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Lazio vs Fiorentina (4-0)
Match Date: 09-03-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Tagliavento
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The pregame celebratory eagle soared for Lazio tonight in Rome, as the faithful Laiziali attending this game on Monday night welcomed an in form Fiorentina. This is arguably Lazio’s most important match of the season as Fiorentina are only one point behind Lazio in the Serie A table, both teams are firmly in the fight for the coveted third place in Italy, the final Champions League position. Marchetti would be fit enough to pick up the start for Lazio in goal. In front of him in defence for Lazio, De Vrij and Mauricio would shore up the middle, Radu and Basta rounded out the left and right hand sides of the defensive core unit for the Biancocelesti. With Parolo unavailable for Lazio in midfield due to suspension, Pioli fielded a slightly different formation, a 4-2-3-1 proved his formation of preference. Both Cataldi and Biglia would start in the deeper midfield roles in front of the defence. Candreva and Felipe Anderson would start in their more familiar wider midfield roles, with Mauri playing slightly in front of the two of them in the role he prefers, just behind Klose, leading the centre of the attack up front for Lazio.

Only five minutes in and it was Biglia with a stunning first time volley off a failed clearance attempt from Fiorentina, 1-0 for Lazio with the early and ever important lead, what a start for the Biancocelesti. In the 9th minute, Klose had an unbelievable chance and was alone in front of the Fiorentina goal but couldn’t beat Neto, he really should have put his head down and blasted it instead of opting for the chip. Again in the 12th minute, Lazio pushed forward and Neto saved what ended up being a weak shot from Anderson, Lazio really looked strong in attack up to this point in the match. Anderson again a minute later had another chance on goal, this time he hit it well, Neto was able to punch it away from harm. About twenty minutes in and Fiorentina appeared to settle down, the worst of the pressure from Lazio had come and gone but they had relinquished an early goal. In the 25th minute, Fiorentina was awarded a free kick off a Mauricio foul on Diamanti, Fernandes had a valiant attempt on goal but it went just wide, Marchetti had his eyes on it the whole way. Lazio had another great chance in the 28th minute but Basta’s shot in was cleared away by the Fiorentina defence.

Biglia almost had another first time volley goal off a Fiorentina clearance from a corner kick in the 33rd minute, it was shades of his first goal and another world class volley, Neto made an amazing save to just get his fingers on it and deflected the ball off the post. Lazio really should feel hard done by that they were not two goals up at this point in the match, they have had the lion share of possession and have had more lethal attacks pressing forward. Candreva nearly broke through from a quick one time ball forward from Basta but he was stopped by the Fiorentina defence, the game had settled down at this point and both Lazio and Fiorentina looked eager for half time. The first half ended 1-0 for Lazio, Fiorentina should feel lucky to only be down 1-0 at this point. Lazio should feel unfortunate they were unable to close out the match and pick up the second goal, more importantly; Lazio should be focusing on how to deliver as equally a dominant a performance in the second half.

Fiorentina came out quick in the second half and Salah had a chance on goal in the first minute, Lazio cleared it away, the thought of a second half collapse reared its head. Mauricio picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Ilicic just two minutes into the second half, he was quickly subbed off by Pioli in favor of Novaretti, his risk of a sending off I’m sure was in mind, a tactical substitution. After ten minutes of play in the second half, Fiorentina looked more comfortable and pushed forward with enthusiasm, Novaretti look out of sorts. A 61st minute corner for Lazio was whipped in from Candreva and Neto did well to get in front of a Novaretti volley to make the save. Moments later, Anderson attacked the Fiorentina box with pace and was brought down by Tomovic in the 64th minute, a penalty was awarded for Lazio. It was nice to see an Italian referee award the penalty shot and only penalize a player with a yellow card, the penalty and the red card is really not the right call for the game in general. Candreva stepped up and slotted it home with power to the right side of Neto, he earned a yellow card for taking his shirt off for the crowd, it was 2-0 for Lazio in the 65th minute, the full three points looked imminent

Klose ended the game for Lazio with a 75th minute head on goal off a rebound that Neto handed to him from a Candreva blast on net, 3-0 Lazio. Immediately after that Keita Balde came on for Candreva, he played well today and it was nice to see his pace getting back into full form. Klose once again added to the lead in the 85th minute, Klose grabbed his brace with a tap in on goal after some choppy defending from the Fiorentina back line, it was now a shocking 4-0 for Lazio. Ultimately, Lazio were the better team today and fully deserved the win over Fiorentina. It would have been nice to see them pick up the second goal in the first half when they completely dominated the match, as opposed to doing so courtesy of a penalty shot. Nonetheless, Lazio move level with Napoli into third place in Serie A. Lazio head to Turin next week to take on Torino in round 27 of the Serie A Campoinato; the dream of Champions League Football still alive for the Biancocelesti.

Writer: Michael Petricca
  Match Summary
Lazio VS Fiorentina
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06'' Lucas Biglia
65'' Antonio Candreva
75'' Miroslav Klose
85'' Miroslav Klose
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