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  • Writer's pictureDag Jenkins

December 15, 1935: Lazio Ambrosiana Inter 0-0

Lazio battle to hard earned draw


Biancocelesti get good point but not helped by distracted referee



Source SS Lazio Museum

The season so far


Lazio had finished a positive 5th the previous season, under Czech Walter Alt. The Biancocelesti beat Juventus 5-3, Ambrosiana Inter 4-2 while both derbies were draws. Top scorer was Silvio Piola with 21 league goals.


This season Alt was still manager but there had been a few changes to the squad. The main new signings were defenders Alfredo Monza (Livorno), Benedicto Zacconi (Torino), midfielders Giuseppe Baldo (Padova), Bruno Camolese (Vicenza) plus forwards Walter D'Odorico (Padova) and Umberto Visentin (Napoli).


Leaving the capital were defenders Armando Bertagni (Livorno), Armando Del Debbio (Corinthians), Enzio Enrique Serafini (Palestra Italia) plus forwards Alejandro Demaría (Corinthians), Joāo Fantoni I (Cruzeiro) and Leonizio Fantoni III (Cruzeiro). Lazio were losing scorers of 79 league goals but luckily still had Silvio Piola.


So far in Serie A Lazio had played 10 games, with 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats (including derby 0-1), so were on 9 points. A week earlier Lazio had won 2-0 away to Torino. Piola had scored 9 league goals.


Ambrosiana Inter had finished 2nd the previous season, under Hungarian manager Gyula Feldmann.


This season the Magyar had stayed on. The Nerazzurri's main new signings were defender Giovanni Vincenzi (Napoli), midfielders Giovanni Ferrari (Juventus), Valentino Sala (Genova 1893) plus forward Piero Antona (GC Vigevanesi). Leaving were defenders Luigi Allemandi (Roma) and Paolo Agosteo (Genova 1893) plus forward Francisco Frione (retiring).


So far, in Serie A, Ambrosiana Inter had won 4 (including Juventus 4-0), drawn 3 and lost 3, so on 11 points.


Ambrosiana were favourites today but the Nerazzurri had already lost three matches this season, the same number as in the whole previous one, so there was some hope for Lazio.


The match: Sunday, December 15, 1935, Stadio PNF, Rome


There had been some rain leading up to the game so the pitch was slightly heavy but now the sun was shining for the 15,000 crowd.


Lazio were still without midfielder Attilio Ferraris (IV) out injured.


The first dangerous move of the afternoon was by the Milanese in the 4th minute. After swift passing between Attilio Demaria, Giuseppe Meazza and Ferrari, the latter had a powerful shot go just over the bar.


Lazio responded immediately a minute later but Antonio Bisigato's effort shaved the post.


In the 11th minute a thundering Demaria shot forced Giacomo Blason to double fist the ball away.


In the 20th minute the visitors went even closer. Alfredo De Vincenzi set up by Meazza fired from close range but Blason parried and then Alfredo Monza anticipated Meazza on the loose ball.


Lazio had a penalty appeal in the 24th minute. Silvio Piola controlled an Umberto Visentin cross, dribbled a defender and was just about to shoot when he was pulled down. The referee ordered to play on and the home crowd were far from happy.


In the 28th minute Piola tried his luck from the long range but did not find the target.


In the 32nd minute Ambrosiana had a threatening counter attack. Roberto Porta surged forward and reached the by-line but, instead of crossing for Meazza, Ferrari and De Vincenzi queuing up in the area, he cut in and shot but wide. A huge missed opportunity.


The half ended with Lazio forward but apart from a few corners and scrambles in the area the Biancocelesti had no major chances. Halftime Lazio 0 Ambrosiana 0.


The Nerazzurri had created the more dangerous openings but Lazio were holding their own.


The second half was slower with both teams seemingly tiring due to the heavy pitch. Both sides however had chances.


In the 50th and 51st minute Piola and Felice "sfondareti" Levratto tried with solo efforts and in the 56th minute Blason dived brilliantly to block a De Vincenzi strike. The Milanese striker then hammered a shot well over the bar in the 67th minute.


The biggest chance again fell to De Vincenzi in the 73rd minute. It was Porta again who flew down the wing, got past Giuseppe Viani and crossed into the area where De Vincenzi volleyed what looked like a winner but Blason showed superb reflexes and saved.


De Vincenzi had one last chance in the 87th minute. In a crowded area he got a shot in despite Blason diving at his feet, the ball however landed on the roof of the net. It was not to be De Vincenzi's day. Final score Lazio 0 Ambrosiana 0.


A satisfactory draw for Lazio against superior opposition. If the first half had been balanced, in the second Ambrosiana could well have won it. Lazio could thank Blason in particular for a hard-earned point.


Who played for Lazio


Blason, Zacconi, Monza II, Baldo, Turchi, Viani I, Visentin III, Bisigato, Piola, Uneddu, Levratto

Manager: Alt


Who played for Ambrosiana


Degani, Vincenzi, Mascheroni, Ghidini, Faccio, Sala, Porta, Demaria I, Meazza, Ferrari, De Vincenzi

Manager: Feldmann


Referee: Ciamberlini


What happened next


Lazio finished 7th. After 27 games Alt was replaced by Hungarian József Viola and the Biancocelesti ended the season with 11 wins, 8 draws and 11 defeats. The best win was defeating Juventus 3-0 at home in February. Top scorer was Silvio Piola again with 21 goals (19 in A).


