Juventus 1 Lazio 2: Immobile condemns champion to rare home defeat

Juventus lost at home in Serie A for the first time in over two years as Ciro Immobile scored twice in a 2-1 Lazio success.

Ciro Immobile (left) left Juventus nursing its first home defeat since August 2015.   -  Getty Images

Ciro Immobile struck twice and Paulo Dybala missed a penalty for the second Serie A game in succession as Lazio won 2-1 to hand Juventus a first home league defeat in 42 games. Dybala's spot-kick woe came deep in stoppage time after referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni had used the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to rightly award Juve the chance to claim a point following a reckless challenge from Patric on Federico Bernardeschi.

But Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha dived low to his right to push Dybala's effort away before the final whistle went to condemn the Bianconeri to a first home defeat in Serie A since August 2015.

Juve's dominance at the Allianz Stadium has been one of the cornerstones of its six successive Serie A titles, but a growing sense that its Scudetto monopoly could be under serious threat will only increase after this eye-catching result.

The host had won its last six league meetings with Lazio to nil, and was on a revenge mission after its stunning stoppage-time defeat to Simone Inzaghi's side in the Supercoppa Italiana. Douglas Costa opened his Juventus account, while Gonzalo Higuain bizarrely and inadvertently hit the bar from a yard out as Massimiliano Allegri's men dominated the opening half.

Quick goals

But Lazio had designs on upsetting the champion once again and former Juve youngster Immobile struck twice inside seven minutes after the break to turn the game on its head and put the visitor on course for its first league win over Juve in 14 years.

Both goals came as a result of creaking defensive play between Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli and, having spurned a two-goal lead against Atalanta last time out - a game in which Dybala was foiled from 12 yards to snatch a win - questions may be asked of Allegri as Napoli's spectacular start to the season ramps up the pressure.

Allegri had opted to bench Dybala, despite the Bianconeri star failing to play a minute for Argentina during the international break, with Costa and Mario Mandzukic flanking Higuain in attack. With five Lazio players strung in front of a back three, chances were at a premium for the host, but it converted its first clear-cut opportunity.

Immobile the hero

Sami Khedira's snapshot drew a fine save from Strakosha, only for Costa to snaffle the rebound - the goal upheld by VAR after replays showed Bastos had played him onside on the far side. Strakosha denied Khedira more decisively with 10 minutes to play in the opening half, palming the German's blistering 30-yarder around the post. The Allianz Stadium was collectively astonished when the score remained at 1-0 soon after when Higuain charged down Strakosha's clearance from no more than a yard out, only to see the ball incredibly rebound clear off the crossbar.

Lazio reached the interval having shown little sign of breaking its drought against the champion, but it pulled level just two minutes into the second half, Immobile curling beyond Buffon after he pulled away from Barzagli to latch onto Luis Alberto's pass. Strakosha denied Higuain one-on-one as the striker's luckless game continued and Lazio stunned the home crowd soon after, Immobile again splitting the defence and rounding Gianluigi Buffon, who could only trip the striker. Immobile picked himself up to send Buffon the wrong way and put the rarest of wins in the minds of Lazio fans.

The result: Juventus 1 (Costa 23) lost to Lazio 2 (Immobile 47, 54)

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