AFP FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Lazio dealt a severe blow to the ambition of his arch-rival Rome to compete for leadership and deprived him of the title, after winning the capital’s Derby No. 153, by sweeping it 3-0 Friday in the 18th stage of the Italian League.
Lazio led in the first half with two unanswered goals, scored by Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto in the two minutes (14 and 23).
In the second half, Alberto strengthened his team’s progress and scored his second goal, the third for the team in the 67th minute, to settle the match 3-0.
And Luis Alberto became the first player to score two goals or more for Lazio in a staged match at home against Roma since Roberto Mancini in November 1998, according to “Opta” statistics, but the most important thing is that he returned “Bianchelesti” to the game entering the top spot in the first places.
Lazio raised his tally to 31 points, ahead of seventh on goal difference just behind Napoli and Atalanta.
Roma are stuck at 34 points in third place, three points behind Inter Milan.
While Milan is at the top with 40 points, until the rest of the stage matches are completed.
Lazio must confirm that he woke up in the weeks before his arduous confrontation against Bayern Munich, the defending champion in the first leg of the Champions League final on February 23 in the capital, when he faces Sassuolo in the next stage, then Atalanta on the current 31 and Inter Milan on the 14th, while remaining His focus is on the play-off matches between these difficult confrontations, whether it is against Parma Thursday in the Cup or Cagliari and Sampdoria in the League.