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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten


Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Game 11, Serie A

Friday, November 3, 2023

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Stadio Dall'ara, Bologna

Bologna Lazio 1-0

Lazio dominate first half but are rarely dangerous and once down they cannot get up

Official SS Lazio photo

The team

Maurizio Sarri made just one major change compared to the last second victorious game against Fiorentina and that is Pedro for Mattia Zaccagni. Otherwise the same starting eleven of the previous match despite rumours that Alessio Romagnoli was not going to be fit to play.

First half

Lazio dominated the game right from the start but in total were dangerous only on two occasions. In the 15th minute, a splendid cross from a Luis Alberto corner found Taty Castellanos ready for the header which was too central and Lukasz Skorupski comfortably saved. Three minutes later another Luis Alberto corner hit the post, Castellanos first tried a header walled by the Bologna defence but the ball came back to the Argentinian who shot over the crossbar. That was all from Lazio. To note is a crossbar hit again by Castellanos in the 5th minute but the referee had already whistled a freekick to the Rossoblu for an alleged foul by Taty.

And Bologna? Nothing, apart from a shot wide by Joshua Zirkzee in the 44th minute.

The Biancocelesti dominated but were never dangerous.

Second half

After 24 seconds Bologna scored. Alexis Saelemaekers on the right found Zirkzee alone just outside the box, Romagnoli left his man Lewis Ferguson and pushed up in the hope that the rest of the defence would do the same to get the Scot in off side. They didn’t. Ball to Ferguson, Bologna 1 Lazio 0.

Game over. The Biancocelesti were never even remotely dangerous for the rest of the game. As often happens with the team in these circumstances, they got more and more nervous maiming the quality of their game. Luis Alberto proved to be inoffensive as did Zaccagni who substituted Pedro. Too many Bologna players in front of their box, no space, no ideas, no chances, no goals. Bologna controlled the rest of the match relatively comfortably but they too did not create any chances.

The choice of sending a Rome-based referee was not a good idea. Awful refereeing.

Who played for Bologna

Skorupski,; Posch, Beukema, Calafiori, Lykogiannis (80` Kristiansen); Freuler, Aebischer (72` Moro); Ferguson, Orsolini, Saelemaekers (80` Ndoye); Zirkzee (90`+2` Fabbian).

Substitutes: Bagnolini, Ravaglia, Bonifazi, Corazza, Lucumi, Urbanski, Van Hooijdonk, Jarlsson.

Manager: Thiago Motta.

Who played for Lazio

Provedel; Lazzari, Patric, Romagnoli, Marusic (48` Pellegrini); Guendouzi, Rovella, Luis Alberto (80` Kamada), Felipe Anderson (80` Isaksen), Castellanos (57` Immobile), Pedro (57` Zaccagni).

Substitutes: Sepe, Mandas, Gila, Hysaj, Cataldi, Vecino, Basic.

Manager: Sarri

Referee: La Penna

Goal: 46’ Ferguson

Bookings: Pedro (L), Romagnoli (L), Ferguson (B), Beukema (B), Luis Alberto (L), Zaccagni (L), Isaksen (L)


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