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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten


Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Game 13, Serie A

Saturday November 25, 2023

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Stadio Arechi

Salernitana Lazio 2-1


The Biancocelesti lose match and fighting spirit

Official SS Lazio photo

The team


Maurizio Sarri is forced to keep both Alessio Romagnoli and Nicolò Casale out of the team through injury and Luis Alberto due to a one match suspension. In came Mario Gila and Daichi Kamada, with Danilo Cataldi acting as playmaker. Salernitana has not won a game this season, so obviously we’d be the perfect victims.


The match


Lazio immediately showed a great amount of difficulty without Luis Alberto. Nobody to invent anything, the wings not working too great, lack of movement from the rest of the team.


In the 23rd minute the match livened up when Antonio Candreva sent into a box a venomous cross which nobody managed to reach but went dangerously towards the goal. Fortunately, Ivan Provedel managed to parry. A minute later Emil Bohinen from quite far out hit the top of the crossbar. 


The scare seemed to wake Lazio up who started playing with a little more rhythm. In the 27th minute Felipe Anderson stole a ball on the right ran into the box dribbling a few players but his shot was deflected by Norbert Gyomber into corner. In the 32nd minute Candreva again with a shot that Provedel managed to save.


In the 39th minute wonderful sudden pass from Cataldi to Ciro Immobile over the Salernitana defence, King Ciro is knocked down in the penalty box by Gyomber but for the referee it was not a foul. Fortunately VAR thought it was and the ref was forced to change his mind. Immobile had no problem in putting Lazio ahead. Gyomber, booked for the penalty, shortly after made a very dangerous foul on Mattia Zaccagni but he was not booked for a second time. 


Second half


As a consequence, Pippo Inzaghi chose to substitute the Slovakian with Matteo Lovato in the interval.


In the 55th minute Salernitana equalised. Pasquale Mazzocchi crossed into the box, Candreva headed the ball towards the far post, Provedel saved but placed it exactly where Grigoris Kastanos was. Easy tap in for his first goal of the season.


Four minutes later a splendid Candreva-Kastanos put the former Lazio player in front of Provedel. Candreva tried to surprise the Biancoceleste keeper but his plan failed and Ivan parried. In the 60th minute Lazio on the counter attack. Zaccagni to Felipe Anderson on the right, the Brazilian then sent a low cross into the middle, Zaccagni got there just a fraction of a second too late and his shot went over the crossbar. The Lazio forward injured himself in the effort and was substituted by Pedro. Also out Manuel Lazzari and in came Elseid Hysaj. Salernitana substituted Bohinen with Mateusz Legowski and Flavius Daniliuc with Federico Fazio.


In the 66th minute useless foul on Kastanos by Kamada. Free kick taken by Candreva who sent a missile towards Provedel. The ball changed direction in the last second and the Lazio goalkeeper was beaten. 


Despite the nearly 30 minutes left in the game, nothing happened. The Biancoceleste attack was innocuous and was made even more so with the entries on the pitch of Taty Castellanos for Immobile and Gustav Isaksen for Felipe Anderson. Later Matias Vecino came on for Cataldi. Inzaghi sent in Giulio Maggiore and Dylan Bronn for Kastanos and Lorenzo Pirola.


Another bad performance against a less stronger team. Need to wake up very quickly.


A word of advice for the referee: change job!!!


Who played for Salernitana

Costil, Daniliuc (62' Fazio), Gyomber (46' Lovato), Pirola (86' Bronn), Mazzocchi, Coulibaly, Bohinen (62'Legowski), Bradaric, Candreva, Kastanos (72' Maggiore); Ikwuemesi. 

Substitutes: Fiorillo, Salvati, Sambia, Martegani, Botheim, Cabral, Simy. 

Manager: P. Inzaghi


Who played for Lazio


Provedel, Lazzari (62' Hysaj), Gila, Patric, Marusic, Guendouzi, Cataldi (80' Vecino), Kamada, Felipe Anderson (69' Isaksen), Immobile (69' Castellanos), Zaccagni (62' Pedro). 

Substitutes: Mandas, Sepe, Pellegrini, Ruggeri, Basic, Rovella. 

Manager: Sarri


Referee: Prontera


Goals: 43’ Immobile (pen), 55’ Kastanos, 66’ Candreva


Bookings: Lazzari (L), Gyomber (S), Daniliuc (S), Cataldi (L), Maggiore (S), Fazio (S), Vecino (L), Coulibaly (S)


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