Lazio slumped to a 3-1 residence defeat to Udinese on Sunday, days earlier than their Champions League journey to Borussia Dortmund, in a victory paved by the guests’ Argentina gamers on a day Serie A paid tribute to Diego Maradona.
Lazio’s gamers took to the pitch with particular version ‘AD10S’ jersies in honour of former Argentina and Napoli nice Maradona who died final week aged 60.
However the hosts quickly trailed after Argentine Roberto Pereyra arrange Turkish midfielder Tolgay Arslan for Udinese’s first purpose towards Lazio within the Stadio Olimpico in six years, after quarter of an hour.
Rodrigo De Paul then arrange fellow Argentine Ignacio Pussetto for the second simply earlier than the break, and supplied the help for compatriot Fernando Forestieri’s third halfway via the second half.
After his purpose, Pussetto opened his two palms broad, to symbolise the quantity 10, Maradona’s jersey quantity.
Forestieri devoted the success to Maradona after the match: “This victory is for him!”
“After the purpose I felt like crying, Diego was the best of all time,” stated Forestieri.
Lazio regarded weary after the 3-1 Champions League win over Zenit Saint Petersburg, however pulled a purpose again via a Ciro Motionless penalty after 74 minutes.
The Romans are midtable in ninth, six factors behind leaders AC Milan, who host Fiorentina on Sunday.
“It is a unhealthy defeat, we have to reset as quickly as attainable,” stated coach Simone Inzaghi, whose aspect have picked up 5 factors in 5 residence video games this season.
“We knew that the Champions League saps vitality, different groups additionally struggled this weekend, however I anticipated extra from the lads.
“All of us take accountability, me to start with.”
The north-eastern aspect achieved back-to-back wins for the primary time this season, to maneuver as much as twelfth place.
– Napoli tribute –
Maradona’s Napoli host Roma in a while Sunday with tributes deliberate for his or her legendary No 10 who led the membership to their solely league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the UEFA Cup in 1989.
Napoli will put on a jersey harking back to Argentina’s for his or her first league sport since his demise.
The launch of this new jersey had already been deliberate earlier than Maradona’s demise, Napoli stated.
“A 12 months in the past, along with Kappa, we considered designing a particular jersey that echoes Diego Maradona, his beloved Argentina and the very sturdy bond with the individuals of Naples,” Napoli stated in a press release.
“Collectively we hoped that Diego might see it, possibly put on it and share within the pleasure with us.
“The presentation of the brand new equipment had already been agreed for the ninth matchday of the championship, on the event of the SSC Napoli-Roma match.
“The Kombat that can be worn by the gamers tonight could have a good better significance than initially assumed.”