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Verona vs Lazio (1-1)
Match Date: 30-10-2014
City: Verona
Stadium Marc'Antonio Bentegodi
Referee Irrati
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Lazio's first draw of the season has arrived with a 1-1 at the Bentegodi. It is a result that would have appeased many fans before the game, but the manner of the draw and missing out on the opportunity to go clear third in the Serie A table is in reality, nothing short of bitter disappointment.

Verona started the game well and controlled the opening 10 minutes of the game. Following a 6-2 defeat in Naples on Sunday evening, Andrea Mandorlini was understandably keen to keep it clean at the back and Stefano Pioli appeared to have a gameplan to exploit any cracks that may appear. Marco Parolo and Ogenyi Onazi were pressing high up the pitch while Senad Lulic and Antonio Candreva lined up a little deeper than normal.

Verona were tidy though, and as the half wore on, Lazio appeared to become more interested in dictating the game themselves. Lucas Biglia got on the ball frequently, but his probing passes often failed to find their target and with Lulic and Candreva further away from Djordjevic than normal, the Serbian cut an isolated figure. 

On the one occasion Candreva was able to get forward, Lazio took the lead. A decent delivery into the box landed straight at the feet of Vangelis Moras but his wild miskicked clearance was a gift for Senad Lulic who took his chance like it was twenty-thirteen all over again. Lazio would take a one-goal lead into the break and it should have been all uphill for Verona.

Mandorlini made a double substitution, although this seemed to be enforced by injury as much as anything else. Lazio started the second half positively and with Verona proving to be toothless, Pioli made a double substitution of his own that may have been made with one eye on Monday's fixture with Cagliari. Felipe Anderson came on for the goalscorer, while Ogenyi Onazi was sacrificed for Alvaro Gonzalez - his first appearance of the season coming in the week he turned 30.

Verona began to improve but not by much, yet it was enough to force Luis Cavanda to make a mistake. A rather innocuous ball into the penalty area had the Belgian at sixes-and-sevens and he took it upon himself to hold hands with Gomez Taleb. The Argentine forward went down and the referee was left with little choice but to hand Cavanda his second yellow and award the penalty. Luca Toni never looked like missing the penalty - he went left and Marchetti went the other way. 1-1.

Now, Lazio had it all to do. Pioli managed to tweak his team so that they retained control of the game, but there was no attacking impetus. Lazio found it impossible to create good opportunities with eleven men, never mind ten and the game petered out. Not even the late introduction of Miroslav Klose for Felipe Djordjevic could get the team going.

The winning steak is over, but Pioli will be relatively happy with the evening's work. He stated in his press conference that he felt this performance was an improvement on the win over Torino, and in a sense he is right. Lazio dictated much of the game and Verona struggled to muster up anything. Sadly, Lazio simply did not create enough chances to put Verona to bed and at this level, you don't get away with errors of Cavanda's calibre. 

Lazio will be confident of winning in front of a home crowd on Monday, but improvement will be needed to guarantee three points.


 
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