Lazio lost another pre-season friendly, this time 1-0 to Galatasaray, but there were some improvements in the performance.
Vladimir Petkovic’s reign is taking a while to settle in, as the Biancocelesti have fallen to numerous defeats this summer against the likes of Siena and Torino.
The Biancocelesti knew they had a tough test in Turkey against Fatih Terim’s men, who included former Olimpico goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Within six minutes Emre Colak had left Federico Marchetti standing with a left-foot volley that cracked against the woodwork.
Hernanes and Antonio Candreva combined to waste a golden opportunity and were made to pay when Galatasaray scored on the counter-attack with Johan Elmander.
Lazio really should’ve equalised before the break, but Sergio Floccari could only find the crossbar and Candreva incredibly missed an open goal on the follow-up.
Stefano Mauri’s volley skimmed the upright and substitute Mauro Zarate’s lob was off target, while Cristian Ledesma needed a crucial tackle to stop Burak Yilmaz.
The Romans seemed to improve after switching to a 4-4-2 system and had chances to equalise through Zarate and Miroslav Klose.
Galatasaray 1-0 Lazio
Scorers: Elmander 16 (G)
Galatasaray: Muslera; Eboue, Semih, Ujfalusi, Hakan Balta; Hamit Altintop, Selcuk Inan, Engin Baytar, Emre Colak; Burak Yilmaz, Elmander
Lazio: Marchetti; Konko, Dias, Biava, Lulic (Rocchi 78); Cana (Gonzalez), Ledesma; Candreva (Onazi 80), Hernanes (Zarate 54), Mauri (Cavanda 61); Floccari (Klose 71)