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  • Writer's pictureDag Jenkins

No contest

Game 5, National Championship, South Division, Interregional Semi-Final Group B

Sunday, June 3, 1923

Campo Rondinella, Rome

Lazio Libertas Palermo 10-2

Lazio score ten but game never competitive as Sicilians take field in ten and are soon reduced to nine

Source Lazio Wiki

Lazio had won their regional group with 8 wins, 1 draw and one defeat. They had therefore progressed to the Lega Sud Interregional Semifinal group consisting of four teams (Internaples, Libertas Palermo and Ideale Bari). Lazio had won all four matches so far (Napoli 4-0 and 3-0, Libertas Palermo 3-2 and Ideale Bari 3-0). The winner of the group would then play the Lega Sud Final to get to the National Final for the Scudetto.


The match

The game looked to be unbalanced from the start as the visitors only fielded ten men.


They however took a shock lead after only a minute. Defender Negri beat Ettore Agazzani with a freekick to put the Whites in front. Lazio 0 Libertas Palermo 1.


Any realistic hope of pulling off a surprise win were virtually dashed in the 10th minute when defender Ferrero was forced off injured. Palermo were now down to 9 men.


At this point Lazio, already the superior team, started to pile on the goals; Fulvio Bernardini in the 16th, 22nd and 30th minute (on a penalty) and then Aldo Fraschetti in the 37th made it 4-1 at halftime.


The second half followed a similar pattern. The Palermitani scored first with Luoni I in the 55th minute but then were overpowered by Lazio. Six more goals followed: Pio Maneschi in the 61st minute, Fraschetti for his brace in the 69th, Bernardini in the 78th, two by Dante Filippi in the 81st and 85th and finally Bernardini with his fourth of the afternoon in the 90th minute.


A total thrashing but from the moment the visitors had been reduced to nine players it had ceased to be a real contest.


Lazio were now with four wins out of four, with only one game to go.


Who played for Lazio


Who played for Libertas Palermo

Triolo, Alberti, Negri I, Ferrero, Varola, Corso, Luoni I, Povero, Guarino, Monaco II


Referee: Pinasco

Goals: 1' Negri, 16' Bernardini, 22' Bernardini, 30' Bernardini (pen), 37' Fraschetti, 55' Luoni I, 61' Maneschi, 69' Fraschetti, 78' Bernardini, 81' Filippi, 85' Filippi, 90' Bernardini




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