Goalkeeping mess extends Lazio's woes

MILAN • Lazio's winless Serie A run continued after a bizarre sequence of goalkeeping mishaps allowed Sampdoria to snatch a stoppage- time equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Lazio 'keeper Federico Marchetti injured himself celebrating after Alessandro Matri put his side ahead with a late strike on Monday.

Then, his replacement Etrit Berisha gave away a free kick - which led to Sampdoria's equaliser - by recklessly charging out of his area.

Lazio, who extended their winless run to seven games, were jeered off the field once again.

Ervin Zukanovic's goal gave Sampdoria their first point in four league games since Vincenzo Montella replaced Walter Zenga as coach.

"I loved the team beyond belief tonight," Montella told Premium Sport. "I was extremely happy with the approach and the reaction to going behind. It is a draw that is worth a victory to us."

Lazio, who have dropped to 12th with 20 points from 16 games, had slightly the better of a scrappy game. They broke the deadlock in the 78th minute when Matri headed in from Stefan Radu's cross.

Marchetti was so delighted that he appeared to pull a hamstring as he celebrated and had to be substituted by Berisha.

The Albanian did not look comfortable, however, and a weak punch gave Carlos Carbonero a shooting chance which he sent over the bar.

Berisha's problems continued and, three minutes into stoppage time, he came rushing out of his penalty area, upended Luis Muriel and was booked.

Zukanovic's free kick took a deflection off Lazio forward Felipe Anderson and ended up in the net.

Lazio manager Stefano Pioli refused to blame bad luck for the disappointing result.

"We dominated the game and to suffer a free kick and then a goal hurts," he said.

"We suffered from too many lapses. I worked with concentration and the attention of the players, and it's amazing how we work so well during the week and then everything becomes complicated in the game."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2015, with the headline 'Goalkeeping mess extends Lazio's woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe