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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

Second spot confirmed

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

2022-23 Season

Game 28

April 2, 2023

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U-Power Stadium, Monza

Monza Lazio 0-2

By winning at Monza Lazio confirm second place and leave Milan four points behind and Inter and Roma five.

The team

Maurizio Sarri puts Manuel Lazzari in as right back instead of the suspended Adam Marusic and this is the only change compared to the team that won the derby. Ciro Immobile is available but not at 100% so better not to risk him at least in the beginning of the game.

The match

It’s a beautiful sunny day and for the first ten minutes the players seem to want to appreciate the weather rather than play football. It looked this match was going to be a classic goalless draw with nothing much happening. Mistake.

In the 12th minute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to Felipe Anderson who chests the ball to Luis Alberto. The Spaniard passes to his compatriot Pedro who from outside the box tries a curving shot which is just a little too high.

A minute later Luis Alberto to Mattia Zaccagni that goes off on the left as usual. He sees Felipe Anderson in the box and passes to the Brazilian who slips, the ball goes through and while the Monza defenders are wondering which one of them will take care of it, in comes Pedro that puts it behind Michele Di Gregorio to make it 1-0 for Lazio.

In the 16th minute Pedro on the right to Zaccagni in the box but his shot is parried into corner. Two minutes later Patrick Ciurria crosses into the box and Stefano Sensi’s header is wide by a whisker. In the 23rd minute a one-two Felipe Anderson Luis Alberto gives the Spaniard a chance to shoot from outside the penalty box but his shot is only a fraction wide.

Ten minutes later Sensi to Ciurria who crosses into the box for Andrea Petagna’s header. Ivan Provedel is miraculous. In the 35th minute Nicolò Rovella tries from outside the box but his shot is wide just like Luis Alberto’s 8 minutes later.

Second half

Monza start the second half with a number of fouls and in the first ten minutes they receive four yellow cards. On the last of these fouls Milinkovic-Savic takes the free kick and from 25 metres curves the ball over the Monza wall and into the net. 2-0 for Lazio. With this goal the big Serb becomes the all time foreign player with more goals in the history of Lazio. His 65th goal, overtaking Goran Pandev’s 64 .

Lazio slows down the match and Monza, despite having the majority of possession, cannot break Lazio’s defence.

In the second half Monza bring on Andrea Colpani, Danny Mota and Valentin Antov in the 59th minute for Rovella, Petagna and Marlon, Christian Gytkjaer for Gianluca Caprari in the 71st and Andrea Barberis for José Machin in the 80th. Lazio substitute Pedro with Immobile in the 65th minute, Matias Vecino and Toma Basic for Danilo Cataldi and Luis Alberto in the 71st, and Luca Pellegrini for Lazzari in the 83rd. Pellegrini finally debuts in Serie A with the Lazio jersey.

The match ends with a chance each. In a counter attack in the 90th minute Colpani shoots from outside the box, Provedel saves and Gytkjaer hits the tap in over the crossbar. In the fourth minute of injury time, Zaccagni goes off on the left and from near the goal attempts an impossible shot that Di Gregorio saves with difficulty.

Great win for Lazio, Milinkovic-Savic is looking good after a couple of bad months, and with the return of Ciro as well as the lack of a mid week feature, there is room to be optimist.

Who played for Monza

Di Gregorio; Donati, Mari, Marlon (59' Antov); Ciurria, Machin (81' Barberis), Rovella (60' Colpani), Carlos Augusto; Sensi, Caprari (71' Gytkjaer); Petagna (59' Mota).

Substitutes: Cragno, Sorrentino, Antov, Carboni, Birindelli, Ranocchia, Valoti, D'Alessandro, Vignato

Manager: Palladino

Who played for Lazio

Provedel; Lazzari (83' Pellegrini), Casale, Romagnoli, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi (71' Vecino), Luis Alberto (71' Basic); Pedro (65' Immobile), Felipe Anderson, Zaccagni.

Substitutes: Maximiano, Adamonis, Patric, Radu, Marcos Antonio, Bertini, Cancellieri, Romero.

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Referee: Marcenaro

Goals: 13’ Pedro, 56’ Milinkovic-Savic

Booked: Ciurria, Caprari, Marlon, Donati, Zaccagni, Sensi, Felipe Anderson


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