Serie A | Lazio 4-0 Spezia: Aquile soar despite penalty miss

Lazio swept Spezia aside comfortably with Mattia Zaccagni, Alessio Romagnoli’s volley and a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic brace, despite Ciro Immobile missing an early penalty, for a third straight win.

Ciro Immobile pulled out of international duty, but recovered along with Manuel Lazzari to start, leaving only Nicolò Casale on the treatment table. Maurizio Sarri sat out a touchline ban following his red card for dissent. Spezia missed Kelvin Amian, Arkadiusz Reca, Viktor Kovalenko, Jacopo Sala and Petko Hristov.

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It was just 39 seconds in when Ethan Ampadu lunged hopelessly at Immobile for a penalty, but the Italy international smashed the spot-kick into the sky.

Spezia then threatened to take the lead, Kiwior denied only by a desperate Manuel Lazzari block after M’Bala Nzola rolled across from the right.

Lazio did break through with a well-worked goal, as Mattia Zaccagni spun away from Ampadu to sprint forward and completed a give-and-go with Felipe Anderson to score from six yards.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s header was charged down on a free kick, but it was cleared to the edge of the area where Alessio Romagnoli hit a splendid left-foot volley into the near bottom corner. It was the first Lazio goal for this lifetime fan of the club.

Milinkovic-Savic saw his header bounce off the crossbar after a corner, while a Simone Bastoni snapshot fizzed just wide.

Patric went off with a knock to the hip, but Lazio got their third when Immobile sprung the offside trap on a Luis Alberto through ball and dribbled around Dragowski, going too wide, but pulling back for Danilo Cataldi to set up Milinkovic-Savic undisturbed from 10 yards. It was the Serbian’s 50th Serie A goal.

Ivan Provedel had to make a save from point-blank range on Emmanuel Gyasi after a defensive error, while Emil Holm fired wide on the half-volley after juggling the ball off his knee and chest.

Milinkovic-Savic completed his brace in stoppages after combining with Elseid Hysaj, finishing with a delicate dink over the on-rushing goalkeeper to just break the offside trap.

Lazio 4-0 Spezia

Zaccagni 12 (L), Romagnoli 25 (L), Milinkovic-Savic 62, 91 (L)

Missed penalty: Immobile 2 (L)

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