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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

Awakening

Game 15, National Championship, Lazio Group

Sunday, March 26, 1922


Campo Rondinella, Rome

Lazio Pro Roma 6-1


Lazio finally manage to score heavily now that Bernardini is placed at the centre of the attack


There were nine teams in the Lazio group and the Biancocelesti were not doing well. They were fourth and far behind the leaders Fortitudo. But starting from the previous game against Juventus Audax, they had put Fulvio Bernardini, who used to be goalkeeper, at the centre of the attack and there had been a decisive improvement. De facto, this game was needed as practice for the next season.


Today’s opponents were Pro Roma, founded in 1911 as a sports club like Lazio. After mixed fortunes, they later merged with Fortitudo in 1926 and in 1927, together with Alba and Roman, they became part of the new AS Roma.


Lazio started brilliantly and after three minutes they were already 2-0 up thanks to a goal by Bernardini after 60 seconds and another in the third with Dante Filippi, both thanks to crosses from Augusto Faccani.


With the game going only one-way, Pro Roma could do very little and very little they did. The Biancocelesti continued to attack incessantly and in the 35th minute got their third with Giuseppe Furia. Finally, towards the end of the first half Matteo Salineri had some work to do but it was a comfortable save.


For the second half Pro Roma made a few tactical changes but Lazio made it four in the 47th minute again with Bernardini, following a cross from Furia. Five minutes later Pro Roma reduced the deficit with Mariani, surprising Ugo Dosio and Fernando Saraceni. In the 55th minute Bernardini got his hat trick with a shot on which Fedi could have done better.


Pro Roma tried to get back in the game but first hit a post with Mariani and then a Salineri save in the 70th minute denied the visitors another goal. At this point it was Lazio who tried to get their sixth and, after a number of missed chances, managed to do so again with Bernardini in the 87th minute.


Bernardini will certainly be a future star and the Biancocelesti can look to the future with optimism.


Who played for Lazio

 

Salineri, Saraceni I, Dosio, Faccani, Parboni, Orazi I, Saraceni II, Bernardini, Ottier, Filippi, Furia.

Manager: Baccani

 

Who played for Pro Roma

 

Fedi, Carrara, Bianchi, Morel, Mariani, Evangelisti, Proietti, Rea, Marchettini, Muzi, Peroni.

 

Referee: Liberati

 

Goals: 1’ Bernardini, 3’ Filippi, 35’ Furia, 47’ Bernardini, 52’ Mariani, 55’ Bernardini, 87’ Bernardini

 

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