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Updated: Mar 2

Game 26, Serie A

Monday, February 26, 2024

Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina Lazio 2-1

 

A passive Lazio collapse against Fiorentina despite scoring first


Official SS Lazio photo

The team


Maurizio Sarri, due to the many injuries and suspensions, did not have much of a choice as far as the roster was concerned, hence in came Manuel Lazzari as right back and Nicolò Casale joined Alessio Romagnoli in defence.


First half


The Fiorentina onslaught began in the 18th minute when Lucas Beltran passed to Nico Gonzalez on the right just inside the box. The Argentinian tried a shot which beat Ivan Provedel but hit the post, Giacomo Bonaventura tried the tap in but Casale managed to knee the ball over the crossbar. Five minutes later Cristiano Biraghi took a corner, Andrea Bellotti headed the ball onto the post. Riccardo Sottil then tried a shot but Provedel parried and the Lazio defence cleared. In the 41st minute again Biraghi from a corner, this time his cross hit the front post.


In the 45th minute, Gustav Isaksen to Ciro Immobile who passed to Matteo Guendouzi on the right in a quick counter attack, ball to Luis Alberto and the Biancocelesti got the lead, completely against the run of play.



Second half


In the interval Sarri took off Adam Marusic and Isaksen and brought in Elseid Hysaj and Mattia Zaccagni.


In the 60th minute another Biraghi corner gave a chance to Luca Ranieri, his header was saved by Provedel. A minute later, Nico Gonzales for Belotti on the left in the box, low cross in the middle, Michael Kayode equalised.


Matias Vecino replaced Danilo Cataldi to try to stop the flood but the Viola continued. In the 66th minute, Artur to Beltran, ball to Belotti who tried to run past Casale. The Lazio defender managed to get a leg in front of the former Roma player and kick the ball into corner. Belotti tripped over him and for the ref it was a penalty. Nico Gonzalez took the spot kick but hit the post.


In the 69th minute Beltran tried a shot from outside the box, Provedel parried but Bonaventura was ready to tap it in and Fiorentina went ahead.


Taty Castellanos and Pedro came in for Immobile and Felipe Anderson but that was it for Lazio. Game over.


Biancocelesti completely passive and absent. Very worrying.


Who played for Fiorentina


Terracciano, Kayode, Milenkovic, Ranieri, Biraghi, Bonaventura, Arthur (90' Maxme Lopez), Gonzalez, Beltran (80' Barak), Sottil (85' Mandragora), Belotti (90' Nzola).

Substitutes: Martinelli, Vannucchi, Ikonè, Infantino, Faraoni, Duncan, Comuzzo, Parisi.

Manager: Italiano.

 

Who played for Lazio

 

Provedel, Lazzari, Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic (46' Hysaj), Guendouzi, Cataldi (62' Vecino), Luis Alberto, Isaksen (46' Zaccagni), Immobile (78' Castellanos), Felipe Anderson (78' Pedro).

Substitutes: Sepe, Mandas, Pellegrini, Ruggeri, Kamada, Andrè Anderson, Coulibaly, Sana Fernandes.

Manager: Sarri

 

Referee: Guida

 

Goals: 45+1’ Luis Alberto, 60’ Kayode, 69’ Bonaventura

 

Booked: Guendouzi, Vecino

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