ROME (AFP) – Brazilian Felipe Anderson was the star of the show as Lazio beat Sampdoria 3-0 in Rome on Monday.
The 21-year-old scored one and set up the other two goals as Lazio took sole possession of third place in the Serie A table, behind only champions Juventus and hated local rivals Roma.
They had started the day level on points with Napoli and Sampdoria but Anderson’s sterling performance changed all that.
Having taken his time to settle at the start of the season, the Brazilian netted twice in a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan just before the winter mid-season break.
And he carried on from where he left off in the first game of 2015.
Two blistering turns of speed at the end of the first half tipped the scales in Lazio’s favour, with Anderson first setting up Marco Parolo for the 38th-minute opener and then doubling the advantage on his own three minutes later.
Another burst down the right midway through the second period saw Anderson create the killer third for Filip Djordjevic.
“We’re developing into a good team, we’re working with serenity because we know what we’re worth. But we must keep our feet on the ground,” added Anderson.
Lazio will be hoping there is more of the same from the former Santos player on Sunday in the Rome derby.
Roma travel to Udinese on Tuesday while leaders Juventus tackle Inter Milan in Turin in the ‘derby of Italy’.