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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

May 4, 1975: Lazio Fiorentina 1-0

Difficult win

 

Lazio managed to win in the last seconds despite the difficult situation and  referee





Source Lazio Wiki

The season so far

 

The previous season Lazio had triumphantly won the scudetto. A fantastic campionato where once the Biancocelesti reached the top of the table in winter they never let go. It was going to be difficult to repeat the previous year. In the summer transfer window, President Umberto Lenzini refused to sell any of the first eleven players despite attempts from Torino to sign Luciano Re Cecconi and Milan with Giorgio Chinaglia. There were only some minor movements with the arrival of Roberto Badiani from Sampdoria and Pietro Ghedin in the autumn window from Fiorentina. Leaving Lazio were Pierpaolo Manservisi (Mantova), Ferruccio Mazzola (Sant’Angelo), Mario Facco (Avellino), Fausto Inselvini and the loan of Sergio Borgo to Foggia.

 

Coppa Italia in September saw Lazio lose two and draw two. They did not proceed to the second phase.

 

In Serie A, the Biancocelesti started well winning the first three games, but then they lost the lead with two points in the next three. By the end of the year they were second, three points behind Juventus. The first match of 1975 was Lazio vs Juve and the Biancocelesti won but the three-point deficit was re-established at the end of the first half of the season with a loss at Ascoli. The three-point gap stayed until the end of February. Two points in the next four games meant that Lazio dropped to fourth place, -6 from the Bianconeri.

 

After winning at Bologna, the team were told that Tommaso Maestrelli had cancer and at that point the players lost interest in Serie A. With three games to the end of the season the Biancocelesti were fifth.

 

The match: Sunday, May 4, 1975, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

 

Lazio started well and in the 5th minute Franco Superchi was forced to save a Franco Nanni header. Seven minutes later Re Cecconi had a chance but his shot was weak. Felice Pulici also had work to do on a Gianfranco Casarsa shot and in the 20th minute on a Mimmo Caso attempt deflected by Giancarlo Oddi. Ten minutes later a first dubious episode in the box when Vincenzo Guerini blatantly stopped a Vincenzo D’Amico play but touching the ball with his hands, but the referee did not see. In the 34th minute a cross from Giancarlo Antognoni surprised Pulici and was almost going in, but Pino Wilson managed to clear. Two minutes later another handball in the box this time from Giancarlo Galdiolo did not convince the ref. This was followed by a splendid Franco Nanni-Chinaglia-D’Amico move which allowed the Lazio golden boy to shoot, saved by Superchi.

 

Another D’Amico shot in the 50th minute was saved by the keeper and in the 65th minute Casarsa had the chance to score for Fiorentina but missed. In the 81st minute Sergio Petrelli to Chinaglia but again the Fiorentina goalkeeper saved. In the 90th minute penalty for Lazio. Pino Wilson was fouled in the box by Mauro Della Martira and this time the ref pointed to the spot kick. Galdiolo was sent off for dissent, but after having taken off his jersey, he put it back on and went back on the pitch. The referee did not notice a thing. Anyway, Chinaglia took the penalty and it was saved by Superchi but the ball went back to Long John who deposited the ball in the net.

 

Good win for Lazio, despite the difficulties.

 

Who played for Lazio

 

Substitutes: Moriggi, Franzoni

Manager: Maestrelli (Lovati on the bench)

 

Who played for Fiorentina


Superchi, Galdiolo, Beatrice, Guerini (46' Lelj), Pellegrini E., Della MartiraCaso, Merlo, Casarsa, Antognoni, Desolati

Substitutes: Lucetti, Speggiorin

Manager: Rocco


Referee: Lops

 

Goal: 90’ Chinaglia

 

What happened next

 

Lazio finished fourth qualifying for the UEFA Cup. The big question was who was going to substitute Tommaso Maestrelli?

 

Giancarlo Oddi, Giorgio Chinaglia, Pino Wilson and Felice Pulici had the most appearances (34), Chinaglia was the top scorer with 14 goals.


