Lazio crush lacklustre Verona

Lazio compounded misery on bottom placed Verona with a demolition in a free scoring affair on Thursday.

  • Alessandro Matri, Stefano Mauri, Felipe Anderson, Balde Keita and Antonio Candreva score for Lazio.
  • Luca Toni and Leandro Greco score for Verona.
  • One goal scored in the first-half and six goals in the second.
  • Lazio dominate possession at home

Match summary
Lazio thrashed Verona 5-2 courtesy of goals from Alessandro Matri, Stefano Mauri, Felipe Anderson, Balde Keita and Antonio Candreva in a dominant performance at the Stadio Olympico.

Lazio opened the scoring just before half-time with a strike from Alessandro Matri inside the box. Danilo Cataldi contributed the assist in the 44th minute to ensure his side went into the interval with the psychological advantage.

Lazio attacker Felipe Anderson was the first to have a shot at goal in the third minute which saved by Verona goalkeeper Alberto Grassi.

Verona had their first sight of goal when Pawel Wszolek evaded the defence after a through ball from Leandro Greco, but he was offside.

Felipe Anderson came close to opening the scoring for Lazio but his shot was off target after receiving a pass from Senad Lulic.

The opposition replied with a strike moments later when Luca Toni took a shot from an acute angle. Toni was the most threatening player for Verona but his header on the half-hour mark flew wide of goal.

When it appeared the match would enter the break goalless, Matri converted inside the box.

Lazio picked up from where they left off in the second half when Stefano Mauri made it 2-0 after a shot from close range in the 50th minute.

In the 69th minute Felipe Anderson extended the lead with an easy tap-in.

Verona would not go down without a fight though after Leandro Greco and Luca Toni got on the score-sheet in the 72nd and 79th minute respectively.

Keita and Antonio Candreva helped Lazio pull away and ensure the demolition with goals in the 82nd and 90th minute respectively.