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Lazio vs Verona (2-0)
Match Date: 22-03-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
Referee Massa
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The eagle soared in Rome this evening and the faithful Laziali were as load as could be, what an atmosphere and beautiful night to host Hellas Verona. As suspected, Marchetti started for Lazio in goal, he will be excited and confident amidst his call up from Conte to join the Azzurri this week on international duty. In defence for Lazio, De Vrij and Mauricio started in the middle and were supported on the left and right hand sides by both Radu and Basta.. In midfield for Lazio, it was both Parolo and Biglia in the deeper midfield roles, slightly in front of them was Mauri, who enjoys playing behind Klose in the centre of the attack, Mauri and Klose were flanked by Anderson and Candreva, Pioli choosing to drop Cataldi from the starting eleven and reverting to his less commonly used 4-2-3-1 formation.

Lazio started quick and they were on the board in the 5th minute with Anderson heading a great ball in from a Batsa cross, Benussi just got his finger tips on the ball but he could not change the direction enough and it went off the post and into the goal, 1-0 for Lazio, what a fantastic start! Anderson took a knock to the head in the 10th minute but was able to return to the field after some quick treatment and a once over by the Lazio medical staff. After the goal, Verona firmed up and always had nine men behind the ball, they looked determined not to allow the second goal. Biglia laid the ball off for Klose in the 15th minute and his first time shot was weak and Benussi made the save, Klose should really have done better. Lazio continued to dominate pressing forward for the elusive second goal, they had no answers other than a few crossbars to show for their efforts. Anderson and Candreva worked well switching sides, Anderson’s speed in attack is very noticeable and was hard for the Hellas defence to cope with.

The pressure continued to mount for Lazio as the ball was constantly in the Hellas end, Candreva and Klose both had decent chances but were not able to find the mark with ten minutes left in the first half. A deflected Candreva shot went wide of the Hellas goal for a Lazio corner kick in the 38th minute, the Verona defence was able to clear. Marchetti did well in the final moments of the first half and came out confidently to grad a Halfredsson cross into the six yard box. Candreva took his own free kick after he was fouled in injury time of the first half and what a shot it was. Candreva sent an absolute bomb in at Benussi and there was simply nothing he could do, it went high and with extreme pace and movement, 2-0 Lazio, a superb finish to the first half. The first half was ultimately dominated by Lazio, much of which was spent in the Verona end, Lazio had more chances and the lion share of the possession. The Lazio defence looked organized and compact, although they were not tested heavily.

The second half began much the same as the first half ended, Lazio again pressed and dominated play after the first five minutes into the half. As the half progressed the match dulled, Lazio looked less intent to attack and firmed up in defence to see the result through and bring home the full three points. Anderson had a great interception and shot on goal, but yet again it was another crossbar for Lazio, he has a gifted eye for goal. Moments later, Anderson had another shot from outside of the Hellas box but he hit it wide of the net for a goal kick. You had the feeling that Pioli would make some changes soon to give rest and opportunity where it was both needed and earned.

It was nice to see Lulic return to the field as he entered for the first time in two months to replace Mauri in the 74th minute. Keita was next, he replaced Klose to give his legs a break in the 79th minute, his speed and freshness were surely welcomed by his teammates. Pioli made his final change in the 86th minute and Perea came on for Felipe Anderson, him and Candreva were both joint men of the match in my opinion. Keita had a great opportunity saved by Benussi in the final moments, he always seems to come on and look dangerous in attack for Lazio, he is a privilege to have coming off the bench. Ultimately this was a very well-played match by Lazio, the late first half set piece goal from Candreva really changed the dynamic of the match as the second half was relatively subdued. It was nice to see Lazio be able to obtain the second goal and put the match out of reach for Verona. The defensive core looked sound today and Lazio did not have a second half let down and always remained in full control of the match. This was exactly the result needed before the international break, Lazio will look to continue their winning ways in Serie A in two weeks’ time away to Cagliari. The hunt for Champions league football is still alive for Lazio with ten matches remaining in the championship.


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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04'' Felipe Anderson
48'' Antonio Candreva
 
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