Lazio demolishes Sampdoria 7-3 ahead of AC Milan vs. Roma

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 9, 2017

Dzeko got his 26th and 27th goals of the Serie A season inside the opening half hour, before Mario Pasalic gave the Rossoneri a lifeline 76 minutes in, but an nearly instant reply from Stephan El Shaarawy put the game to bed.

Red-hot Lazio strengthened their grip on a Europa League place by thrashing 10-man Sampdoria 7-3.

Senad Lulic also found the net and Immobile got his second for a tally of 22 goals before Samp's Fabio Quagliarella scored a brace, including a last-minute penalty, to complete the goalfest.

But Roma hit back immediately.

As for Milan, they're enduring some rocky form of their own, and have won just one of their last five matches.

Roma's Diego Perotti curled an effort towards the top right corner from outside the box, which looked destined to find the net, but Milan's teenage shot stopper demonstrated his unerring athleticism to push the ball onto the post.

The visitors took just eight minutes to break the deadlock.

The Egyptian easily rounded Gabriel Paletta in the area, but after being pulled back several times by the veteran defender Salah tumbled to the ground as he prepared to pull the trigger.

"It s not easy to come here and score four goals, but we had 90 ideal minutes apart from the goal that we conceded", said Dzeko.

"I'm happy with my season, I've worked hard all year and these results give me confidence".

Lazio's freescoring ways continued as it put seven past Sampdoria to take its tally to 16 goals in its past three matches and secure at least Europa League football.

But Donnarumma's display, and one save in particular, might have given the home supporters a hint of optimism to take away from a disappointing team performance.

Keita Balde scored twice for Lazio last week in a win that ruined what was Roma icon Francesco Totti s final derby as a player.

Samp reduced arrears through Karol Linetty, who tapped past Strakosha at the back post.

Earlier, midfielder Antonio Candreva missed an 87th minute penalty for Inter Milan in a 1-0 defeat at lowly Genoa, extending their winless run to seven league games.

Milan languish in sixth place on 59 points, five behind Atalanta and three ahead of city rivals Inter.

De Rossi slammed the resulting penalty into the net despite Donnarumma getting a hand to it, wrapping up the win with his second spot-kick in as many games.

Coach Stefano Pioli rejected suggestions he could resign, saying: "I haven t seen anyone else before me do it, so I won t".

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