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  05/11/2011: Primavera: Lazio - Gubbio 3-0 (1-0)
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Saturday afternoon the Lazio Primavera took on Gubbio home at Formello in Rome. Before the round Lazio were sitting 2nd in the table, while Gubbio were last with only 2 points. Coach Alberto Bollini fielded a strong lineup, but had to do without injured Luis Cavanda.

LAZIO (4-3-3): Mosciatti, Serpieri, Crescenzi, Sbraga, Salustri; Zampa, Onazi, Cilfone (74' De Francesco); Ceccarelli (81' Emmanuel), Rozzi (91' Tira), Barreto. (Di Piero, Cataldi, Fagioli, Vilkaitis)

Goals: Ceccarelli 7', Sbraga '58, Zampa 93'.

Before the match, Lazio were heavy favourites and they also got the best start. Already in the 7th minute the talented Tommaso Ceccarelli gave Lazio the lead. Lazio continued to dominate but at half time the score was still 1-0.

In the sidelines many first team players had decided to watch the match. Brocchi, Ledesma, Matuzalem, Makinwa and as usual Giovani Lopez and Igli Tare were attending the match. Most importantly Italy's Under-20 coach Luigi Di Biagio were also there to watch Luca Crescenzi.

The second half started much in the same way. In the 58th minute the defender Sbragia made it 2-0 for Lazio on a corner. The last goal in the match came in stoppage time. Lazio was awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute, converted by Enrico Zampa.

With this result the Primavera remains 2nd in the standing, 1 point behind rivals Roma. Next saturday Lazio will take on Pescara, again home at Formello.

After the match, the Primavera captain Luca Crescenzi announced some great news on his Facebook profile. Di Biagio must have liked what he saw, because Luca will travel with Italy's Under-20 squad in the upcoming internationals. His coach Alberto Bollini is proud to see of his players getting the call-up: "To be on the bench against Zurich, and now on the national team is an achievement for the lad who has invested alot of time. Now he needs to continue to work hard and he will be awarded."

Bollini was of course also happy about beating Gubbio: "This match was totally dominated by Lazio, especially in ball possesion. We also tried to attack, but we need to be more cinical. I have to praise our midfield, who did very well today. We did well considering we had Cavanda out injured, but I try to remember that he is managed by the first team and is only available when he is not needed there."

(Eivind Ytreland)
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