Category Archives: Serie A

Lazio 1-2 Roma [After match]

It had to be a contended derby and so it was. Even though there were doubts and rumours about an alleged combine to draw, both teams have shown otherwise.

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Lazio had its faith in their hands – after Napoli’s defeat at Juventus’ stadium last Saturday – a victory would have secured a direct place into the Champions League group phase.

A draw or victory for Roma would have assigned a certain second place in Serie A, a desirable spot due the large income from Champions League’s qualification.

Spectacular staging in Curva Nord, where a gigantic eagle covered the entire Biancocelesti’ sector.

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“La sua virtu’ sfida da sola le tenebre”

Curva Sud without choreography due an ongoing protest against the Roma’s chairman, guilty of having insulted club’s fans.

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“Oggi nessuna coreografia per la nostra dignità, un vero presidente non insulta la sua gente”

Defensive approach for Roma, while Lazio takes control of the game from the beginning. Worthy to note, only an incredibly chance missed by Klose – whom send wide of the right post a dangerous header – and four yellow cards shown from Rizzoli. Overall Lazio played better with a majority of ball possession, while Roma focused too much to defence, leaving Totti too alone to be able to hurt Lazio’s defenders.

Second half starts slightly better, with Basta that missed the left post from a mid-range rebound.

Lulic risks a red card with a rough challenge but Rizzoli concedes only a free kick for Roma.

To be highlighted the performance of Florenzi and Iturbe, both sensational on their respective wings especially in covering phase.

Roma seemed to find a better and quality football after Totti’s substitution. Subs Ibarbo and Pjanic brought on the field speed and technique. After two goal-scoring opportunity, Ibarbo finds Iturbe which finds the net with a close range. It’s 0:1. 11220873_1629763330600882_8944684907606438585_n

Pioli respond to Garcia with Djordjevic instead of Mauri, which finds the equalizer, few minutes later. Klose finds the Serbian with headed pass after a great lob into the box from Anderson. LAPR0974--473x264

When the match seems to establish its end, Yanga Mbiwa manages to transform in goal, a good free kick from Pjanic, cracking a perfect header. It’s 1:2 images

Neither of the teams dominated the match but the last 20 minutes were worthy the ticket price.

Roma can now celebrate this victory and the certain 2nd spot over city-rivals, which are now forced to avoid defeat at Napoli in order to maintain the 3rd position and gain the last Europe’s top club competition spot.

 

Juventus – Lazio [Coppa Italia’s final] [Preview]

Juventus are set to face Lazio in the final of the 2015 Coppa Italia at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Wednesday night.

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Lazio is not a stranger to competition having won the Coppa Italia recently, precisely in 2013.

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While Juventus haven’t won it since 1995, looking forward to win the 10th title, which will give the record as Coppa Italia’s holder.

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Juventus are still able to claim the treble this season, having already won Serie A in addition to being in the final of both the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, which appears to have surprised Serie A organisers, forcing last-minute changes to the domestic fixture list, causing a snowball effect.

Coppa Italia final has been anticipated by more than two weeks to Wednesday.

Lazio were due to play AS Roma on Sunday in a crucial match for both sides’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, asked for the game to be moved to Monday to give them more time to recover.

Lega Serie A agreed, despite opposition from Roma, but that upset Napoli, who are also in the race for the Champions League, and, according to Italian media, have asked for their match against Juventus on Saturday to be played at the same time as Lazio-Roma on Monday.

All this process of switching and moving games, undermines the credibility of the football system in front of public opinion, this has to be said.

Lazio, at the moment, occupy the third and final spot which qualifies for the Champions League, three points ahead of Napoli and one point off city-rivals Roma.

Even though Bianconeri have the obvious advantage when it comes to recent meetings, Lazio has the strenght to win the match by keeping the extraordinary form of recent Serie A games.

Allegri’s squad will have to play without the suspended Marchisio and “El Canterano” Morata – so far the best Juventus’ player – in addition to Asamoah and Caceres, out due their injuries.

Injuries of Cana, Biglia and Emerson will trouble Pioli’s mind.

Will certainly admire a great night of football, either sat comfortably at home in front of the TV or cheering inside the Olimpico inhaling the atmosphere of football itself.