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June 21, 1958: Roma Lazio 2-3, Coppa Italia

Spectacular derby goes Lazio’s way


A thrilling game rewards the Biancocelesti who edge nearer qualification to quarterfinals




Source Lazio Wiki

The season so far


Lazio had finished an excellent 3rd the previous 1956-57 season under Englishman Jesse Carver.

 

This year, in 1957-58, however, Lazio found themselves in serious financial difficulty and were not able to improve the squad. Carver had left for Inter and the new manager was Milovan Ćirić but he had been sacked in early February after a 0-5 defeat at Bologna. The next manager was then former player Alfredo Monza (1935-43).

 

The only new signings of note were midfielders Ugo Pozzan (Bologna) and Giorgio Bravi (Taranto-end of loan). The departures were more significant as Lazio were losing defender Primo Sentimenti V after seven seasons (Udinese) and forward Lorenzo Bettini (Udinese). Karl Aage Praest was retiring but he had not made much impact in Rome.

 

In Serie A Lazio had struggled and finished 12th. The highlights were beating Roma 2-1 and Inter 3-1 at home. Top scorer was Arne Selmosson with 9 league goals.

 

This today however was the third game of Coppa Italia. The domestic cup was to be played in the summer to make up for Italy not qualifying for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

 

As it was between seasons the squads were undergoing changes. Lazio had a new manager for a start, former Lazio player Fulvio Bernardini, and had added goalkeeper Idilio Cei (Foligno), defender Franco Janich (Atalanta), midfielder Carlo Tagnin (Alessandria), forwards Maurilio Prini (Fiorentina) and Claudio Bizzarri (Fiorentina).

 

There had however been another major change to the Lazio squad. It was more a trauma, as Swedish idol Arne Selmosson, (nicknamed "Raggio di Luna", moonbeam, for the pallor of his skin) after 3 highly successful seasons and 31 goals in 101 games for Lazio, had done the unmentionable; he had swapped 'sides of the Tiber' and signed for bitter rivals Roma.

 

It was a major event in Rome and some people were even said to have changed teams siding with the Giallorossi just so they could continue following the Swede (such as former Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, just to name one). Until 2018 he was the only player to have scored for both Lazio and Roma in derbies (since emulated by Kolarov and Pedro). So, Lazio had started their cup campaign "Selmossonless".

 

Other players leaving apart from "Raggio di Luna" were midfielder Luigi Fuin (Juventus) plus forwards Ermes Muccinelli (Juventus) and Pasquale Vivolo (Genoa).

 

The format of the cup was 8 groups of 4 teams each. The winners of each group would then play the quarter finals after the summer, in September. Lazio were in group H with Roma, Napoli and Palermo.

 

Lazio had won their first two matches, Palermo 5-1 and Napoli 3-1 both at home.

 

Today was a big one for their cup hopes but above all because it was the "Stracittadina" against eternal rivals Roma.

 

Roma had just finished 5th in Serie A. The manager was Alec Stock for the first eleven games and then Gunnar Nordahl (with Antonio Busini as technical director). The derbies had finished 3-0 for the Giallorossi and 2-1 for Lazio. Top scorer was Dino da Costa with 19 league goals.

 

For the summer Coppa Italia, the Swedish manager had stayed on. The unusual timing of the competition meant it was between seasons so some players could come and go. One major signing for Roma had been striker Arne Selmosson from Lazio. The Swede however was currently on international duty at the 1958 Sweden World Cup.

 

In the first two games of the Coppa Italia, the Giallorossi had won 1 (Napoli 2-0 away) and lost 1 (Palermo 2-3 away). This was a crucial game for Roma, if they lost, they would be four points behind their bitter rivals with three games to go.

 

The match: Saturday, June 21, 1958, Stadio Olimpico, Rome


This was the first ever evening derby and so was played under floodlights. There were about 40,000 spectators.

 

Roma were without captain Alcides Ghiggia and new midfielder Mario David while Giuseppe Secchi had interrupted his honeymoon to be available for the game. Lazio more or less had their new look line-up, the one for the next season.

 

The game was open from the start with both sides trying to attack.


