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Lazio vs Genoa (0-1)
Match Date: 09-02-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Gervasoni
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Tension was high tonight at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Lazio hosted Genoa. An important match for Lazio against a worthy opponent, dropping more points and slipping further adrift from Champions League football would only be seen as a disappointment. Lazio wore their vintage 1987 115th anniversary jerseys and looked ready and determined. Marchetti started in goal for Lazio, he was supported in defence by De Vrij and Cana in the middle and by Basta and Radu on the right and left sides of the back four. In the midfield, Biglia returned and was supported by both Parolo and Cataldi. Up front for Lazio, Klose started in the middle of the attack and was supported by both Mauri and Candreva on his wings. Lazio would need to do more than look the part today, Genoa would be extremely prepared, as they always seem to be against Lazio.

It only took until the 6th minute for Lazio to have their first good chance on goal, Biglia’s free kick off a Klose foul outside the Genoa box was well saved by Perin, Mauri tried to play the rebound back into the six yard box but it was cleared away by the Genoa defence. Just two minutes later and it was Perin again with a great save, this time up close from a streaking Candreva down the right hand side, Lazio looked the early aggressor. In the 13th minute Marchetti made a great save from a Genoa free kick just outside of the box, he took some time but positioned his wall properly. Mauri earned an unnecessary yellow card for a hand ball as Lazio moved the other way after the Marchetti save. Another yellow card for Lazio in the 16th minute, this time it was Cana for throwing his foot in late on the Genoa attacker.

The worst happened for Lazio in the 27th minute, Marchetti was sent off with a red card for a foul on Niang and Genoa were awarded a penalty shot. To be honest it looked like Niang was just slightly offside to begin with, I really disagree with the red card and the penalty shot, it should only be a yellow if the penalty is being awarded, it is the fairest decision, the penalty and the red really does nothing but end the game. Off came Cataldi and on came Berisha, Lazio were down 1-0 after Perotti slotted it home in the 30th minute, the task for Lazio was now daunting. As could be expected, most of the remaining time left in the first half saw Genoa with the greater share of possession and more threatening chances towards goal. Any chances that Lazio had moving forward were quickly shut down by Genoa as they had several men back to defend at all times. After the first half it was 1-0 for Genoa, Lazio were handed a red card and a penalty shot, accompanied by another four yellow cards. You could just smell this dismal refereeing performance getting worse in the second half.

Lazio started the second half with Pioli making his second change, Felipe Anderson came on for Candreva, it is nice to see him back on the field. Candreva was visually frustrated at the end of the first half after he picked up his yellow card. Lazio did not have any quit in them despite their adverse circumstances and fought hard for an equalizer, the counter attack was a major concern. Mauri broke fee off a Klose flick on and his left footed shot hit the post and went wide, this was Lazio’s greatest chance of the second half down a man. Piol’s chants earned him a sideline visit from the referee in the 75th minute, I completely agree with his convictions. Moments later Felipe Anderson attacked the Genoa box with threat but was unable to get a shot off and Genoa cleared away. A corner kick in the 79th minute for Lazio was volleyed wide by Mauri, it was a great attempt but playing the ball back across the centre of the box may have been the better play.

Keita came on for Mauri in the 80th minute and Pioli was out of substitutions and ideas. Keita immediately had an impact on the left side of the field and played several balls into the Genoa box, his speed was evident, all of his attempts were cleared by the 11 men in the Genoa box, the bus was parked. A goal in the 83rd minute for Genoa was reversed by an offside call, Lazio pushed forward and as a result created openings in the back. In complete and utter fairness to Lazio they really deserved more from this match, they were the more aggressive side in the second half with a man down, it really was unlucky. I have watched quite a bit of Serie A soccer over the years and I cannot clearly remember a game where a referee handed out 9 yellow cards, 1 red card and awarded a penalty, maybe the FIGC should watch the replay of this one. Lazio head to Fruili to take on Udinese next week, this will surely be a must win if Lazio are to realize their dream of Champions League football.


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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