Why Italy’s Lazio’s 0-0 draw at Sampdoria means Milan still need a win

Why Italy’s Lazio’s 0-0 draw at Sampdoria means Milan still need a win

This is what it comes down to: you want a win, and you want it now.

Lazio beat Sampdori 0-1 at the Estadio Olimpico on Saturday to retain their Serie A title and their Europa League spot. 

The visitors’ win is crucial as the league table remains in flux, as does the race for qualification for next season’s Champions League.

The Italians remain the favourites, but if they go through in their first leg they’ll be left on the outside looking in, especially with a home tie against Genoa.

There was plenty to be excited about, as Lazio beat their archrivals in Serie A to record their third consecutive win and secure the Scudetto for the foreseeable future. 

For the past decade, Sampdor have been the team to beat at Milan and they’ve always been a thorn in Milan’s side. 

A loss in Milan would put them four points adrift of the leaders.

Lazar Markovic and Milan’s new signings Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli provided a spark, as the Italians won in their opener but could not hold onto the lead. 

Milan started with a 4-0 lead and held on until a stoppage-time equaliser from Leonardo Bonic gave the hosts a two-goal lead.

Lacinha’s men made it 4-2 when they took advantage of a mistake by Barzagl in the 17th minute. 

As the striker was running into the box he slipped on a ball from Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was making a run down the right and had a great chance to score. 

However, the ball went to Leonardo Bonocci, who beat Milan goalkeeper Gianluca Di Marzio with a low shot from the edge of the box.

The second goal came from the spot after a good run from Andrea Baracchi in the 20th minute, but it went wide of the far post after Di Marzi tried to pull the ball away from the goalkeeper. 

After Milan’s second goal, the hosts went close again when Baracchini scored on the counter. 

In the second half, Milan went ahead, thanks to a brilliant save from Andrea Pirlo. 

That save was crucial as Milan’s Giampaolo Gabbiadini put in a superb free kick to send the hosts into a second half that was even more difficult for Milan. 

But the hosts did have their chances as they put the game out of reach, as they struck the bar in the 31st minute and Baraccho scored on a free kick in the 46th minute to complete the comeback. 

Pirlo had a good chance in the second goal when he was caught out by a tackle from Milan defender Giuseppe Rossi. 

He went down clutching his head and he was brought off the field. 

Laziano are now in a precarious position, but they’re going to have to prove they can defend at home and against Milan.

The Italians have already beaten Genoa and Milan twice in the Champions League this season.