Parma and Lazio met in a game where both teams were eager to end their bad form. Donadoni’s men were last with only six points and needed a win to keep their hopes of survival while Pioli’s men came to Ennio Tardini after a 3-0 Coppa Italia victory over Varese in a mid-week game.
After the announcement that soon Parma will have a new president and fresh money will come into the club it was expected that Cassano and his team mates will try and re-start their season with a win over Lazio who haven’t lost from Parma in their previous five games in Serie A.
As usual the game started good for the away side and Pioli’s men were trying to score a fast goal and make Parma’s hopes for a win go down the drain shortly after the first whistle of the match. After just three minutes Biglia had a great chance to score but his free kick wacked the cross bar. Lazio kept on searching for a goal but nothing that dangerous happened in front of Iacobucci’s goal.
After the home team managed to keep the capital side from scoring an early goal they looked towards Marchetti’s goal and had a few good chances and after a great counter attack Gobbi managed to get the ball past the #22 keeper but the goal was disallowed because of an offside which only the referee saw. Luck was on Lazio’s side also when Palladino smacked a good shot into the cross bar minutes after that.
From then on both teams couldn’t make anything that good in attack and the game was mainly a battle in midfield on the not very well looking field. Everyone was expecting the first half to end in a goalless draw but Parma weren’t thinking the same way and after a good cross from Santacroce Palladino managed to score a great header past Marchetti. Things were going towards a 1-0 lead for the home team at half time but Lazio kept on searching for an equalizer until the last second of the additional time and after a corner kick and a bit of luck Mauri tipped in a pass/shot from Biglia.
The second half started better for the home team as they were trying to finally end their bad form and win for the second time at Tardini after their 2-0 victory against Inter. Parma had the ball, made some attacks but nothing dangerous happened in front of Marchetti’s goal. The defence was doing a good job and the Italian keeper had close to zero balls to deal with during the whole second half. Lazio were also trying to win the game and end their week in a good way after starting it with a 3-0 victory in in the Italian cup against Varese.
One of the most active players on the pitch was Felipe Anderson and after scoring one of the goals against Varese he surely wanted to end the week in a good way and help his team to a much needed victory that will bring Pioli’s men close to the top 4. One of the biggest mistakes in Parma’s defence gave Djordjevic a great opportunity to look towards Iacobucci’s goal but he decided not to shoot and gave a great pass towards Anderson who was left on his own in the box and didn’t make a mistake and gave Lazio the lead.
Until the end of the game Parma kept on trying to make something good, something dangerous in attack but nothing went their way. In was one of those days when the home team didn’t know how to find a way towards Marchetti’s goal and Lazio’s defence was standing looking confident enough in the second half. Maybe that is because of the substitution which Pioli had to make in the first half after Braafheid’s injury and Cana was the man who came in and played next to De Vrij while Radu got back on the left side of the defence.
All in all the game was a big midfield battle on a really tough field to play on but the most important thing was taking all three points which Lazio managed to do. Pioli will have more work to do so that he and his men can reach a European qualification at the end of the season but this surely was a small step in the right direction.