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  • Writer's pictureDag Jenkins

Piola and Lazio crush the devil

Season 1936-37

Game 1, Serie A

Sunday, September 13, 1936

Stadio PNF, Rome

Lazio Milan 3-0

Two goals by the Piedmontese striker and one by Costa send Milan packing

Source Lazio Wiki

The game today on September 13 was the league opener.

A warm but not hot mid-September day brought about 10,000 spectators to watch Lazio's league debut.

In the first half there was not much to get excited about. Milan were almost perfect defensively and controlled Lazio's attacks without much difficulty. Lazio looked slow and lacking in ideas and it was Milan who threatened more on the break despite having Giovanni Moretti sent off on the half hour mark for a foul on Giuseppe Baldo. A disappointing first half ended with Lazio 0 Milan 0.

Everything changed in the following forty-five minutes. In the 55th minute Lazio took a corner with Umberto Busani, the ball was cleared but came back to him so he put in another cross which the keeper, surrounded by players, mistimed allowing Silvio Piola to bicycle kick the ball into the net. Lazio 1 Milan 0.

One zero up and with an extra man Lazio started to dominate. Lazio had more chances and then doubled their lead in the 72nd minute. Bruno Camolese put a through pass to Piola who powered past two defenders and beat Vittore Martini with a low, well-placed shot. Lazio 2 Milan 0.

The third goal came five minutes later after a brilliant team effort. It involved four players, Camolese to Giovanni Riccardi, to Piola and finally to Giovanni Costa who dribbled past a defender, then cut inside and hammered an unstoppable shot which hit the inside of the post and went in. Lazio 3 Milan 0 and final score.

A fantastic debut for Lazio who were favoured by Milan's red card but in the second half played some excellent football.

Who played for Lazio

Manager: Viola

Who played for Milan

Martini, Perversi, Bonizzoni, Rigotti II, Bortoletti, Gianesello II, Capra II, Zidarich I, Moretti, Poggi II, Cossi

Manager: Baloncieri

Referee: Bertolio

Goals: 55' Piola, 72' Piola, 77' Costa



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