In Coppa Italia, Lazio beat Venezia 2-0, won the derby 2-1 but then lost 0-1 away to Alessandria in the quarter finals.


Ambrosiana finished 4th. The Nerazzurri won 14 (including Lazio 3-1), drew 8 and lost 8. They qualified for the following year’s Central European Cup.


In Coppa Italia defeated Brescia 4-0 but then lost 0-1 at home to Juventus in the last 16.


In the Central European Cup, they knocked out Czechs SK Zidenice 11-3 on aggregate, First Vienna 4-3 on aggregate but then lost 5-8 to AC Sparta Praha in the semi-final.


The Serie A winners were Bologna for the 3rd time while the two clubs slumping down to Serie B were Brescia and Palermo.


Lazio 1935-36

Competition

Total played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Serie A

30

11

8

11

48

Coppa Italia

3

2

-

1

4

Total

33

13

8

12

52

Top five appearances

Players

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Monza

33

30

3

Viani

32

29

3

Baldo

31

29

2

Levratto

30

27

3

Piola

29

27

2

Zacconi

29

26

3

Top five goal scorers

Players

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Piola

21

19

2

Uneddu

7

7

-

Levratto

5

4

1

Guarisi

5

5

-

Camolese

4

3

1

Let's talk about Antonio Bisigato


Source Lazio Wiki

Antonio Bisigato was born in Treviso, on July 27, 1911.


He came through the Treviso youth set up and made it into the first team squad in 1927.


Between 1927 and 1931 he played for his hometown Biancocelesti. Treviso were in the old Prima Divisione (3rd tier). They finished 6th, 10th, 6th and 4th. Bisigato played 85 league games with 41 goals.


In 1931 he moved south to Bari in Serie A. The manager was Hungarian Árpád Weisz and the "Galletti" finished 16th. Bisigato played 32 league games and was their top scorer with 14 goals.


In 1932 Bisigato joined Lazio. The manager was Austrian Jarl Stürmer and Lazio finished 10th. The Biancocelesti won a derby, beat eventual champions Juventus and Milan at home plus Ambrosiana-Inter away. Bisigato played 22 league games and scored 6 goals (Inter x2 in away win, Alessandria x2, Padova home and away).


In 1933-34 Lazio finished 10th again. They beat eventual champions Milan 4-0 at home and drew 3-3 against Roma after being 0-3 down. Bisigato only played 5 league games as he played more often for Lazio II reserves, 14 games with 9 goals.


In 1934-35 Lazio did better, under Czech Walter Alt, finishing 5th. The Biancocelesti beat eventual champions Juventus 5-3, Inter 4-2 and drew both derbies. Bisigato played 29 league games with 5 goals (Livorno, Alessandria, Pro Vercelli x2, Torino).


In 1935-36, under Alt for 27 games and then József Viola, Lazio finished 7th. The highlight was beating Juventus 3-0 at home and winning a Coppa Italia derby 2-1. Bisigato played 16 league games with 2 goals (Genova 1893, Torino) and 1 game in Coppa Italia.


In 1936 he left the capital and joined Ambrosiana- Inter. He stayed two seasons under manager Armando Castellazzi. In the first the Nerazzurri finished 7th and Bisigato played 21 league games with 3 goals. In his second Inter won the Scudetto, although Bisigato only played 2 league games.


In 1938 he joined Venezia for two seasons. In the first the Lagunari were promoted to Serie A, under Luigi Barbesino (1-23) and then Giuseppe Girani (24-34). In his second, in Serie A under Girani, the "Leoni Alati" (The Winged Lions) finished 10th. Bisigato only played a total of 12 league games on the lagoon.


In 1940 he returned home to Treviso in Serie C. He stayed three seasons, the last as player-manager. The Biancocelesti finished 4th, 5th and 2nd. Bisigato made 43 league appearances and scored 16 goals.


In 1943 he retired but stayed on in Treviso as manager until 1946. This period was obviously affected by the war but in 1945-46 Treviso finished 6th and qualified for the following year's Serie B.


Bisigato reappeared as Treviso manager in 1949 in C1 and won the league. He stayed another year in Serie B, finishing 15th. The following year Nereo Rocco arrived as manager and Bisigato became Technical Director.


Bisigato was a forward. He won a Scudetto with Ambrosiana- Inter and scored 30 career goals in Serie A.


At Lazio he stayed four seasons, playing 72 league games and scoring 13 goals. They were relatively stable years for Lazio and he was involved in some good wins, contributing with a brace in a 2-1 away victory at Inter and a goal in another away win at Torino.


Antonio Bisigato died in Treviso on March 16, 1965.


Lazio career

Season

Total appearances (goals)

Serie A

Coppa Italia

1932-33

22 (6)

22 (6)

-

1933-34

5

5

-

1934-35

29 (5)

29 (5)

-

1935-36

17 (2)

16 (2)

1

Total

73 (13)

72 (13)

1

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