Watch Lazio vs Atalanta full match replay and highlight.
This is a match of Italy Serie A 2023/2024, Matchday 8.
Kick off: 13:00 UTC Sunday Oct 8, 2023
Referee: Daniele Orsato, Italy
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Lazio vs Atalanta Full Match Reports
In their quest to evade the ignominy of registering their worst eight-game commencement in 29 years, Lazio orchestrated a monumental upset at the Stadio Olimpico in a titanic clash of Serie A (SA) titans. They grinded out a resilient 3-2 victory, terminating Atalanta’s unblemished five-game unbeaten streak.
Lazio wasted no time in imposing their authority. Scarcely five minutes had elapsed when Mattia Zaccagni’s intended cross led to a corner, expertly delivered by Luis Alberto. Nicolo Casale met the delivery, albeit with a fortuitous deflection off Charles De Ketelaere that resulted in an ill-fated own goal. Yet, there was nothing serendipitous about the second goal. Atalanta’s lamentable lapse on the right flank facilitated Felipe Anderson’s escapade, as he outpaced his marker with aplomb. He found ample space to deliver a pinpoint cross, allowing Taty Castellanos to calmly nod the ball into the net at the near post.
After an abysmal opening 20 minutes, which witnessed Casale compelling a point-blank save and Matteo Guendouzi rattling the crossbar, Atalanta belatedly began to regain their composure. Following a series of fleeting threats, the Bergamo ensemble successfully halved the deficit just beyond the half-hour mark. A botched clearance paved the way for Matteo Ruggeri to send a cross from the left flank, with Éderson rising majestically to head home his first goal since his previous encounter with Lazio in May 2022 (while playing for Salernitana).
The halftime respite merely served as an intermission for Lazio, as Atalanta unleashed an explosive resurgence. De Ketelaere navigated past two challenges to venture into the area, forcing Ivan Provedel into an acrobatic one-handed save. A palpable sense of impending danger enveloped Lazio, intensifying the conviction that another goal was imminent. However, Pedro seemingly delivered the decisive blow around the hour mark, surging through on goal and calmly slotting the ball under Juan Musso. To their dismay, the offside flag intervened, preserving Atalanta’s chances.
This respite served as a lifeline that Atalanta grasped with unwavering determination, unfurling their intentions emphatically just five minutes later. They earned a corner, masterfully delivered by Teun Koopmeiners, which Sead Kolašinac headed home with gusto, marking his maiden SA goal. Determined to regain their footing, Lazio summoned a second wind, yet Atalanta’s robust defense seemed impervious. It wasn’t until the 83rd minute that the breakthrough materialized, when Adam Marušić distributed the ball to Castellanos. The latter executed a precise cross from the left, met with a sensational half-volley by Matías Vecino from near the penalty spot, securing a precious victory for I Biancocelesti.
Following Maurizio Sarri’s expulsion for dissent, Atalanta persisted until the final whistle, compelling Provedel to thwart a somewhat miscued Luis Muriel attempt during the waning moments of the added five minutes. Provedel’s save heralded Lazio’s cue to shut up shop, sealing the victory and positioning themselves one triumph away from a potential top-half placement. Furthermore, this match marked the seventh consecutive head-to-head encounter to witness identical outcomes at both halftime and full-time.
The title of Man of the Match was fittingly conferred upon Taty Castellanos of Lazio, who epitomized excellence throughout the gripping contest.