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Internazionale vs Lazio (4-1)
Match Date: 10-05-2014
City: Milan
Stadium Giuseppe Meazza
Referee Massa
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Inter (3-4-1-2): Handanovic; Ranocchia, Samuel, Rolando; Jonathan (Zanetti 52’), Kovacic, Kuzmanovic (Taider 74’), Nagatomo; Hernanes, Icardi, Palacio (Milito 64’)

Lazio (3-4-3): Berisha; Biava, Cana, Dias; Gonzalez (Ledesma 46’), Onazi (Candreva 68’), Biglia, Pereirinha; Anderson (Minala 82’), Klose, Keita

 

Another week, another chance for Lazio to qualify for Europe but this time everything went down the drain.

This was Lazio’s last chance to stay in the fight for a Europa League spot but the 4-1 loss from Inter meant that everything is done and dusted and Lazio will skip next season’s trips all around Europe.

The game started pretty good for Reja’s boys and just two minutes after the first whistle Biava managed to score his first goal of the season. That should’ve gave Lazio a boost to their ambitions and make them fight even harder and look for more goals so that they can keep their Europa League hopes high but nothing like that happened.

Inter took things in their own hands and took them only five minutes to tie the score after a brilliant assist from Kovacic. Palacio was the scorer. Inter had the game in control and Lazio didn’t know what to do with the ball and how to reach Handanovic’s goal.

Lazio looked like they were shocked from Inter’s quick response like the team has never played bad in defense this season. Keita looked like the only player who wanted and knew what to do in attack but the chances he created for himself and his team mates until the end of the first half were all saved from Handanovic.

Inter managed to turn the game around and scored another goal ten minutes before half time. This time it was Icardi who scored the goal but the assist was again from Kovacic and it was even better than his first one. Just three minutes later Inter finished off Lazio with a third goal. This time Kovacic didn’t take part in the attack – it was Nagatomo’s assist which found Palacio in the box who scored his second of the night.

Of course all of the goals Inter scored were dedicated to Javier Zanetti who was on the bench and was expected to take part in the game later on because this was his last game in his phenomenal career.

Lazio started off the second half in a better way and tried to get themselves back in the game  but Handanovic was once again Inter’s savior this season. Biava, Anderson, Keita, Candreva, Biglia were all helpless in front of Slovenian.

As it looked that Lazio might score another goal 10-15 minutes before the end of the game things turned around differently and Hernanes made this night one that all his ex-team mates would want to forget as quickly as possible. A great show from out of the box made Lazio’s misery even bigger.

Tonight was a great night but not because Lazio showed something good in the pitch – no, they played bad and I’d better keep my mouth shut about the game. It was a night which every football fan will remember because a Legend with a capital ‘L’ said goodbye to football and played his last game for his beloved Inter. Javier Zanetti was not only a great player, he never complained about anything, he was always a gentleman on and off the pitch. You can’t see such players nowadays. It was a sad night for every fan of Inter, for every Serie A fan, for every football fan in the world. One big player, one big person said ‘addio’ to football for ever and hanged his boots. Every young player, every football player on the planet should watch and learn from Zanetti. 


Writer: Martin Meranzov
 
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