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  • Writer's pictureSimon Basten

Lazio still believe

Updated: Feb 29

Game 29

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin

Torino Lazio 1-2

The Biancocelesti win a very difficult game coming from behind thanks to Immobile and Parolo

Official SS Lazio photo

The two teams faced each other in an almost empty stadium due to Covid restrictions. In the 4th minute there was a free kick in Lazio’s half on the left. Simone Verdi crossed in; Marco Parolo tried to clear but de facto just headed the ball across the box. Nicolas Nkoulou tried a shot at goal, Ciro Immobile intercepted with a hand, penalty. Andrea Belotti had no problem with the spot kick, Lazio already behind.

The Biancocelesti were in total confusion, they already had to deal with rather poor physical condition and now they were forced to face an uphill challenge. In the 22nd minute Luis Alberto found the gap for Immobile but King Ciro’s shot went over the crossbar. Immobile had another opportunity in the 37th minute but again his shot went high.

At this point Lazio had total control of the game and cross after cross into the box, but the Torino defence did not concede much. Francesco Acerbi did actually score off a free kick from Luis Alberto but he was offside.

The second half opened with the Lazio equaliser. In the 48th minute, classic Luis Alberto assist for the Lazio centre forward who ran into the box on the left between Nkoulou and Lyanco and put the ball on the far post.

Lazio doubled their efforts and there was a lot of pressure on the Torino defence. In the 62nd minute Stefan Radu from the left crossed into the box for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but the big Serb was slightly late and could not get a good impact on the ball.

In the 73rd minute Jordan Lukaku dribbled past Cristian Ansaldi on the left and crossed into the box for Milinkovic-Savic on the far post. Big whack directly at Salvatore Sirigu who parried, Manuel Lazzari tried to pass to Immobile but the Torino defence got in the way. The ball was outside the box perfectly lined up for Parolo who took a shot, deflection by Bremer, goal. Torino 1 Lazio 2.

In the 83rd minute opportunity for Joaquin Correa but the ball went just wide. Torino tried a forcing, but Lazio comfortably brought home the three points.

Who played for Torino

Sirigu, Lyanco, Nkoulou, Bremer (80' Millico), De Silvestri (59' Ansaldi), Meitè, Rincon, Lukic (80' Djidji), Aina (70' Edera), Verdi (59' Berenguer), Belotti.

Substitutes: Ujkani, Rosati, Izzo, Ghazoini, Singo, Greco, Adopo, Zaza.

Manager: Longo

Who played for Lazio

Substitutes: Proto, Guerrieri, Vavro, Armini, Marusic, Cataldi, Falbo, A. Anderson.

Manager: Farris (Inzaghi was suspended for this match)

Referee: Massa

Goals: 5’ Belotti (pen), 48’ Immobile, 73’ Parolo



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