initiated most of Lazio’s attacking play from his side and linked up perfectly with Pedro. He was decent decisively as well, making 7 perfect tackles.
3 Luiz Felipe- The defender had a dodgy match especially in the second half, as he struggled to deal with Abraham’s physical presence. He lost quite a few aerial balls causing panic at the back towards the end of the 90 minutes.
77 Adam Marusic- 6.5/10- The Montenegrin right-back did well defensively for his side and did not allow the Roma wingers to get space from his right flank. However, he could not provide much support offensively.
6 Lucas Leiva- 6/10- The defensive midfielder earned himself a yellow card early on inside the first half and looked cautious in his approach throughout which resulted in a few missed passes and lapses in concentration. He was brought off at the hour mark.
10 Luis Alberto- 7/10- The Spanish midfielder had a decent game in the middle of the park for the hosts, with his bursting runs forward to help his side counter. He was subbed off in the 65th minute.
21 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic-8/10- The midfielder was present all over the pitch, joining in attack in the first half and scored the opener for Lazio. He scored from a bullet header after Anderson picked him out with a perfect cross.
17 Ciro Immobile-8.5/10- The striker had an excellent game for Lazio,and although he did not score a goal, he turned provider for the second and the third goal. He was excellent in finding space behind the Roma defenders and himself had chances to score.
9 Pedro-8/10- The former Chelsea player scored the second goal of the match, latching onto a pass from Ciro Immobile and was a constant threat on counter-attacks.
7 Felipe Anderson-8.5/10- The Brazilian was another forward who shone for Lazio, and rightfully scored the winner in the second half, once again from an Immobile pass and picked out the far post with a perfect finish.
Danilo Cataldi- 6/10- The defensive midfielder came on for Lucas Leiva at the hour mark and had a decent impact on the game.
Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro- 7/10- He was brought in to replace Luis Alberto at the 66th minute to bring more solidity in defence for Lazio. He was crucial in stopping Roma’s counterattacks on numerous occasions.
Vedat Muriqi- NA
AS Roma Player Ratings
1 Rui Patrício- 4.5/10- The Portuguese keeper looked dodgy in his positioning and earned himself a booking in the 11th minute for a poor challenge. It caused the first goal and he never really recovered from the mistake.
3 Ibañez-7/10- The towering defender gave Roma hope to mount a comeback, scoring expertly from the corner early on in the second half. He was also solid at the back but did not get much coverage from the right back.
23 Gianluca Mancini- 5.5/10- The Italian center back was extremely poor in possession and often let Immobile slip from his marking.
5 Matías Viña- 5.5/10- The defender failed to deal with the trickery and pace of Immobile and Anderson in the first half, which created the second goal for Lazio.
2 Rick Karsdorp-5.5/10- The left midfielder did not have a good game and was subbed off early on in the second half.
77 Henrikh Mkhitaryan-6.5/10- A decent outing for the Armenian, as he looked lively on the pitch, and created few chances with his good link-up play with Abraham and Sharaawy in the second half.
4 Bryan Cristante- 7/10- The midfielder had an excellent game as he looked the best midfielder on the pitch for Mourinho’s side. He earned himself a booking at the 44th minute for cynically fouling Immobile, to stop a counterattack.
17 Jordan Verteout-8/10- Verteout scored the penalty in the second half, and also assisted the first goal, swinging in an inch-perfect cross from the corner kick.
9 Tammy Abraham- 7/10- Tammy Abraham had a decent match, and was a constant presence in the Lazio penalty box. He had three decent chances which he created with his pace but could not find the end product.
92 Stephan El Shaarawy- The winger could not offer much offensively in the time he was on the pitch and was eventually subbed off after 64 minutes.
22 Nicolò Zaniolo-8/10- An excellent performance from the youngsters as he won the penalty in the second half. He was lively as ever creating opportunities for his side with his quick feet and dribbling skills.
Zalewski- 5/10- He was brought on for the final 10 minutes and did not have much of an impact offensively, losing possession in attacks for Roma.
Shomurodov- 6.5/10- The striker looked more of a presence than El Shaarawy, whom he replaced. He did have a couple of chances to score but failed to convert either of them.
Carles Perez-6/10- Brought on for Nicolo Zaniolo in the 77th minute the winger did not find much space down the right flank to give rise to any meaningful attacks.
Smalling- 6/10- The former United defender came on for Vina in the final 10 minutes and did not have much work to do.