Lazio opened the score in the 10th minute. Humberto Tozzi tried his luck from about thirty metres out and sent a powerful low shot towards goal, the keeper Luciano Panetti bent forward to block it but lost it and it ended up in the net. Roma 0 Lazio 1. A goal possibly helped by the novelty of playing with artificial light.

 

Roma equalised in the 21st minute. Dino da Costa approached the Lazio area and seeing as all his teammates were marked, he let off a perfect strike which hit the inside of the post to Bob Lovati's right and settled into the net. Roma 1 Lazio 1.

 

The game was entertaining. Both sides had penalty appeals waved away and halftime came with the score level.

 

There was a novelty for the second half as both sides made substitutions. This was the first tournament in which they were allowed. For Lazio, Egidio Fumagalli came on for Renzo Burini while for Roma, Egidio Guarnacci replaced Augusto Magli.

 

Lazio went in front again almost immediately. In the 48th minute Fumagalli charged down the left and crossed for Tozzi who unmarked blasted a volley which hit the underside of the crossbar and went in. Roma 1 Lazio 2.

 

Again, however, Lazio’s lead was short lived. In the 57th minute Severino Lojodice beat Mario Colombo and squared to Giuseppe Secchi who, despite a bad first touch, scored from about four metres out. Roma 2 Lazio 2.

 

The Biancocelesti then had several chances to score, with Fumagalli particularly dangerous. The goal came however in the 69th minute. Bizzarri went solo from about 35 metres out on the left, cut inside, dribbled Enzo Menegotti who then lost his balance and sent a cross goal shot in on the far post. Roma 2 Lazio 3.

 

Lazio then insisted and hit the woodwork twice, first a post with Tozzi and then a crossbar with Prini.

 

Lazio did not finish Roma off so the Giallorossi came back with a late surge. First Lovati saved with his feet from a Lojodice effort and then da Costa hit a post. Final score Roma 2 Lazio 3.

 

A highly entertaining game with plenty of goal action. A deserved win for Lazio in the end. Roma had attacked more but Lazio had attacked better, had more chances and been more efficient. Standout players were Fumagalli and Tozzi for Lazio and da Costa for Roma.

 

Lazio now topped the group with 6 points while Roma, Napoli and Palermo all had 2. With three games to go things were looking good for the Biancocelesti.

 

Who played for Roma


Panetti, Griffith, Losi, Menegotti, Stucchi, Magli (46' Guarnacci), Morbello, Pestrin, Secchi, da Costa, Lojodice

Manager: Nordahl

T.D: Busini

 

Who played for Lazio


Manager: Bernardini

 

Referee: Annoscia


Goals: 10' Tozzi, 19' da Costa, 48' Tozzi, 57' Lojodice, 69' Bizzarri

 

What happened next


Lazio went on to win the cup, their first historic silverware. Top scorer was Humberto Tozzi with 11 cup goals which added to his 7 league goals made him top scorer with 18.

 

In the group phase they won one more (Napoli 4-0 away) and drew 2 (Palermo 2-2 away and Roma 1-1). They topped the group with 10 points ahead of Roma 7, Palermo 5 and Napoli 2.

 

On September 6 the Biancocelesti beat Marzotto Valdagno 2-1 and then Juventus 2-0 at home in the semi-final, on September 14

 

In the final on September 24 against Fiorentina, in Rome, Lazio triumphed 1-0 with a Maurilio Prini goal after thirty minutes.

 

Bob Lovati lifted Lazio's first ever trophy after 58 years of trying.

 

Roma then won 2 (Napoli 2-1 and Palermo 1-0) and then drew one (the derby 1-1) but were eliminated. Da Costa scored four goals in the cup and ended the season with 23 goals.


Lazio 1957-58

Competition

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Serie A

34

10

10

14

45

Coppa Italia

6

4

2

-

18

Total

40

14

12

14

63

Top five appearances

Player

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Pinardi

35

30

5

Molino

34

34

-

Selmosson

33

33

-

Muccinelli

32

32

-

Pozzan

32

27

5

Top five goal scorers

Player

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Tozzi

16

7

9

Burini

12

7

5

Selmosson

9

9

-

Pozzan

6

5

1

Muccinelli

5

5

-

Let's talk about Egidio Fumagalli


Source Lazio Wiki

Egidio Fumagalli was born in Monza on April 21, 1937.

