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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

Lazio celebrate in style

Updated: Jan 23

1971-72 Season

Game 5, Coppa Italia, Second Group Stage

Wednesday, June 28, 1972

Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Lazio Napoli 3-0

In the last match of the season at home, Lazio celebrate by beating Napoli 3-0 in Coppa Italia

This match was the last home game of the season and an opportunity to celebrate the return to Serie A. Lazio played with their red away jersey.

Napoli immediately went into trouble and in the 7th minute Dino Zoff was miraculous in saving a shot by Rino Gritti. In the 35th minute Gritti gave an excellent assist to Giorgio Chinaglia who beat the Napoli goalkeeper but for the referee it was offside. Nothing to worry about. Three minutes later a free kick for Lazio thirty metres from the Napoli goal for a foul on Vincenzo D’Amico. The Napoli defence thought it was a bit too far out to attempt a shot at goal and hence only placed a few men in the wall. Gritti sent a missile that beat Zoff. Lazio 1 Napoli 0.

Napoli, completely out of the game, did very little in the second half to equalise. They only managed a header from Pierpaolo Manservisi. In the 60th minute Giancarlo Oddi passed the ball to Giuseppe Massa who in turn sent it to Gritti who flew towards the goal line. The Lazio forward looked up, saw D’Amico and passed him the ball. Lazio's Golden Boy scored his first professional goal to double Lazio’s lead.

In the 73rd minute there was a free kick for Lazio. Massa touched the ball for Chinaglia, big whack, 3-0 for the Biancoclesti.

In the other group match Fiorentina beat Bologna so now, with one game to go, Napoli were first on 6 points, Fiorentina and Lazio on 5, Bologna on 4.

Who played for Lazio

Substitutes: Mosa, Legnaro, Facchin

Manager: Maestrelli

Who played for Napoli

Zoff, Pogliana, Vianello, Zurlini, Panzanato (65' Saccoccio), M.Perego, Manservisi, Juliano, Sormani, Improta, Macchi (76' Pincelli)).

Substitutes: Trevisan, Martella, Esposito.

Manager: Chiappella.

Referee: Branzoni

Goals: 38’ Gritti, 60’ D’Amico, 75’ Chinaglia


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