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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

February 25, 1951: Lazio Roma 2-1

Updated: Feb 25

Lazio put Roma into trouble


An early goal by Sentimenti III and a second by Cecconi inside the first 30 minutes were enough for Lazio to beat Roma




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The season so far


The previous season Lazio had surprisingly arrived fourth so expectations were high for the 1950-51 season. A lot of money was spent on new players such as Leoncino Unzain, Primo Sentimenti V and Stefano Malacarne, so some of the old timers such as Romano Penzo and Leandro Remondini had to go.


The season so far had been positive, following in the footsteps of the previous one. Lazio had won the derby, drawn against Inter after being down 3-0, Juventus and Milan who were a lot stronger than the Biancocelesti. There had been a few losses on the way, including a heavy one against Novara led by Silvio Piola, but overall a good performance. Lazio were fifth and not too far off 4th place.


The match: Sunday, February 25, 1951, Stadio Torino, Rome


Lazio scored on the first chance of the game in the 2nd minute. Cross from the right, Tommaso Maestrelli cleared the Roma box but in came Vittorio Sentimenti III who with a mighty whack put the ball behind Risorti. 1-0 for Lazio and quickest goal by Lazio in a derby (equalled only on April 11 2009 by Goran Pandev).


After missing a number of chances to double the score, Lazio made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Corner from the right, cross into the middle of the box and Flavio Cecconi, surrounded by Roma defenders, was able to easily head the ball into the goal. Roma timidly tried to get something organised and Giancarlo Bacci had a good chance but Lucidio Sentimenti IV saved.


In the second half, the Giallorossi woke up and started to press early. In the 57’ minute Maestrelli to Bacci, who this time scored and reduced Lazio’s advantage. The Biancocelesti fell back and Roma advanced. In the 83rd minute Renzo Merlin had a massive chance. Free kick for Roma, Sune Anderson crossed, Adriano Zecca managed to head the ball to Merlin, unmarked and with the goal unguarded, but his shot was too high. In the dying moments of the game, big skirmish in the Lazio penalty box but the ball went out.


Lazio won deservedly, Roma were in big trouble.


Who played for Lazio


Manager: Sperone


Who played for Roma


Risorti, K.Nordahl (II), Eliani, Maestrelli, Tre Re, Venturi, Merlin, Zecca, Bacci, Andersson, Sundqvist.

Manager: Serantoni.


Referee: Silvano


Goals: 2’ Sentimenti III, 33, Cecconi, 57’ Bacci


What happened next


Lazio continued the good performances of the first half of the season and had some convincing wins against Torino and Atalanta.


After winning in Milan with one game to go to the end of the season, Lazio were mathematically fourth, the same result as the previous year. Another miracle for the Biancocelsti, obviously with much more limited financial possibilities compared to Milan, Inter and Juventus. The Giallorossi went down to Serie B, the first Rome team ever to be relegated.


The fourth place allowed Lazio to participate in the Zentropa Cup, an unofficial edition of the Mitropa Cup. The latter was a tournament that initially was devised in the 1920s with two teams from Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia competing in a knock out competition. The first tournament took place in 1927. In 1929 Italian teams took the place of the Yugoslav ones. In 1934 the tournament was expanded to four teams per nation. Switzerland joined in 1936 and 1937, Romania and Yugoslavia in 1937. Austria was withdrawn following the German annexation of 1938. The tournament was interrupted in 1940 due to the Second World War.


In 1951, in the light of other tournaments that were taking place such as the Latin Cup (between clubs from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal) and the Rio Cup (between European and Latin American teams), an attempt was made to resuscitate the Mitropa Cup. The Italian teams that were competing in the other two tournaments backed out so it was up to Lazio to defend the Italian colours. The other three teams were Rapid Wien, and Admira Wien (first and second in the Austrian league and very, very strong) and Dinamo Zagreb. Lazio were crushed 5-0 against Rapid and lost 2-0 against Dinamo. Rapid beat Admira in the final.


Sentimenti IV was the one who played more games during the 1950-51 season (40) and Norberto Hofling the top goal scorer (11).


Lazio 1950-51

Competition

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Serie A

38

18

10

10

64

Zentropa Cup

2

-

-

2

-

Totale

40

18

10

12

64

Top five appearances

Player

Total

Serie A

Zentropa Cup

Puccinelli

40

38

2

Sentimenti IV

40

38

2

Alzani

38

36

2

Flamini

35

33

2

Antonazzi

33

31

2

Hofling

33

33

-

Top five goal scorers

Player

Serie A

Hofling

11

Flamini

10

Puccinelli

9

Cecconi

9

Sentimenti V

7

Arce

7


Let’s talk about Romolo Alzani


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Romolo Alzani was one of the most important players ever to have worn the Lazio jersey. Part of Lazio’s defensive backbone from the mid 1940s to the mid 1950s, he stayed with Lazio for ten years. Faithful, dedicated with a strong sense of belonging, despite his “wrong” origins. He was nicknamed “la diga” (the dam).


Alzani was born in Rome on March 6 1921. He began playing football in the youth teams of Alba, one of the clubs that later merged to become AS Roma. In 1938 he joined Rimini in Serie C and a year later he signed for Roma but only played one game. In 1941 he joined Tirrenia (later renamed Gruppo Sportivo Ala Italiana) again in Serie C and on the outbreak of World War II he played in the Roman War Championship.


He signed for Lazio in 1945 following a recommendation from Fulvio Bernardini. Along with the Sentimenti brothers (III and IV), Antonazzi, Furiassi and Malacarne he formed the Lazio defence for a decade. To score against Lazio in those years was by no means easy. He was very useful and could cover different roles. He stayed until 1955.


He played his last professional year in 1955-56 with Foligno. After he stopped playing he became a manager and joined the Italian Football Federation. He was head trainer of a number of national teams and from the end of the 1960s to 1986 he was selector of the Italian National Amateur League.


He died in Rome on October 3, 2002.


He played 269 times for Lazio, 246 in Serie A, 21 in the Centre-South Serie A-B Championship of 1945-46 and post competition, 2 in Mitropa Cup, and scored 7 goals.


Lazio Career

Season

Total appearances (goals)

Serie A

Centre- South Serie A-B Champ.

Post Centre South Serie A-B Champ.

Mitropa Cup

1945-46

17 (1)

-

17 (1)

4

-

1946-47

27 (1)

27 (1)

-

-

-

1947-48

38

38

-

-

-

1948-49

33 (2)

33 (2)

-

-

-

1949-50

33

33

-

-

-

1950-51

36 (1)

36 (1)

-

-

2

1951-52

37 (1)

37 (1)

-

-

-

1952-53

27 (1)

27 (1)

-

-

-

1953-54

13

13

-

-

-

1954-55

2

2

-

-

-

Total

263 (7)

246 (6)

17 (1)

4

2

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