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Lazio vs Sampdoria (3-0)
Match Date: 05-01-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Calvarese
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Someone give Felipe Anderson a pen so he can write his name down on the teamsheet for the Derby della Capitale. The Brazilian maestro rewarded Stefano Pioli's confidence in him by turning in another world class display, scoring once and assisting twice as Lazio defeated Sampdoria 3-0.

Felipe Anderson got the nod over Antonio Candreva in a safe starting eleven from Stefano Pioli, the only surprise perhaps being the inclusion of a less-than-100% Lucas Biglia at the expense of Cristian Ledesma - a decision all the more perplexing given Biglia's role as a strict holding midfielder, which is maybe a position better suited to his compatriot and colleague.

Lazio had a good shape about them in the first half, but the game got off to a rather subdued start. Lazio spent much of the first half trying to pick out Filip Djordjevic and ironically, the Serbian's best opportunity of the half was created by Sampdoria when a backpass went awry and put Djordjevic through on goal, although his attempt at rounding the goalkeeper left much to be desired.

It was only when Lazio began to use him as a foil that things began to look up. Pioli's decision to switch Felipe Anderson to the left flank paid dividends when the 21 year-old broke away from the Sampdoria defence and found the onrushing Marco Parolo with a sweet pass that was met with an equally exquisite finish from the Italian's left boot.

Felipe Anderson was a constant threat throughout the first half but having made his presence felt with an assist, he soon rifled in a spectacular strike of his own to double Lazio's lead.

Sampdoria had their moments though. Stefano Okaka found himself in good positions, but could never get his shot away and a few well-timed offside traps - at least by the linesman's reckoning - kept the visitors at bay and had Lazio comfortable after 45 minutes.

Lorik Cana had to be substituted at half-time, although it is not clear whether he was hauled off due to injury or due to two scissor-kicks on opponents towards the end of the first half, one of which drew yellow and could have drawn red. In any case, Pioli was forced to reshuffle his deck bringing Cavanda on for Cana and after five minutes of the second half, an injury Lulic picked up just before the half-time whistle forced him off and gave Ogenyi Onazi an outing.

With only one joker left to play and 40 minutes to see out, it was time for Lazio to show that they learned the lesson Inter handed us at the San Siro by clinching three points. In truth, it was never in doubt. Sampdoria may have racked up an impressive 27 points so far this season, but any faint hope they had of qualifying for Europe must have gone out the window when they sold their best player Manolo Gabbiadini to Napoli yesterday. They looked every inch a team with nothing to play for.

That said, Lazio were pretty on the eye and by adding a third, they laid down the gauntlet to Roma. It was Filip Djordjevic's turn to get in on the act in the 70th minute, and he will never have to do so little work to score a goal as it was Felipe Anderson's pace and direct play that carved open the Sampdoria defence.
The visitors did put the ball in the back of the net before the final whistle, but they needed to have roughly four players offside to do so, and frankly, that summed up their evening.

A good win then before the all-important almost life-depending Derby della Capitale. A glorious opportunity for Lazio to pick up an historic win and to drag the boys of 1927 out of the Scudetto fight. As if beating Roma was not enough of an incentive.


Writer: Cathal Mullan
 
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Lazio VS Sampdoria
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Time Match Incident
38'' Marco Parolo
41'' Felipe Anderson
66'' Filip Djordjevic
 
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