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Lazio 1-0 Juventus: Talking points as Marusic strikes late for Tudor to start Lazio spell with huge victory

In what was undoubtedly the most interesting clash in the 30th round of the Serie A roller coaster, Lazio emerged victorious over Juventus, the only goal of the game being the work of Adam Marusic in the final seconds of the second-half stoppage time.

The game

The opening 45 minutes saw Lazio mostly dominating the contest and creating several chances, with Taty Castellanos narrowly missing the target on two promising occasions, and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny doing well to save a fine shot from Felipe Anderson.

On the other hand, Juventus threatened early with Gleison Bremer missing a header from close range, and Christos Mandas, who stood between the posts for Lazio instead of the injured Ivan Provedel, denying Federico Chiesa’s efforts twice.

At the break, Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri decided to leave the insufficiently fit Mattia De Sciglio and Fabio Miretti, who made no mark whatsoever in the first half, in the dressing room, and send Samuel Illing-Junior and Weston McKennie into the fray instead. The changes made a difference early in the second half as the Bianconeri grabbed control over the proceedings for a while, and threatened very seriously when Illing-Junior’s cross found Andrea Cambiaso on the far post and only an excellent reaction from Szczesny prevented McKennie from scoring from close range.

Igor Tudor, who recently replaced Maurizio Sarri as the Lazio head coach, responded to this change by making changes of his own. With just under an hour gone, Castellanos and Pedro made way for Ciro Immobile and Gustav Isaksen upfront. The home team quickly re-established their previous domination over the ball, and it was Allegri’s turn to react once more.

Timothy Weah and Kenan Yildiz replaced Cambiaso and Chiesa, but this time the changes didn’t make as much impact as at halftime. All the visitors were able to do was to try and stifle Lazio

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