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Lazio vs Internazionale (1-2)
Match Date: 10-05-2015
City: Rome
Stadium Olimpico
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The eagle soared high tonight in Rome as Lazio welcomed Inter Milan, with a Roma loss to AC Milan the night before, the pressure was on for Lazio to deliver the full three points. Inter, still in the hunt for European football, would not lie down as they would be prepared and ready to fight until the final whistle. As suspected, Marchetti started in goal for Lazio, based on his last performance against Atalanta, he deserved the start. In the centre of defence for Lazio, Mauricio and Ciani both earned starting berths; unfortunately De Vrij is still not quite fit to return for Lazio. On the left and right hand sides of defence for Lazio, it was the usual suspects, Radu and Basta both started. Pioli would choose to field the more successful and attacking 4-2-3-1 formation, the two deep midfielders would be Parolo and Biglia, who would see his first starting birth since returning from injury. The more attacking midfielders for Lazio would be both Anderson and Candreva on the wings, centered by Mauri in the trequarista role. Klose would be fit to centre the attack for Lazio, his experience would be integral today, and hopefully his legs could play the part.

It didn’t take long for Lazio to get on the board, Anderson emerged with the ball from two Inter defenders and laid it back across the box for Candreva and it was 1-0 Lazio in the 8th minute, Lazio could not have asked for a better start. Just a few moments after Icardi skied one over the Lazio net, Parolo had a great opportunity to put Lazio up yet another but his header was cleared off the Inter goal line out for a Lazio corner. In the 23rd minute a game changing decision was made by the referee, to be honest it was an appalling red card. Palacio was offside and he played Mauricio for the card and dove hard based on minimal upper body contact. This was an extremely unfortunate decision that was not deserved for Lazio. The ensuing free kick from just outside of the box was taken by Hernanes perfectly and the ball made it by Marchetti, 1-1 in the 27th minute and Lazio were down a man.

Immediately after the Hernanes goal Pioli took off Mauri for Braafheid, you could clearly see Pioli’s tactics here, to play and hold on for the draw. Mauri was also extremely upset at the decision and was on the referee constantly, he had already picked up a yellow immediately after the Mauricio red card for dissent, and it was nice to see his fire.
As the first half progressed, there was little that Lazio could do one man down; Inter held the possession and looked dangerous moving forward. It is hard to comprehend that with so much at stake a referee would have decided the game before it could even have been played out, there is simply too much disparity in the decisions Italian referees make in Serie A and it this needs to be addressed in order to create some type of continuity within the league. At this point in the season, a referee should not be the talking point of a match; it should be the performance of a squad. With only five minutes remaining in the first half, Palacio continued to dive all over the field with minimal contact getting up and gesturing card to the referee, if anyone should have been sent off in the first half it should have been him, Palacio should be embarrassed of himself and stricken from Serie A, someone should cut the rat tail off the back of his head. Marchetti made a great save off Guarin in the 43rd minute of the first half to preserve the 1-1 tie for Lazio. Ranocchia almost ran over Anderson in injury time of the first half just outside of the Inter box, interestingly enough he didn’t even pick up a yellow card, Biglia’s shot was saved by Handanovic out for a corner. 1-1 at half time and the future did not look bright for Lazio.

The second half started with the mindset of preservation for Lazio, it would be a difficult task but preservation under adverse circumstances builds character, Lazio deserved more from the first half. After only a few minutes into the second half you could clearly see Inter’s intentions to put the game away as they pressed forward in numbers, Candreva ran his heart out once again for Lazio and you always felt like he was not yet done on the day, it is nice to see how he shines in the moments that matter the most, this shows class, commitment and desire. Despite being down a man, Lazio moved play quickly and you could see that Pioli had the group believing that they were not done. Klose had a once in a lifetime chance down a man as Candreva sprung him free on Handanovic and he made the stop, guaranteed Klose will lose sleep over that finish, he should have done better, no excuses.

Immediately after that, the game took a turn for the worse for Lazio, Marchetti fouled Icardi and was sent off for his second yellow, Lazio were now down to nine men, Klose came off immediately to make way for Berisha. Icardi took the penalty and it was saved by Berisha to preserve the 1-1 tie, albeit Lazio were now down to nine men in only the 63rd minute. Let’s be fair, the Marchetti challenge was a yellow card and a penalty shot, but ask yourself this: if the straight red to Mauricio was not awarded, Marchetti stays in the game because he would not have picked up a yellow for dissent, Icardi and Inter still earn themselves a deserved penalty, and we still have a game on our hands, is this not the way the game is supposed to be played and policed by the officials. Why? Why? Why?

Candreva was called offside on a great ball through from Parolo in the 74th minute, what ever happened to the tie goes to the runner, Candreva was level. Immediately after that, Keita came on for Candreva. Hernanes ended the game in the 84th minute when he slotted it by Berisha; he picked up both goals today for Inter to put a dagger into the heart of all Laziali. This was not a game to remember for Lazio, but the group must rebound and find a way to register a solid performance against Sampdoria next weekend.
Forza Lazio!


Writer: Michael Petricca
 
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