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Sassuolo vs Lazio (0-3)
Match Date: 01-03-2015
City: Sassuolo
Stadium Città del Tricolore
Referee Russo
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Felipe Anderson led Lazio to a three-nil victory over Sassuolo yesterday afternoon in a game which the visitors dominated from start to finish. The hosts were depleted and played like a mid-table team with nothing left to play for, but Stefano Pioli will be thankful for the comfortable win with the first leg of a Coppa Italia semi around the corner.

The opening half was characterised by some great individual play from Keita Balde Diao, followed by miss-after-miss. Lazio have failed to take their chances in recent displays, but Keita was threatening to take it to a whole nevel. His first big opportunity came when Lucas Biglia managed to execute the ball over-the-top that the Spanish forward was looking for, but the finish was anything but. The unmarked Keita probably had enough time to take the ball down but his lack of confidence was telling.

The Sassuolo defence was non-existent and it took no time for Keita to latch onto another long ball. The finish was better on this occasion, but Andrea Consigli was more than a match for it. There was a tug on Keita's shirt as he moved into a shooting position and had the Spaniard been a touch less honest and went down, the referee would have had little option.

So the next time Keita found himself with company in the box, it was no surprise to see him fall down like a sack of potatoes, but the referee did not buy it and Lazio looked set to go into the break rueing the missed opportunities.

Cue Felipe Anderson. A clearance from one of Keita Bale Diao's fizzed crosses landed right at his feet and the Brazilian midfielder had just enough time to pick out the top corner. Anywhere else and Consigli would have made the save but the shot was just that good. One-nil Lazio and considering the dominant first half display, Sassuolo had it all to do in the second half.

They could take heart in the fact that Lazio tend to concede regularly immediately after the break. It has happened time-and-time again this season, and Lazio did their very best to let Sassuolo into the game gifting Simone Zaza a golden opportunity from point-blank range, but thankfully he could do nothing more than find Federico Marchetti with his effort. That moment could have shifted the momentum and turned the game in Sassuolo's favour, but it was a catalyst for a fine second-half display.

Substitute Miroslav Klose enabled fans to rest easy when he tucked away a Felipe Anderson cross with his head. It was a perfect cross, but Klose deserves plenty of credit for finding the space and... uhm... waving his arms around to attract attention to himself. It caught the Brazilian's eye and would catch the eye of 19 other defensive lines in Serie A, but not Sassuolo's. 

A fact Marco Parolo was able to take advantage of before the final whistle, latching onto a deflected shot and clipping it into the left-hand side of the net. Antonio Candreva had a chance to make it four, others had opportunities to make it five or six. Even Marchetti would've fancied his chances of getting on the scoresheet in the second half. 

Lazio's performance level was high and gives much encouragement for Napoli on Wednesday evening, but Rafa Benitez's men will be a more well-oiled machine than this lot. A great confidence-builder then, just when it was needed most.




Writer: Cathal Mullan
 
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Sassuolo VS Lazio
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45'' Felipe Anderson
70'' Miroslav Klose
77'' Marco Parolo
 
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