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Lazio vs AC Milan (3-1)
Match Date: 24-01-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
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The Stadio Olimpico was full in Rome this evening for the Serie A match of the week between Lazio and AC Milan.  The 1987 season vintage jerseys were a sight to see; Lazio had great expectations today in front their Laziali faithful. As suspected, Marchetti started in net for the Biancocelesti, returning from his one match ban. De Vrij proved healthy enough and was able to start in the centre of defence with Cana, Basta and Radu held down the right and left hand sides of defence respectively. In midfield, Cataldi picked up a deserved start, he was joined by both Parolo and Biglia, who was able to start after being doubtful due to a knock picked up in training this week. In attack for Lazio, Klose picked up a well-deserved start in the centre of attack, he was supported by both Candreva and Mauri on the flanks.

A controversial no penalty call on Radu in the Milan box in the second minute stirred up some anger from both sides, the Bonaventura foul was late and he should have been booked and Lazio should have received a penalty shot. Moments later, both Radu and Alex were booked as a result of tempers flaring from the non-penalty call. Immediately after the yellow cards, Menez streaked forward in the 3rd minute after taking the ball from Basta and blasted a left foot shot home past Marchetti and it was 1-0 for AC Milan, an unlucky course of events to start the game for Lazio. In the 10th minute, Poli from AC Milan picked up a yellow card, non-calls and several yellow cards flying around early in the match, Mazzoleni’s referring looked suspect as the game seemed to be slipping from him.

In the 18th minute, Klose had a great chance off some scrappy defence from Milan but Lopez was able to clear away, Candreva’s shot off the rebound was blocked and sent wide. Neither side up to this point in the match had any semblance of possession. Klose headed a Basta cross over the net in the 20th minute, more movement forward from Lazio started to come. Klose missed another header from a cross in from Candreva in the 21st minute, this was really nice movement from Lazio, and they could smell an equalizer. Another push forward in the 24th minute by Lazio, Klose took the ball in and laid in off to Candreva, his shot was saved brilliantly by Diego Lopez. Lazio began to press forward more and held more possession as the first half progressed and the game settled down, you had to feel like they really deserved more and that a goal was soon to come. The 35th minute saw yet another booking, this time it was Biglia from Lazio. After Lazio pushed forward in the 40th minute, Milan went on a counter attack, Bonaventura’s push forward was stopped by Cataldi, and he picked up a yellow card for the foul.  The first half finished 1-0 for AC Milan, a choppy half for both sides but Lazio looked the stronger side in the last twenty minutes, a half of one mistake and several missed opportunities for Lazio.

Lazio started the second half aggressively looking for the equalizer and it came quickly from Marco Parolo. It was a brilliant cross in from Klose and an even more spectacular one time volley from Parolo to put it past Lopez for the equalizer only two minutes in. The cannons sounded in Rome and it was 1-1, the best case scenario for Lazio and really well deserved. In the 51st minute it was Lazio in the lead, it was Klose involved once again as he pounced off a defensive error from Milan to slot in by Lopez on the near side, 2-1 for Lazio! Lazio continued to push and Klose grew in confidence, his try from outside the box in the 55th minute was blasted over the bar. Around the 60th minute, Menez was sent through towards the Lazio goal and Marchetti came out to challenge. His reward was a set of cleats in the head and an open wound that would need to be bandaged, Marchetti would tough it out and return to his duties.

Pioli made his first change in the 68th minute, De Vrij came off for Mauricio, this would be his first appearance for Lazio following his arrival in Rome from Portugal, what an opportunity for the young man. Moments later, in the 73rd minute, Pioli made his second change, he sent on Djordjevic to replace Klose, what a game he had today, hats off Miro, a well-deserved standing ovation. Mauri earned a free kick from Abate in the 76th minute, he played well today, he is visibly missed when he is not on the field for Lazio. Unfortunately, Mauri headed Radu’s cross from the free kick he earned over the Milan net. It was 3-1 in the 80th minute, Candreva crossed the ball in from the right hand side, Djordjevic stumbled over the ball but Parolo was there to pounce on the rebound, the full three points looked secure for Lazio. Djordjevic had to immediately come off as he appeared to roll over his ankle when he slightly missed Candreva’s cross. Pioli was forced to make his third substitution and Keita came on for Djordjevic in the 83rd minute. Tempers flared during the seven minutes of injury time when Mexes earned a red card for grabbing Mauri’s neck, he proceeded to launch a head butt towards Mauri as he left the field, he should really receive more than a one match ban for his behaviour, he was barbaric today.

In all, Lazio deserved the result today, the game started poorly for them but they rallied as a team and followed their belief to victory. This convincing win against AC Milan keeps Lazio firmly in the hunt for Champions league football.  Both De Vrij and Djordjevic coming off the field for Lazio are concerns from this game, hopefully they will both be able to recover in time for next week’s away fixture to Cesena. A double award to both Klose and Parolo for men of the match today, with honourable mentions going to Cana in defence and Candreva, who looks to be coming back into full form. This was a crucial win for Lazio today and a much needed three point against a worthy opponent. Lazio will need to build on their confidence from this performance and try to put together another steak of multiple wins to help shoot them up the Serie A table. I liked the determination and belief of the entire team to rally together and come from behind to earn a victory, Pioli’s goal for the squad to achieve Champions League football is real.

Writer: Michael Petricca
 
  Match Summary
 
Lazio VS AC Milan
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  Match Incidents
 
Time Match Incident
47'' Marco Parolo
51'' Miroslav Klose
81'' Marco Parolo
 
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