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Lazio vs Atalanta (3-0)
Match Date: 13-12-2014
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Rocchi
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Lazio started the game with great anticipation. Radu proved well enough to go in the left side of defence and Cana started in the centre of the back line with De Vrij, Basta started at right back. Biglia resting from training was not enough to see him play today and as a result Ledesma picked up the start with Gonzalez stepping in for the suspended Parolo, Lulic started in his familiar left midfield position. Mauri, Anderson and Djordjevic rounded out the attacking positions up front. Mauri once again wore the captain’s band.

Early on in the match saw both Lazio and Atalanta take to play slowly in order to gauge their opponents strategies, Lazio held possession and looked strong moving forward. Both Lazio and Atalanta earned free kicks within the first five minutes of play that resulted in crosses into the box, both defences successfully dealt with these set pieces accordingly. Lazio were clearly committed to continuing their strategy in midfield, Ledesma played in a deeper, more defensive and service oriented role while Anderson continued moving between the right and left sides of the field.

Ledesma’s set piece into the box in the 10th minute was dealt with by Atalanta, resulting in consecutive corner kicks, both were cleared long by the Atalanta defence. At the 15th minute mark neither side had been able to obtain any real concrete chances on net. Basta was in attacking mode today and continually worked up the right side of the field to try to swing crosses into the Atalanta box. Bianchi tried from well outside the box in the 18th minute and Marchetti had it read all the way and let the ball ran out for a goal kick. Moments later, after Lazio pressed forward, Atalanta sprung back on a counter attack and another strike on net from outside the box went just wide.

Midway through the first half things got a bit chippy and Denis went in hard on De Vrij, no foul was called and Atalanta pressed forward for a corner. This particular corner was dealt with poorly by Lazio and it took much too long to eventually clear. Anderson had a try at net from outside the box in the 26th minute from another ball in from Basta. Anderson continues to look confident pressing forward towards goal, his first touch is solid and his development is great to see for all Laziali. Anderson came close again in the 30th minute with some excellent individual ball control but was stopped just outside the Atalanta box.

Lazio continued to pressure and dominated play but were unable to create a solid chance. Denis fouled Ledesma to earn a yellow card in the 36th minute and Lazio were unable to make anything from the set play into the box. Moments later, off a Radu ball into the box, both Anderson and Mauri could not make contact from up close for the easy tap in and the ball cleared through to the other side. Lazio continued to pressure and Anderson had an opportunity from just outside of the box but his shot was saved by Sportiello. Another Basta push forward resulted in a scare for Atalanta in their box, Basta was unable to find a target for the shot on net and Atalanta cleared. The first half ended scoreless, Lazio had a greater share of ball possession and looked more dangerous in attack.

The second half began with Lazio continuing to push forward and control the ball. Defensively you could see that Atalanta at most points had several men behind the ball, creativity would be of the essence for Lazio. In the 48th minute Migliaccio picked up a yellow card for an elbow to Radu’s head on a jump ball. Moments later a ball into the Atalanta box was deflected to Lulic and he sent his shot on net into outer space with his left foot. The 50th minute saw the first goal and it was Lazio going up 1-0, a brilliant cross in from Anderson was met by Mauri at the six yard box for a tap into the open net. Anderson’s cross in froze Sportiello as it moved away from him and Mauri did well to meet the ball as it came in with force. A well-deserved lead for Lazio, they did not sit back and continued to push forward.

Anderson worked well with Gonzalez in the 58th minute and started a quick one-two pass to spring him for a shot on net that was saved by Sportiello out for a corner. Anderson could have played a safe ball back into the centre of the field but chose to attack space for an opportunity on goal, this is exciting to watch. Lazio continued to push and looked dangerous, their aggression and persistence was in hope for the second goal and to seal the three points. In the 66th minute Atalanta played a ball in from the left hand side, it was covered by the Lazio defence and cleared out of danger.

Mauri was on the board again in the 72nd minute and it was 2-0 for Lazio, a beautiful shot from outside of the box with his left foot into the ride side of the net past Sportiello. Anderson was again the supplier of the ball to Mauri, his dribbling and foot work was excellent all day. Mauri came off the field immediately in the 73rd minute for Keita Balde, this was Pioli’s first change. Moments later, in the 76th minute, Klose came on for Djordjevic. Atalanta could not push forward with any real threat and Colantuono was clearly frustrated. The 81st minute saw the third goal of the match and it was Lulic heading the ball in off a Basta cross, you had to feel like Basta was going to be involved in a goal at some point with his constant runs up the field. Pioli made his final change just after the goal and Cavanda came on for Radu at left back.

This was a convincing win from Lazio and a much needed three points to add to their tally in the table. Anderson continues to be impressive and is always a threat moving forward. Ledesma was impressive in the start and should be applauded for his role in the victory today, he is a class act. Lazio must now turn their attention to the practice field and continue to train hard for their match next week to Inter Milan. The win today against Atalanta is exactly what Lazio needed to turn momentum in their direction, this was the solid performance we were all hoping for. Forza Lazio!


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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