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  26/10/2015: Report: Lazio 3-0 Torino
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It was a beautiful evening in Rome for Lazio to welcome Torino as they looked for their 5th consecutive Serie A home win. Marchetti was fit to go in goal and returned to action for Lazio. He lead the defensive line of Mauricio and Gentiletti in the center and Basta and Lulic who returned to action after seeing some time off in the Europa League tie against Rosenborg. Surprisingly Biglia was fit to play and started in the midfield with Onazi and Savic. Up front, Klose picked up the start in attack and was flanked by both Anderson and Candreva on the left and right hand sides.

The first half began slow as both sides looked to assess the situation in search of an opening goal, Torino play deep and welcome the attack in order to punish you on the counter, a well-coached and tactical side, however facing injury concerns of their own. Other than a Mauricio and a Moretti booking it can’t be said that there was any action worthy of any type of entertainment early on, a real defensive battle as suspected. In fact, it took until the 36th minute for the first corner of the match to be awarded to Torino. Off the counter attack from that corner Candreva was able to put the ball in the back of the net from an Anderson cross in but he was immediately ruled offside.

What a save Marchetti made on Bruno Perez in the 38th minute, it looked to be heading for the top right hand side corner but Marchetti took no chances and tipped it away for a corner. In the 40th minute Lazio took the lead thanks to Lulic’s first of the campaign. It was a ball into the box from Basta and an unselfish header by Klose to nod it back into the path of Lulic and he made no mistake, 1-0 for Lazio. Torino looked to even things up before the first half as Quagliarella earned a corner; Lazio managed to deal with the set piece efficiently and headed for the tunnel with the 1-0 lead at half time.

The second half began with more intensity than the first, Torino earned a 48th minute corner from some scrapping defending in the box but Lazio cleared away from harm. What a chance for Lulic to add to his tally in the 51st minute, Savic headed back to him inside the Torino box but his volley was pounced into the 32nd row. Lazio continued to pressure and Candreva should have done better with his effort from outside the box in the 53rd minute, he was disappointed with his attempt. Candreva looked for a penalty call in the 56th minute but Mazzoleni did not blow his whistle; Candreva perhaps went down too easily and didn’t really have a clear cut opportunity.

Klose picked up a 60th minute yellow card for a late challenge, he had little argument. Felipe Anderson picked up his 3rd goal of the season in the 70th minute and Lazio looked well on their way, Savic flicked him on from Marchetti’s long ball forward from goal, 2-0 for Lazio. Pioli made his first substitution in the 75th minute and brought Kishna on for Candreva, he played well today and showed good movement on the field. In the 79th minute Klose made way for Matri to bring on some fresh legs up front, it was a great performance from the 37 year old veteran German striker today. Only a minute after Matri came on Anderson flicked the ball into his path but his shot on goal went wide left.

Morrison came on for Onazi in injury time, if he is smart it is enough of a gesture from Pioli to show him that he is close and needs to keep working hard in training and refraining from social media outbursts. The last shot of the game saw Anderson make it a 3-0 final with a blast from his right foot, Morrison kept the ball in play for Lulic on the left hand side and he set up Anderson in the middle, a wonderful passing sequence by all involved for Lazio. This was once again a good home performance for Lazio today; they did enough to get the job done and take home the full 3 points. Let’s hope this momentum can continue away from Rome on Wednesday in Atalanta, Lazio must find a way to bring points home on the road.

Forza Lazio!

Author: Michael Petricca
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