 

He first played in the Doria Monza youth set up and then joined the Milan academy in 1954-55. In 1956 he joined Novese (Novi Ligure) first on loan and then definitely. He stayed two seasons in Serie D with 6th and 7th places.

 

In 1958 he joined Lazio. He arrived in time to win the Coppa Italia, playing 7 games and scoring 2 goals (Marzotto Valdagno, Juventus). The manager was Fulvio Bernardini and it was Lazio's first ever silverware.

 

In the 1958-59 season Lazio finished 11th. Fumagalli played 17 league games and scored 2 goals (Bari, Bologna). Lazio's best result was beating Juventus 1-0 at home.

 

In 1959-60 Lazio finished 12th, still under Bernardini. Fumagalli played 15 league games and 4 in Coppa Italia.

 

The 1960-61 season was his last with Lazio. Bernardini was replaced after ten matches by Enrique Flamini and after fifteen Jesse Carver arrived as technical director. Lazio finished 18th and were relegated. Their few decent results were winning the second derby 2-1 and beating Napoli 5-2 away. Lazio again reached the Coppa Italia final but lost 0-2 to Fiorentina, in Florence. Fumagalli played 15 league games with 2 goals (Catania, Napoli).

 

In 1961-62 he played for Novara in Serie B. He played one season, under managers Carlo Facchini (future Lazio briefly in 1962), Evaristo Barrera (former Lazio player 1939-40) and finally Imre Senkey. The Azzurri finished 14th but then ended up relegated for corruption charges. Fumagalli played 21 league games with 3 goals (Catanzaro, Lucchese x2) and 4 in Coppa Italia with 3 goals (Udinese, Inter, SPAL). His teammates included Lazio connections Carlo Soldo (1967-69), Giambattista Moschino (1962-63, 1971-73) and Clemente Mattei (1956-58, 1959-61).

 

In 1962-63 he joined Salernitana in Serie C. The Granata finished 4th, under Piero Pasinati until early December and then Ulisse Giunchi. Fumagalli played 10 league games. One of his teammates was again former Lazio, Clemente Mattei plus a young Francesco "Ciccio" Cordova (Lazio 1976-79).

 

In November 1963 Fumagalli returned to Lazio in Serie A. The Biancocelesti had a decent season under Juan Carlos Lorenzo and finished 8th. Fumagalli however made no appearances.

 

In the summer of 1964, he joined Frosinone in Serie D. He stayed four seasons in Ciociaria with 5th, 1st (promotion to C), 18th (relegation to D) and 2nd places. His managers were Adriano and Umberto De Angelis the first year, De Angelis the second, De Angelis and Amedeo Amadei the third and in the fourth former Lazio player, Zeffiro Furiassi (1949-55) and then Ivano Corghi. In his four years with the "Leoni", Fumagalli played 148 league games.

 

He then spent one final season with Sessana (Sessa Aurunca-Caserta) in Serie D in 1969-70, finishing 8th.

 

At 33 he retired.

 

Fumagalli was a midfielder. He was 1.80 and 70 kilos and could play in all the midfield roles. He played 47 games in Serie A with 4 goals and 21 in B with 3 goals.

 

His peak was at Lazio where he played three seasons. He made a total of 58 appearances with 6 goals. He won a Coppa Italia with Lazio, scoring two goals on the way to the final and then playing in the triumph against Fiorentina.

 

He also has a claim to fame in the record books as the first ever Lazio player to come on as a substitute, in the 3-2 cup win over Roma on June 21, 1958.

 

Egidio Fumagalli died in Frosinone on January 9, 2015.


Lazio Career

Season

Total Appearances (goals)

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Italo French Friendship Cup

1957-58

4

-

4

-

1958-59

20 (4)

17 (2)

3 (2)

-

1959-60

21

15

4

2

1960-61

16 (2)

15 (2)

1

-

Total

61 (6)

47 (4)

12 (2)

2

Sources






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