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AS Roma vs Lazio (2-2)
Match Date: 11-01-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Orsato
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Nothing could describe the feelings of the Laziali faithful before the derby match; anticipation, excitement, nervousness, desire and pride, to name but just a few, today was finally the day. A proper showing by Lazio today would increase confidence and cement the belief amongst all within the organization and all of the fans that Lazio are a real threat to challenge for Champions League football.

Cana was doubtful but made the cut and was able to pass medical to get the start in the centre of defence with De Vrij. Radu and Basta would start on the left and right hand sides of defence respectively, with Marchetti getting the call behind the defence starting in goal. As expected, Parolo and Biglia started in midfield, Mauri would drop back from his more familiar attacking role to help out in midfield, his experience and leadership on the field is always of the utmost importance. Djordjevic starts in the centre of attack up front, Felipe Anderson and Candreva joined him on the left and right wings, Candreva’s return is also crucial today for Lazio. This is a strong line-up for the Biancocelesti, Pioli’s substitutions will need to be tactical and well thought.

Lazio started the match looking to attack, in the second minute Candreva pushed forward but his shot went wide for a goal kick, the smoked behind Roma net slowly moved its way onto the field. Caution for both Lazio and Roma set in and both sides played conservative for several minutes. The 12th minute saw Candreva have a great chance from a turnover but again his shot went wide for a goal kick, good hustle from Djordjevic to force the turnover. Felipe Anderson picked up a yellow card for a foul just outside of the Lazio box in the 16th minute, he was a bit late with his challenge, Basta gave Iturbe too much space. The shot from the ensuing corner kick from Totti was blocked and cleared away, the Lazio wall did its job.

Roma pushed forward in the 19th minute and Marchetti was able to grab the shot from Florenzi that was deflected by the Lazio defence. Just moments later, on the counter attack, De Sanctis saved Parolo’s shot from outside the Roma box. In the 25th minute it happened, pure joy, what a pass from Felipe Anderson to Mauri in front for a tap in on the volley first time, Anderson could not have timed his chip over De Rossi any better and it was 1-0 for Lazio. In the 29th minute again it was Felipe Anderson with a blast from outside the Roma box and it was 2-0 for Lazio. The Roma defence turned the ball over and Mauri had a cheeky back pass to Anderson and he blasted it home with his left foot, the chemistry between Mauri and Anderson is very noticeable, they are constantly aware of each other’s position on the field.

Cana picked up a yellow card in the 32nd minute for a tackle on Iturbe and things began to get chippy, both Mauri and Iturbe also picked up yellow cards for pushing in a scrum of players that gathered after the Cana foul. Lazio earned a corner in the 35th minute but it was headed over the Roma net for a goal kick. Cana had another hard tackle on Iturbe moments later that went out for a corner, he played the ball first but if he was a fraction of a second later that would have been his second booking and a sending off, he really makes things nerve racking and needs to be more careful. In the 42nd minute, Totti tried to spring Florenzi for the break but Marchetti came out with strength to grab the ball. The first half would finish 2-0 for Lazio who were clearly the better team up to this point in the match.

The second half began with the same pace as the first half finished, early on Candreva had a cross in that was save by De Sanctis. Roma quickly came back the other way and Totti drew one back for Roma on a cross from Strootman and it was 2-1 for Lazio in the 48rd minute of the second half, really the worst case scenario for Lazio. Marchetti picked up a yellow card for wasting time in the 51st minute after taking too long to take his goal kick. Marchetti made a great save off a long range shot from Iturbe in the 52nd minute to keep the 2-1 lead for Lazio, Roma had the momentum. A cross in from Basta in the 59th minute saw Mauri hit the post, a great opportunity missed for Lazio. Candreva had a great shot from a set piece in the 61st minute but De Sanctis saved it out for a corner kick. The worst happened in the 64th minute and Totti hit for his second of the match off a cross in from the opposite side and it was 2-2, he proceeded to take a selfie with his phone, really classless.

After the goal Pioli made two quick changes, Onazi came on for Anderson and Klose came on for Djordjevic in the 65th minute, in only twenty minutes into the second half the game had a completely different feel. In the 72nd minute Marchetti made another great save from outside of the box, this time off a Strootman shot, he did well not to leave a rebound. Moments later things went from bad to worse for Lazio as Candreva played the ball out for a De Vrij injury, he would have to come off, Cavanda would enter the match, this was Lazio’s final change for Pioli, it was now time to hang on for dear life. Lazio really looked flat after De Vrij came off the pitch, movements forward were limited and non-threatening to the Roma defence. As the match approached the 85th minute, Totti again went down and both sides looked content with a draw. Klose had a great chance for the win in the 89th minute but De Sanctis made the stop. Tense final moments in injury time but the action packed draw held true in the 141st Lazio Roma derby, all players from both sides gasped for air as the final whistle blew.

Many things are hard to accept from this match: a draw, losing a two goal lead (again), Totti constantly diving, Totti scoring twice, Totti taking a selfie, Felipe Anderson coming off the field, De Vrij coming off due to injury, Candreva not looking quite himself, Cana’s erratic challenges. I suppose a draw and a point against a world class side like Roma is an acceptable result but it is hard to understand why Lazio came out so flat in the second half. It is hard to understand why Lazio did not learn their lesson from losing a two goal lead to Inter before the break. Lazio host Napoli next weekend at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and must return to the training ground to prepare for this match. Hopefully De Vrij is not seriously injured and will be healthy in time for the next match against Napoli.


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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25'' Stefano Mauri
29'' Felipe Anderson
 
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