Lazio’s dream of winning the scudetto is still alive. The Sky-Blues have defeated Inter Milan tonight, with 2-1, and jumped over Nerazzurri.
SMS Wins the Derby
The hero of the game was the Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, one of the most wanted players in the world. His goal in the 69th minute made it possible for Lazio to win the first game after three straight losses against Inter at home and extend their title dreams.
After one corner and chaos in the box, the ball reached Milinkovic-Savic, who elegantly took it, avoiding all the rivals players, and send it past Inter’s goalkeeper Padelli for a massive eruption of joy on the stands of Olimpico.
In those moments, Lazio made a comeback from 0-1 at the halftime, completely taking over the control of the match and knocking out the guests from Milan. We need to say, that Inzaghi’s boys looked better in all aspects of the game, and that they deserved to beat Inter. The guests didn’t have the consistency in this one, and couldn’t follow the hosts’ tempo throughout the event.
The Eagles utilized their initiative and domination in the second half, and got what they deserved. In the opening 20 minutes, hosts pressured Inter, and Milinkovic-Savic hit the bar from some 25 meters, missing a perfect chance to score. However, the Serb was by far the best player on the field, and was continually moving his team towards a win.
But, the guests from Milan reached the lead first. It was Ashley Young who scored the opener one minute before the halftime, getting the ball following a deflection that occurred after Candreva’s shot. The former Man Utd winger sent a projectile off the ground, placing the ball in Lazio’s goal, silencing a vast majority of the fans in the stands.
Lazio responded immediately. The Sky-Blues entered the second half, highly motivated, and the result came very quickly. Ciro Immobile was brought down in a dangerous situation in front of Inter’s goal. The referee didn’t wait for a second before pointing towards the penalty spot.
Immobile, one of the best strikers in Europe, was ice cold once taking the shot, beating Padelli to level the score. After that, Lazio continued to play hard, and the reward came.
Lazio Following Juventus
The Sky-Blues are now second in the standings with 56 points, one fewer than Juventus who tops the league. Simone Inzaghi’s guys have more goals scored, and fewer conceded, and they look very good at the moment. They are traveling to Geona next week to face the same team, and host Atalanta seven days after.
Following that clash, the Eagles have a tough visit to Bergamo to meet Atalanta. Their contest with Juve at Allianz Stadium is set for the 36th of April.
On the other side, Inter doesn’t have too much time to lick its wounds. Already next Thursday, Conte’s boys play in Bulgaria against Ludogorets, and await Sampdoria in the upcoming round on Sunday.