Lazio 1974-75

Competition

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goals scored

Serie A

30

14

9

7

34

Coppa Italia

4

-

2

2

3

Total

34

14

11

9

37

Top appearances

Player

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Oddi

34

30

4

Chinaglia

34

30

4

Wilson

34

30

4

Pulici

34

30

4

Top goal scorers

Player

Total

Serie A

Coppa Italia

Chinaglia

14

14

-

Garlaschelli

6

6

-

Martini

3

2

1

Let's talk about Giancarlo Antognoni


Source Wikipedia

Giancarlo Antognoni is one of the best midfielders ever to have played for Italy. A Fiorentina legend, he was one of the players who won the World Cup in Spain in 1982.

 

Born on April 1 1954in Marsciano near Perugia, he started his footballing career with Torino at 15 years of age in 1969, but after a year was sold to Asti in Serie D. In 1972 his big chance: he signed for Fiorentina. His debut in Serie A took place on October 15 and what followed were 15 years in Florence, 429 appearances and 72 goals. He won the Coppa Italia in 1974-75 and the Anglo Italian League Cup in 1975, beating West Ham in the final. In 1976 he became captain.

 

Antognoni never won the scudetto but certainly did go very close in 1981-82. At the end of the first half of the season the Viola were leading, with one point over Juventus and two more than Roma. Juventus caught up in February and then there was a neck-and-neck race until mid-March when Juve won against Roma away and Fiorentina drew against Torino. With four games to the end the Viola caught up only to fall behind again with two games to the end of the season with a draw in Milan against Inter (Juve had won comfortably at Udine). Udinese, always very democratic when it comes to giving away points to the top teams, lost in Florence and Juve drew with Napoli. With one game to go, both teams were on 44 points. The last two games were Cagliari-Fiorentina and Catanzaro-Juve. At Cagliari, Fiorentina were unable to score, Juve won thanks to a Liam Brady penalty (which was blatant). There was controversy however on a goal not given to the Viola even though the referee was probably right.

 

On November 22, 1981, there was the incident with Silvano Martina who was playing for Genoa. Playing in Florence, there was a long cross into the box for the Fiorentina captain. As he was going for the ball, Martina came out of his goal to face him and tried to get to the ball first but de facto kneed Antognoni in the head. He fractured his skull in two places and his heart stopped beating for about 30 seconds. Fortunately, the Genoa team doctor was able to untwist Antognoni’s tongue and give him CPR via chest compression and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was in a coma for two days and then gradually recovered.

 

In 1984 Antognoni was the victim of another serious injury when he broke his leg. It took him nearly two years to come back. In 1986 he suffered another injury and at the end of the season he left Florence. He signed for Lausanne and stayed in Switzerland for two years until he retired.


Source Wikipedia

Antognoni had a long career with the Nazionale. He debuted on November 20, 1974 against the Netherlands and played regularly. He was part of the team that came fourth in the 1978 World Cup playing five games. In 1982 he played in the World Cup in Spain and he will be remembered for having scored Italy’s disallowed fourth goal against Brazil which was not given for unknown reasons. The Azzurri played terribly in the first phase, but in the second beat both Argentina and Brazil to reach the semi-final. In the game against Poland, he got injured hence did not play in the final against West Germany. In total he made 73 appearances for Italy with 7 goals.

 

After he stopped playing, he worked for Fiorentina, first as a scout, then team manager and later general director. He was even manager at one point, sharing the bench with Luciano Chiarugi, in the 1992-93 season which saw Fiorentina relegated. In 2001 he resigned after manager Fatih Terim was sacked. He began to work for the Italian Football Federation first as coordinator of the youth team scouts and then as head of delegation for the Under-15s. In 2017 he went back to work for Fiorentina first as club representative and then as club manager. He left in 2021.

 

Antognoni was a great player, elegant, had a powerful shot, great vision. He will forever be a legend at Fiorentina.


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