Thursday February 9, 2012 Day 23 Finished Stadio Olimpico

Lazio 3 - 2 Cesena

  • Hernanes 53’
  • Lulic 60’
  • Kozák 63’
  • Mutu 14’
  • Iaquinta 35’ (pen.)

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  1. Lazio comeback stuns Cesena

    Lazio comeback stuns Cesena

    Ten-man Lazio produced a fantastic second-half fightback to come from two goals down and defeat Cesena 3-2 at Stadio Olimpico. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Lazio
    • Cesena
    • 90+4' It is! What a comeback by ten-man Lazio! Thanks for joining me this evening - Twitter is the place for post-match discussion, follow me @liamhappe
    • 90+3' Colucci shoves Ledesma to foolishly end what may be Cesena's last roll of the dice.
    • 90+2' Lazio win a corner, their sixth without reply, and try to keep it there before they eventually lose possession.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time. Can Cesena find a dramatic equaliser?
    • 90' The attack comes to nothing, however, and Renella is booked for a foul on Scaloni.
    • 89' They win a second throw in succession, but the visitors eventually break away.
    • 88' Good work by Scaloni to retain possession on the right before settling for winning an attacking throw.
    • 86' Parolo sends a tame shot straight into the arms of Marchetti.
    • 85' COMOTTO! Off-target, but that would have been some goal from a shade over 20 yards. Looked set to deliver a ball, but instead went for it.
    • 84' And that'll be the goalscorer's final contribution: the sub is substituted in Lazio's second change, with Lionel Scaloni on in his place.
    • 83' Kozak takes one for the team: blatant foul on Comotto to prevent the full-back moving into space on the right. Yellow card.
    • 81' Del Nero has a shot attempt closed down from the left-hand side.
    • 80' Great dogged defending by Lazio to deny Cesena a clear sight of goal as they once again build up pressure, and eventually they win the goal kick.
    • 78' Flag goes up against Ceccarelli as he latches onto a Mutu pass.
    • 77' ...the final ball is lobbed over to Klose, but he can't bring this one down and it bounces out for a goal kick.
    • 76' Cesena sustain some pressure, but not for long as Matuzalem leads the break...
    • 75' Lulic bombs down the left with intent, but his short give-and-go doesn't go to a blue shirt.
    • 74' Biava hacks away a Guana cross.
    • 73' Now Mutu goes into the book for a sliding lunge on Zauri.
    • 72' Biava is caught offside as he fights to convert the ensuing free-kick.
    • 71' Del Nero cynically catches Gonzalez on the right wing and sees yellow.
    • 70' Santana is off, and Roberto Guana is on in the away side's final sub.
    • 68' Comotto fouls Kozak, and it was a bad one. I reckon he would have been booked if he wasn't already on a yellow. He's lucky to remain on the pitch.
    • 66' Kozak is denied the chance of a second by the offside flag.
    • 65' Simone Del Nero comes on for Pudil in Cesena's second change.
    • 64' I'd love to know what the two managers said at half-time now.
    • 63' The delivery comes in but Biava cannot get anything properly on it. It lands with Kozak though, who manouvres into space... and scores! Ten-man Lazio have turned this game around in ten minutes!
    • 62' Hernanes takes the free-kick but it's blocked away for a corner.
    • 61' Comotto is booked for a foul on Klose just outside the area on the left wing.
    • 60' Cesena have their arms raised for an offside but Lulic is on.. and he equalises!
    • 59' First substitution from the visitors as Iaquinta makes way for namesake Vincenzo Rennella.
    • 58' Pudil cannot get a good header to clear the in-swinger and it falls to Kozak! No, it doesn't! Just misses the outstretched leg of the sub!
    • 57' Now here come Lazio again, but they have to settle for the corner. Their fourth now, with Cesena yet to win one.
    • 55' SANTANA! Low shot rolls inches wide of the far post!
    • 54' Short pass into the area from Klose and the determined Brazillian goes between two defenders before absolutely hammering the ball into the roof of Antonoli's net.
    • 53' What a strike by Hernanes! Game on!
    • 52' Now it's the striker stopping play with a foul on Biava.
    • 50' Lulic fouls Iaquina.
    • 49' Ceccarelli is caught offside out on the right wing.
    • 48' Santana fouls Matuzalem in the centre of the park.
    • 47' Candreva is the player sacrificed, with Libor Kozak on in his place. Klose wriggles his way into space inside the box early on, but fires low straight at Antonoli.
    • 46' Second half is underway, and the hosts have belatedly made a sub to make amends for losing Konko at the back...
    • 45+1' Half-time. Lazio have a mountain to climb as they trail 2-0 at home to Cesena.
    • 45' One minute of added time to be played.
    • 44' Parolo tries his luck from distance, but it's blocked.
    • 43' Mutu gives away a silly free-kick sniffing around Biava for an opening.
    • 42' Klose is again caught offside. If only he had finished those two times he sprung the trap earlier...
    • 41' Hernanes has a shot closed down.
    • 40' And continuing the scrappy affair since the second goal, Mutu goes from victim to offender with a foul on Biava.
    • 38' Colucci catches Candreva now out on the right.
    • 37' Mutu's brought down by Gonzalez, but the free-kick fails to create a chance.
    • 36' It's all falling apart for Lazio now. They've bossed the early stages but were caught out big time on two occasions. It'll take a massive performance from the ten men to get back into this.
    • 34' Iaquinta... DOUBLES THE LEAD! Lazio are in dire straights with just under an hour left!
    • 33' Booking for Matuzalem's protesting as well before the spot kick...
    • 32' ...and he's brought down by Konko! Penalty! And a straight red for the last man! Konko is off!
    • 31' Lazio are caught out here once again, Mutu is through on goal....
    • 30' Mutu headers a Ceccarelli cross over the bar.
    • 28' Gonzalez is caught offside receiving a short pass on the right wing.
    • 27' Lazio's third corner of the game is dealt with as the other two were.
    • 26' Ledesma passes forward to Hernanes, who sprints into the box past Rodriguez, but the defender recovers to concede a corner.
    • 25' Matuzalem's early cross into the box from the left is almost brought down by Klose, but for Rodriguez's interception.
    • 24' Hernanes tees Klose up to fire well off-target from outside the box.
    • 22' Mutu fouls Biava, sparking a bit of a mini pull-apart, but nothing the referee cannot handle.
    • 21' Candreva has a long shot attempt quickly closed down.
    • 20' Now the visitors finally catch Klose out, as the flag goes up on another Ledesma through pass. Learning from their early disrepancies perhaps?
    • 19' Long ball from Cesena is seen out for a goal kick by Marchetti.
    • 17' Replays show the assist for Klose's last attempt goes to Ledesma. The first one on four minutes actually came from Lulic.
    • 16' That's twice Klose has breached the Cesena trap already, and both occasions really should have been turned into goals.
    • 15' Could there be an instant response here, as Klose chests down a long ball from the back, through on goal? No - from a tight angle his deft lop over the outrushing Antonoli goes wide of the far post!
    • 14' ...Iaquinta embarks on a good run just inside the right flank, keeping Biava at bay long enough to cross low for Mutu, who taps home the opening goal! The home side have been caught out early doors here!
    • 13' Lazio give possession away cheaply and Cesena launch a counter here...
    • 11' Klose bundles Comotto over and Cesena have another defensive free-kick.
    • 10' Hernanes puts too much behind the crossed delivery, and it sails past the crowded box.
    • 9' Konko loses possession on the right wing to a back-tracking Iaquita, but the striker did so illegally and has conceded a free-kick just outside the box on that right-hand side.
    • 8' The set piece is half-cleared, and then finally cleared before the loose ball can fall into dangerous hands (or in this case, feet).
    • 7' From the free-kick, all the hosts can do is earn themselves their second corner of the game.
    • 6' Rodriguez slides in on Hernanes and Lazio have a central free-kick 25 yards or so from goal.
    • 5' Now Cesena try their luck as they break from the resulting corner, and it's Iaquinta who tests Marchetti.
    • 4' First big chance of the game as Klose receives Ledesma's short pass into the box and the onside German's attempt at a cool finish is well blocked by an alert Antonoli.
    • 3' Antonioli safely catches an overcooked long punt upfield.
    • 2' Hernanes catches Parolo and Cesena have a free-kick inside their own half.
    • 1' And here we go.
    • 19:40 TEAMS - Lazio: Marchetti, Zauri, Biava, Lulic, Konko, Matuzalem, Ledesma, Candreva, Gonzalez, Hernanes, Klose. Subs: Scaloni, Stankevicius, Garrido, Bizarri, Kozak, Zampa, Rozzi. /// Cesena: Antonoli, Rodriguez, Lauro, Comotto, Parolo, Santana, Colucci, Pudil, Ceccarelli, Mutu, Iaquina. Subs: Ravaglia, Rossi, Guana, Den Nero, Martinez, Martinho, Rennella.
    • 19:35 Edy Reja: "We are not in the best condition. The game at Genoa looked more like ice-skating. It should have been postponed but instead we went home with no points despite playing better than our rivals, and with three injured players. We hope things will get better. From an injury standpoint, I have never seen anything like it." Daniele Arrigoni: "We have to be cynical, exploiting the three or four chances that come our way."
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Serie A fixture between Lazio and Cesena!
  • Summary

