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Internazionale vs Lazio (2-2)
Match Date: 21-12-2014
City: Milan
Stadium Giuseppe Meazza
Referee Tagliavento
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Today’s match between Lazio and Inter was a battle of incredible desire for both sides, it was a task for the Biancocelesti that they must face with determination and confidence. It is fair to say that maximum points on the table was the only expected result for either team. In defence, Lazio took to the expected line up with De Vrij and Cana in the centre and Radu and Basta on the left and right sides of the back four. Parolo started back in midfield after his one game match ban along with Lulic and Ledesma, in my opinion Ledesma deserved the start over Gonzalez based on his last performance against Atalanta. Felipe Anderson, Mauri and Klose started up front in attack, given Klose’s success and experience against Inter, he was the preferred choice for Pioli over Djordjevic.

The match started quickly for Lazio with Felipe Anderson putting Lazio ahead with a great first touch off a ball in from Radu and a second touch blasted past Handanovic for the 1-0 Lazio lead in the second minute. What a start! In the sixth minute Anderson missed a chance from up close but he drilled his volley over the bar. From the goal onwards, Lazio looked the more aggressive side and pressed forward to increase their lead. De Vrij looked solid in the back with a head off the line in the 10th minute, moments later Marchetti made a great diving save on Guarin to uphold the lead.

The 18th minute saw Anderson pick up a yellow card on a late challenge on Nagatomo, in fairness to Anderson it was late but Nagatomo really made the most of it, not a yellow card in my book. A one-two between Lulic and Anderson in the 22nd minute looked promising but Lulic could not get to the end of the Anderson pass in the Inter box, Anderson’s creativity and intensity is promising. In the 24th minute Nagatomo sprung free and had a chance on goal blocked by De Vrij for a corner kick, Lazio was able to clear the ensuing corner without much threat. A break for Inter in the 29th minute, Palacio crossed the ball into the Lazio box but it was cleared away by the Lazio defence.

Moments later, Lulic picked up a yellow card for his foul on D’Ambrosio. Another shot on goal from Guarin just outside of the box in the 31st minute missed the top right corner, Marchetti had his eyes on it the whole way. Klose picked up a yellow in the 32nd minute with a late foul on Kovacic, Lazio would need to be careful. In the 37th minute it was Anderson yet again, with a beautiful run forward and a fantastic bit of individual footwork, his shot on goal with his right foot went into the bottom left corner of the Inter goal, freezing Handanovic, 2-0 Lazio! Anderson is a breath of fresh air to watch play the game, Lazio’s faith in him has clearly paid off, this is a promising sign for all Laziali. The first half finished 2-0 for Lazio, thanks to Felipe Anderson’s brilliant play.
The second half began with Inter pressing to get on the board, Lazio allowed Inter to hold slightly more possession but held firm. Inter earned a corner in the 49th minute, Lazio was able to clear. Lazio pushed forward and a D’Ambrosio foul on Klose entered him into the books with a yellow card. Off the ensuing free kick, Parolo’s shot in was deflected and easily handled by Handanovic. Another shot from outside of the Lazio penalty box by Guarin was unsuccessful as he blasted it over the bar.  The 56th minute was Lazio’s first change, Djordjevic entered for Klose. Inter had a great chance in the 59th minute, Icardi could not put the pass back from Kuzmanovic into the Lazio goal, his shot went wide for a Lazio goal kick. Minutes later, Marchetti made a great save from Kuzmanovic, he also grabbed the ball in off of the corner kick to slow the play down. At this point, Lazio were weathering the storm, Inter looked the more likely side to score.
The 64th minute saw Pioli make his second change with Onazi coming on for Lulic in midfield. De Vrij stopped a Palacio run forward after the Onazi substitution, off the corner in, Kovacic was able to draw one back for Inter, his volley was touched by Marchetti but came in with too much force, it truly was a world class volley, 2-1 for Lazio.  After the Inter goal, they continued to push forward in search of the equalizer. In the 79th minute Inter were awarded a free kick from an Onazi foul, off the ball in Palacio managed to steer the ball into the net and it was 2-2, Lazio should have done better with this set piece. Immediately after the goal, Mauri’s left foot could not find the top corner. Pioli’s final change in the 82nd minute brought Gonzalez on for Ledesma. Marchetti made the save of the match in the 82nd minute, Kovacic sent a header towards goal and Marchetti pushed it over the bar.
With a 2-0 lead heading into the dressing room for Lazio at half time, I really expected more than a draw. Build a brick wall, park a bus, park 10 of them, just protect your lead. This is exactly what Juventus and Roma are specialists at doing. A point away is not the worst thing that could have happened for Lazio today, but this is still disappointing. The bright spot of the day for Lazio has to be Felipe Anderson, it is hard to look past him for Lazio player of the year, consider this my vote! Lazio will look to get back to their winning ways in the New Year on January 5th, against Sampdoria.
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo!

Grazie per l’ascolto.

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Internazionale VS Lazio
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