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Udinese vs Lazio (0-1)
Match Date: 15-02-2015
City: Udine
Stadium Friuli
Referee Massa
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A cucchaio courtesy of Antonio Candreva doomed his former employers Udinese to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of a Lazio in a game which will surely court as much controversy as Andrea Gervasoni's efforts did last week.

It was a real Jekyll and Hyde performance from Davide Massa in a game which never got going. The first half was characterised by long deliberations before the whistle was blown, and Udinese were rattled by the referee. Antonio Di Natale - widely regarded as one of the nicest men in the game - was launching expletives in the direction of anyone wearing yellow. Every marginal offside decision went the way of the Lazio defenders, and this in a sport where the advantage is supposed to be given in favour of the attacking player.

And that was before the turning point of the game. An Antonio Candreva cross eluded everyone in the Udinese box including the onrushing Miroslav Klose who fell to the ground following the slightest of nudges from Molla Wague. There was undoubtedly contact, but if fouls are given for this degree of contact, then the whistle needs to be blown almost any time two opposing players collide. Which is ironic, as Massa appeared to adopt this approach in the second half as he couldn't get enough of his own whistle. And he kept getting his cards out, but where was the card when Wague was adjudged to have prevented Klose from having a clear goalscoring opportunity? Last time I checked, that was a red card offence.

Udinese staff will not be happy with the inconsistent officiating which made Antonio Di Natale's 407th and all-time record appearance for Udinese a nightmare he will never forget, but the Udinese fans may be more displeased with Antonio Candreva who celebrated his goal by appearing to tell the Udinese faithfulwho used to cheer his name to shut up with a rather disrespectful hand gesture. Hopefully Antonio is asked to explain that one and has a good reason on hand.

In truth, it was a game of few talking points. Antonio Candreva had an opportunity to double his lead early in the second half but Karnezis managed to poke it to Felipe Anderson, who then rifled over the bar. It was a poor display by the Brazilian that will leave many wondering if his winter exploits will remain winter exploits. Lucas Biglia also had another very poor game, and gifted a desperately poor Udinese side opportunities to get back into the game, either by bringing their attackers down or simply passing them the ball.

Ogenyi Onazi only lasted 45 minutes as he appeared destined to be given his marching orders, and Stefan Radu was far from convincing and not for the first time this season. Stefano Pioli has plenty of work to do on the training field, but a solid Etrit Berisha and a stubborn De Vrij - Mauricio partnership gives us something to build on when we welcome Palermo to the Stadio Olimpico this time next week.

Three points and mission accomplished, but Lazio were very much assisted by Davide Massa and Udinese themselves. We're back in the race, but we need to start running again. Forza Lazio!


 
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