Who was Man Of The Match? Felipe Anderson
Roma and Lazio played out a brilliant game of football that ended 3-2. In a thrilling game it was tough to chose a Man of the Match but for his brilliant cross that led to Lazio’s first goal, and his own work in front of the goal that led to Lazio’s third, Felipe Anderson is today’s Man of the Match.
It was always going to be a tough piece of affair for both teams, as both are fighting for the same goals in the league. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored the game’s opener in the 10th minute, heading the ball in the net off a cross off Felipe Anderson.
Lazio went on and doubled the lead, as former Barcelona and Chelsea attacker, Pedro found the bottom right corner after Ciro Immobile broke and passed to Pedro, who made it 2-0 inside the first 20 minutes. Roger Ibanez pulled one back for Roma after a short corner, shortly before the break.
Maurizio Sarri‘s team talk worked exactly how he would have wanted, as Felipe Anderson brought back the 2 goal advantage. Immobile with the assist again. Jose Mourinho‘s team weren’t backing down, and made it 3-2 shortly after. Nicolò Zaniolo was brought down in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Jordan Veretout scored the penalty, sending the ball into the bottom right corner, and the game was back on with the more than 20 minutes to go.
The scoreline however stayed the same until full time, and Lazio managed to hold on to the slender lead. This was Roma’s second consecutive loss after their winning start to the season. They were defeated by Verona in the last round of Serie A, and Jose’s Mourinho have lost two in a row, spoiling the early celebratory mood around the streets of Rome.
Roma now find themselves 4 points behind leaders Milan in 4th place, with 12 points, having played 6 games. Lazio are now a point behind Roma.
Let’s check out Anderson’s MOTM worthy stats:
Minutes played: 90
Pass accuracy %: 77
Goal contribution: 2
Shots (on target): 1
Key Passes: 2
Roma may have lost the game, but fair play to Nicolò Zaniolo who was central to all Roma attacks. It was him being brought down, that got Roma back in the game at 3-1, and was also the one with the most attempts for Roma. Let’s check his stats for the game.
Minutes played: 77
Pass accuracy %: 83
Goal contribution: 1
Shots (on target): 1
Key Passes: 3
Aerial duels won: 3