27th of February 2022

Pedro screamer not enough to avoid last gap defeat (1-2)

The beautiful game showed its most cruel face at the Olimpico on Sunday evening, with an injury-time defeat against Napoli shortly after Pedro Rodríguez scored a superb screamer for SS Lazio.

Insigne broke the deadlock in minute 62’ but the Tenerife-born attacker scored the equaliser, after several attempts, breaking down keeper Ospina's wall with an outstanding shot from outside the box (88'). But the roller-coaster trip was not finished, as there was time enough to see one more goal: Fabián Ruiz scored in injury time (94’) and secured all three points for visitors (1-2), pushing up Napoli to top spot of Serie A table.

It was unrewarded hard work for Sarri’s squad, after an intense contest under an amazing atmosphere at the Olimpico. Pedro came onto the pitch on minute 65’ replacing Felipe Anderson and tried hard to close the gap. He did so. After putting Ospina under high pressure, finally got success with a top-level volley from outside the box. It was his eighth Serie A goal, and also his century on top-flight league competition: 58 (La Liga), 29 (Premier League), and 13 (Serie A).


- Match stats:

Lazio: Strakosha; Marusic, Luiz Felipe, Patric (84' Acerbi), Radu (71' Hysaj); Milinkovic, Leiva (84' Basic), Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson (65' Pedro), Immobile, Zaccagni.

Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Demme (81' Lobotka), Fabian Ruiz; Politano (81' Ounas), Zielinski (57' Elmas), Insigne (90'+6' Juan Jesus); Osimhen.

Bookings: Marco Di Bello (sez. Brindisi) amonestó a Radu (71'), Immobile (79'), Zaccagni (82'), Mario Rui (90'+3').

Goals: Insigne (62'), Pedro (88'), Fabian Ruiz (90'+4').


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