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  22/10/2011: Primavera: Lazio - Reggina 1-1 (1-0)
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LAZIO (4-3-3): Scarfagna; Cavanda, Crescenzi, Stendardo, Braga; Onazi, Zampa, Salustri; Barreto, Rozzi, Ceccarelli.

The promising Lazio primavera team today welcomed Reggina at Formello. Ahead of the match both teams were sitting top of the table with 4 wins and 1 draw in the first 5 matches.

Coach Bollini decided to start with his usual 4-3-3 formation with Barreto and Ceccarelli supporting Rozzi up front. The talented nigerian Onazi, finally back from injury started in the midfield. The most surprising selection was to see Guglielmo Stendardo partner captain Crescenzi in the central defence.

Lazio started out dominating possesion with attacking play. After only 5 minutes the start in the team Tommaso Ceccarelli set up Rozzi on the left side but he was unable to finish. The right back Luis Cavanda who has played alot for the primavera side this season was a constant threat on the right side with his bombarding runs.

In the 19th minute Lazio got a free kick from 27 yards. Ceccarelli curled it over the wall with his left foot to the left corner but goalkeeper Leone made a terrific save.

After 22 minutes Ceccarelli again showed his qualities. He broke free on the right side, passed the ball to striker Rozzi but made a powerfull shoot in the left corner of the goal and made it 1-0 to the home side.

After 36 minutes the attacking trio again showed great team work. First Barreto and Ceccarelli got past 4 defenders before finally Rozzi got the ball inside the box. Unfortunately he was not able to hit the target.

When the referee blow the whistle at half time Lazio walk to the locker room with a lead, but perhaps are wondering how they only managed to score one goal. The attacking trio up front created alot of problems for Reggina. Onazi as often before controlled the midfield with strong defensive work and great vision, while Cavanda was always willing to help out in attack.

The second half continues much like the first with Lazio still passing the ball around. In the 54th minute Ceccarelli again dribbles past an opposing defender but his shot barely goes wide.

After the 60th min. Reggina pushes forward to try and get their equalizing goal. In the 81. minute Stendardo has to use illegal methods to stop a Reggina player. Reggina is rewarded a penalty while Stendardo gets a yellow card from the referee. The penalty is easily put in the middle of the goal from Bombagi. 1-1..

Right after the penalty Reggina again scare the home side with a free kick from 38 yards, but Scarfagna is just able to save it. Bollini then makes a subsitute with Emmanuel Sani replacing Barreto.

Lazio try to get the winning goal at the end. Ceccarelli is able to create two decent chances but the match end in a draw. Reggina will surely be the happier of the two sides, especially after Lazios first half. The positives to take from this is that Ceccarelli is again the best player on the field. Coach Edy Reja who was watching the game from the side lines most likely liked what he saw.

LazioLand Player Ratings:

Scarfagna: 6

Cavanda: 7
Crescenzi: 6
Stendardo: 5.5
Braga: 5.5

Onazi: 6.5
Zampa: 6
Salustri: 6

Barreto: 6.5
Rozzi: 6.5
Ceccarelli: 7.5


Emmanuel (79'): 6.5
Cilfone (68'): 6
Ilari (90'): N/A

Bollini: 6

(Eivind Ytreland)

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