The Serie A Femminile resumed after its winter recess with Rachel Cuschieri involved in Lazio’s away fixture at Sampdoria, on Saturday afternoon.
The Malta women’s international was deployed from the start in a 4-2-3-1 shape as Lazio were looking to start the new year on a high and keep their salvation hopes alive.
However, it was Sampdoria who picked up the three points as they emerged winners 2-1 thanks to goals from Giorgia Spinelli and Sabah Segir. Lazio’s late goal scored by Chloe le Franc was a mere consolation.
Cuschieri played 74 minutes before being replaced by Lazio’s goal scorer.
Lazio remain second bottom with 3 points, nine points adrift ninth place which would help them avoid relegation to Serie B.
They return in action next weekend when they host fifth-place Inter.