After two consecutive lost games without even scoring a goal Lazio trashed Palermo at the Renzo Barbera stadium.
Both teams started the game in an aggressive way and it looked like this match might turn out to be one of Serie A’s thrillers. After the first 10 minutes the tempo went a few levels down and the game turned into a battle between two teams who want 3 points. Palermo and Lazio showed desire to win but nothing that interesting happened in front of both keepers. After the first 10-15 minutes where we saw good attacking football both teams got a bit more careful and the game turned into a tactical battle. Palermo were those who made something interesting in front of Marchetti just before the end of the first half. In the space of two minutes they had two great chances to score but Vazquez’s shot flew just by Marchetti’s left post after he made a great run past Onazi and De Vrij. One minute later Dybala saw himself face to face with Marchetti after a great pass from Barreto but his shot was saved by Lazio’s keeper. It looked like a goal won’t be scored in the first half but Lazio managed to do that out of nothing after a great run by Lulic who gave a pass to Candreva and he found Djordjevic in the keeper’s box where he couldn’t miss and scored his first Serie A goal for his new team. Minutes later Mauri had a chance to double his team’s lead but his shot wasn’t good enough.
The second half starter pretty well for Palermo as they wanted to answer to Lazio’s goal quickly and maybe look even toward a win which would have been their first in Serie A. Again the deadly trio Vazquez, Belotti and Dybala were the players that had chances to score an equalizing goal but something always wasn’t right for Palermo and they just couldn’t do that. After the first 10-15 minutes where Lazio looked comfortable to play in a counter attacking style and made a few good attacks Pioli’s men managed to take the ball a bit forward from their own box and soon after that Djordjevic had a great chance to score his second goal but his tricky back heel attempt was saved. Lazio’s game started to get better and better every minute after Palermo’s early aggressive play in the second half and Djordjevic managed to score that second goal he missed a few minutes earlier. He got a good pass from Anderson and with a great move he managed to send Palermo’s defender in the wrong direction and after that he did the same with their keeper. This looked like the moment in the matche where Palermo gave up and even though they kept on trying to score a goal and get back in the game they never managed to make something that dangerous in front of Marchetti. As the minutes passed by Lazio looked more and more comfortable and their Serbian striker managed to score his first Serie A hat trick. This was a night he will remember. His first goal was an easy tap in, his second one was a great run and an even better move but his third one looked like the icing of the cake. He managed to score from close range but from a difficult angle with a power shot just beneath Sorrentino’s hands. Lazio kept on looking for more goals and two minutes into extra time Parolo scored his second goal of the season after a cross from the substitute Ledesma.