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Lazio vs Palermo (2-1)
Match Date: 22-02-2015
City: Rome
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Tension was high today in Rome as Lazio hosted an in form Palermo team who has been climbing the Serie A Table. The Ultras welcomed Palermo with roaring chants coming from the curva nord. Lazio would need to perform impeccably in order to take home all three points from this match, Piolo’s tactics would need to be spot on. As suspected, Marchetti started in goal after serving his one game suspension. A late announcement this week on Basta proved him unfit to go, Cavanda took his place on the right hand side of defence, his movements up the field supporting the Lazio attack are crucial, this is something Basta does well. On the left side of the defence, Rad picked up the start, he supported both De Vrij and Mauricio in the centre of defence for Lazio. Dybala would be looking to pounce today, the Lazio defence will certainly be forced to show their strength. In midfield for Lazio, Biglia and Parolo were joined today by Cataldi, who has been given another opportunity to develop from Pioli. Up front for Lazio, Klose inevitably led the way, he was supported on the wings by both Mauri and Candreva.

Early in the match it was Palermo with more of the opportunities on goal, Marchetti made a save on a Dybala volley and Lazaar’s effort went wide of the Lazio goal. Lazio looked for a penalty in the 13th minute as Parolo went down in the Palermo box, I agreed with the non–call by the official, it was really a mix up of feet, there was nothing malicious and the contact had no intent. A great chance from Candreva in the 16th minute but his volley from outside the Palermo box went wide of the net. Mauri had a great shot in from a tough angle in the 20th minute and it was saved for a corner kick. Lazio continued to pressure Palermo and Mauricio headed wide off yet another corner kick from Lazio. In the 26th minute it was Palermo out in front, Dybala pounced off a Mauricio giveaway and it was 1-0 for Palermo, Dybala’s finish with his left foot was clinical, he really is a quality player. Only a minute later it was Dybala again, this time he would sky it over the Lazio goal, Lazio appeared to be rattled from the goal. More concerning is that Palermo was playing calculated balls through, opening up the Lazio defence.

Lazio drew even in the 33rd minute, a ball in from Radu was wide but Cataldi unselfishly played it back into the Palermo box first time and it fell to Mauri for the tap in, 1-1 and Lazio began to press! This goal puts Mauri into the team lead with 8 thus far into the season. Parolo picked up a yellow card in the 36th minute for a foul on Dybala, Palermo could not capitalize off the ensuing free kick swung into the Lazio box. Candreva looked fiery today and was whipping balls into the Palermo box with pace on every opportunity, he constantly looked to break on the counter attack. Palermo had a great chance to go ahead yet again in the 41st minute but Biglia blocked Lazaar’s shot, it came back to Palermo with Marchetti stranded but De Vrij cleared it away. Again Palermo pressed and Radu awkwardly headed the ball over the Lazio net for a corner kick which Marchetti quickly grabbed. The first half ended level at 1-1, from a possession and opportunities on goal perspective, the half was relatively equal, Palermo are dangerous moving forward and have noticeable caught the Lazio defence on their heels, second half adjustments would need to be made.

The second half began with no line-up changes for Lazio. Marchetti made a great save off a left footed shot from Vasquez, and it was a Palermo corner in the 48th minute. Klose had a great opportunity from a Candreva cross in the 52nd minute but his head on goal was saved by Sorrentino and cleared away by Palermo. Yet another free kick for Palermo in the 57th minute, Marchetti’s wall did the job and Lazio cleared away. Pioli made his first change in the 60th minute and Ledesma came on for Lucas Biglia, it is nice to see Ledesma pick up some time on the field, he is world class and has nothing but the good of S.S. Lazio in his heart. Mauricio picked up a yellow card in the 63rd minute, it was an aggressive challenge. Lazio earned a corner in the 65th minute and Mauri’s header was cleared off the line by the Palermo defender protecting the near post. In the 70th minute, Mauri sprung Candreva with a cheeky flick on but Candreva blasted it wide with his left foot. It was Candreva again only a minute later, his shot on goal was saved and Klose followed up with the rebound but couldn’t get under the ball and put it over the bar. In the 74th minute Pioli made his second change, on came Keita Balde for Klose.

What an opportunity for Lazio in the 75th minute, Parolo crossed the ball in and Mauri played it back across the box but Keita could not get on the end of it, a glorious chance missed. Finally, it happened in the 78th minute, you had to see this coming, 2-1 for Lazio after Candreva broke into the Palermo box and blasted it home with his right foot, a bomb of a shot! Candreva played well all game and deserved the goal and his subsequent celebration in front of the fans in the curva nord, he was the man of the match for Lazio in my opinion. Lazio’s pressure over the past ten minutes finally paid off and you felt this was coming, Lazio wanted it more and it showed. A Barreto red card in the final moments of injury time would make the equalizer even more difficult for Palermo. Lazio played well in the second half and ultimately deserved the win and the full 3 points, the race for Champions League football is still alive. The blue side of Rome will sleep well tonight.


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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33'' Stefano Mauri
83'' Antonio Candreva
 
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