    • 85' COMOTTO! Off-target, but that would have been some goal from a shade over 20 yards. Looked set to deliver a ball, but instead went for it.
    • 63' The delivery comes in but Biava cannot get anything properly on it. It lands with Kozak though, who manouvres into space... and scores! Ten-man Lazio have turned this game around in ten minutes!
    • 60' Cesena have their arms raised for an offside but Lulic is on.. and he equalises!
    • 58' Pudil cannot get a good header to clear the in-swinger and it falls to Kozak! No, it doesn't! Just misses the outstretched leg of the sub!
    • 55' SANTANA! Low shot rolls inches wide of the far post!
    • 53' What a strike by Hernanes! Game on!
    • 34' Iaquinta... DOUBLES THE LEAD! Lazio are in dire straights with just under an hour left!
    • 32' ...and he's brought down by Konko! Penalty! And a straight red for the last man! Konko is off!
    • 15' Could there be an instant response here, as Klose chests down a long ball from the back, through on goal? No - from a tight angle his deft lop over the outrushing Antonoli goes wide of the far post!
    • 14' ...Iaquinta embarks on a good run just inside the right flank, keeping Biava at bay long enough to cross low for Mutu, who taps home the opening goal! The home side have been caught out early doors here!
    • 4' First big chance of the game as Klose receives Ledesma's short pass into the box and the onside German's attempt at a cool finish is well blocked by an alert Antonoli.
    • 19:40 TEAMS - Lazio: Marchetti, Zauri, Biava, Lulic, Konko, Matuzalem, Ledesma, Candreva, Gonzalez, Hernanes, Klose. Subs: Scaloni, Stankevicius, Garrido, Bizarri, Kozak, Zampa, Rozzi. /// Cesena: Antonoli, Rodriguez, Lauro, Comotto, Parolo, Santana, Colucci, Pudil, Ceccarelli, Mutu, Iaquina. Subs: Ravaglia, Rossi, Guana, Den Nero, Martinez, Martinho, Rennella.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Lazio

    Manager: Edoardo Reja

  • Cesena

    Manager: Daniele Arrigoni

  • Line-up

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