Lazio thrashes Salernitana and moves within one point of European places

Lazio thrashed Salernitana 4-1 in the opening match of the 32nd round of the Italian football league, but despite having played an extra game, they remain outside of the European places.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:10, 13 Apr 2024

Lazio showcased a commanding performance in their latest Serie A match against Salernitana, rapidly establishing a lead with two early goals that set the tone for the rest of the game.

Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, showing no signs of slowing down since his days at FC Porto, found the net early at the seventh minute, demonstrating his continuing prowess on the field. He was quickly followed by Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino, who doubled Lazio's advantage at the fourteenth minute with a sharp finish.

Despite the early setback, Salernitana, struggling at the bottom of the league, showed a brief resurgence when French forward Loum Tchaouna narrowed the gap to 2-1 only two minutes after Lazio’s second goal. However, their hope was short-lived as Felipe Anderson added his second goal of the game at the 35th minute, effectively sealing the fate of the match early on. This brace from Anderson highlighted his critical role in Lazio’s attacking strategy and his ability to change the course of the game.

The scoring was rounded off by Danish forward Gustav Isaksen, who scored late in the game at the 87th minute, ensuring a resounding 4-1 victory for Lazio. This late goal not only confirmed the win but also demonstrated the depth of Lazio's squad, with contributions coming from multiple players.

The victory was crucial for Lazio in the context of their season ambitions, as it propelled them temporarily into seventh place with 49 points. Despite this win, Lazio remains just shy of the sixth position, currently occupied by Atalanta with 50 points, which is pivotal as it offers the last spot for European competition qualification, specifically to the Europa Conference League. This sets up a tense race for the remaining matches as Lazio aims to secure European football for the next season.

At the top of the Serie A table, Inter Milan continues to dominate the league with a substantial lead of 82 points, demonstrating their consistent excellence throughout the season. AC Milan trails significantly at 68 points, still maintaining a solid second place but unable to close the gap with the leaders.

As the Italian championship heads into its final seven matchdays, the stakes remain high for teams at both ends of the table. For Lazio, each match becomes increasingly significant as they strive to climb into a European qualifying position, while the bottom teams fight for survival. The outcome of these battles will not only determine the league standings but also set the tone for the clubs' strategies in the upcoming seasons.

Updated: 11:10, 13 Apr 2024