Tuesday Dec 01, 2020  
  15/11/2011: Internationals: Lulic sees red
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With another round of friendlies several Lazio players were playing for their country tonight while most of the team is back in Rome preparing for the trip to Napoli.

Hernanes: Brazil played on monday against Egypt in Doha, Quatar. After the impressive performance against Gabon, coach Menezes again decided to start Hernanes behind a lone striker. Again Hernanes had an impressive match, despite not scoring this time. In the end Brazil won 2-0 with Jonas scoring both goals. With Brazil hosting the World Cup in 2014 the midfielder will have plenty of more friendlies to prove himself before Brazil's next major tournament.

Stefan Radu: Finally back with the National Team, but was left out on thursday. Today however, he started as a centreback in the friendly against Greece. Radu saw his team mate Gabriel Torje give Romania the lead in the 17th minute, but 15 minutes later Karagounis equalized. In the 61th minute Tanase again gave Romania the lead. Romania also managed to score a third goal and will travel home knowing they managed a great result.

Miroslav Klose: Despite the reports of a 4-4-2 with Klose and Gomez upfront, Löw decided to just play Klose from the start. In the 15th minute Klose got the ball on the right side. He quickly passed it to Thomas Müller who gave Germany the lead. In the 26th minute Klose was the one to score. With a cross from Özil, he managed to beat Stekelenburg and made it 2-0 with a header. This was Klose's night and Germany managed to make it 3-0 before the match was over. After some beautifull combinations Klose assisted again, this time Özil who made it 3-0 to Germany. That was one of the last things he did as he was taken off in the 82th minute.

Lorik Cana: Cana and his team mates did not have to travel far when they played Macedonia in a friendly match in Skopje. The match however had few highlights and ended with no goals. Cana played the whole match as a central defender.

Alvaro Gonzalez: El Tata started on the bench for Uruguay in their away match against Italy in Rome. Uruguay took the lead after only 3 minutes with a goal from Fernandez. In the 71st minute Alvaro Pereira was sent off with his second yellow card. Minutes later Gonzalez was brought on to help Uruguay secure the victory, and they did and will travel home with another strong victory.

Senad Lulic: As usual he started for Bosnia, this time as a left winger. Lulic undoubtedly had the most important match of all the Lazio players with a decisive clash against Portugal in Lisboa. It started out in the worst way possible for Bosnia, as Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead with a lovely free kick in the 8th minute. After 24 minutes Nani scored an even better goal, with a long range shot. Right before half time Bosnia was awarded a penalty and made it 2-1 to give them some hope. In the 54th minute Lulic made a late tackle on a Portugal counter attack. The referee decided not to blow the whistle and Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-1. However, the ref had not forgotten about the situation and after the goal he gave Lulic a straight red card. In the end Portugal won 6-2 and Bosnia again will not participate.

(Eivind Ytreland)

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