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Serie A 2018-19, SSC Lazio 1-2 Juventus: Five Talking Points

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
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2.14K   //    28 Jan 2019, 07:45 IST

Lazio 1-2 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo nets the winner
Lazio 1-2 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo nets the winner

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target from the spot as Juventus fought back from a goal down to beat a spirited Lazio 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Le Aquile were the better side for most of the night, and started the game like one, taking it to the reigning champions with swift interplay and high-pressing.

Some wayward finishing kept the deadlock intact by half-time, but Lazio's long-awaited goal finally came when Emre Can headed into his own net from a corner.

The Bianconeris, who looked to have conjured some degree of conviction after the break, equalised after Joao Cancelo pounced on a lax defending.

But their talismanic No.7 turned the tide around for the visitors when they won a penalty for a foul on Cancelo, and nonchalantly placed it into the top corner.

Lazio would feel undone by the result, given their dominance in the match. But football is, after all, a game of fine margins.

Let's have a look at the major talking points:


#5 Lazio pay the price for poor finishing

Lazio needed to be more clinical
Lazio needed to be more clinical

The hosts were all over Juventus in the first half, cutting them open and registering five shots on target until the half-time whistle. Yet, Lazio were goalless heading into the break.

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The fearsome attacking troika of Ciro Immobile, Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa had plenty of opportunities over the course of 90 minutes, but neither managed to get on the scoresheet.

Immobile, in particular, missed a sitter in the final minute of normal time when he blazed an effort over the bar after going one-on-one with Szczesny.

Lazio today, had done everything to carve open this stringent Juventus side. But all that was missing was the final touch to get it over the line. They 17 shots in all, six of which were on target. And the only one that they did manage, was by someone not from the team.

The Rome outfit cannot afford to blow chances like this. Especially when they have so much control over the game and the team is Juventus.

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