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Torino vs Lazio (0-2)
Match Date: 16-03-2015
City: Turin
Stadium Olimpico Torino
Referee Orsato
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A one-man show came to Turin and his name was Felipe Anderson. In a dull, scrappy, tactical battle, the Brazilian maestro could hold his head higher than the rest as he guided Lazio to a 0-2 victory in a game that seemed destined to end scoreless.

Torino rested several key individuals ahead of their Europa League second leg tie with Zenit and it showed in the opening stages as Lazio took control of the game. Torino's backline was nervous to say the least and they spent the opening 45 minutes trying to figure ways of getting the ball out of their own half. On a couple of occasions, Gaston Silva and Omar El Kaddouri combined to expose Basta's flank, but they struggled to pick out the aerial threat of Amauri. They did have the best opportunity of the half when Amauri's free header rebounded off Federico Marchetti and josef Martinez's follow-up flew wide of the post.

Lazio were not able to create good opportunities and were reliant on Marco Parolo and Danilo Cataldi getting into advanced areas as Stefano Mauri and Felipe Anderson were being keep under control. There was also a real lack of urgency, and this game was fast becoming a game where Lazio needed to grind out a result.

Torino started the second half playing with real confidence and fluidity and it caused Stefano Pioli to make drastic changes after 55 minutes of the game. Ogenyi Onazi and Keita Balde Diao came on for Danilo Cataldi and Stefano Mauri. Lazio had more pace now and they needed it, as Ventura reacted by taking off two players of his own. Torino were not going to throw in the towel, but Ventura saw an opportunity to keep a clean sheet and nick a perhaps nick a win on the counter.

It was Lazio, however, who were to win the game on the counter. Felipe Anderson was in the right place and the right time and despite having Miroslav Klose for company - and the German was well-placed to score - the Brazilian took matters upon himself and fired past Padelli in Senad Lulic's favourite minute to give Lazio a 0-1 lead. 

Seven minutes later, it was 0-2. Miroslav Klose found himself in a similar position to Felipe Anderson on the previous goal with the Brazilian occupying the German's space. Klose released the ball, Anderson kept his shot low and a wicked deflection carried it into the far post. Lazio were home...

...but not try. Too much rain for that, and Torino were afforded two decent opportunities to come away with a share of the spoils. Amauri almost cancelled out the lead immediately with another free header, but he sent it over Marchetti's bar yet again. Maxi Lopez had a similar effort a few minutes later, but it hit a Torino player and Lazio cleared their lines.

In terms of performance, this Lazio was unrecognisable from the team that defeated Fiorentina and improvement is required. Felipe Anderson made the difference tonight scoring a goal out-of-nothing. Lazio did not grind out this victory - they relied on the magic of Felipe Anderson and he duly delivered.

Sadly for Lazio, Felipe Anderson appeared to injure himself when celebrating and asked to be substituted. It will be difficult for Lazio to achieve Champions League qualification without him, but we hope it is nothing serious and that Stefano Pioli brings good news in his press conference - he keeps joking about these situations, but it is no laughing matter.

Lazio have most certainly taken a giant leap towards the Champions League with this result, but the performance level needs a leap of its own and given Felipe Anderson came off having leaped over a barrier, perhaps some of our players could leap a bit less often. Forza Lazio!


Writer: Cathal Mullan
 
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