SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 11 Jan 2014 (19.45 UK)
0 - 0 Lazio
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara

Miroslav Klose wasted a golden opportunity, while Rolando Bianchi forced a fine save as Bologna held Lazio on Davide Ballardini’s debut.

Coach Ballardini made his debut on the Bologna bench against his former club, replacing the sacked Stefano Pioli. Edy Reja had won his opener with Lazio, beating Inter 1-0, but moved Senad Lulic to left-back as a replacement for the suspended Stefan Radu. Etrit Berisha was again in goal, as Federico Marchetti and Lorik Cana were injured. Alessandro Diamanti returned from suspension for the hosts, though Francesco Della Rocca and Andrea Mantovani sat out bans.

Lazio were without an away victory this season, but their last meeting at the Stadio Olimpico ended 6-0.

Diamanti tested Berisha twice in the opening four minutes, but the Biancocelesti then settled into a more balanced pattern.

Bologna created a fantastic scoring opportunity in a very well-worked team move, which concluded with Rolando Bianchi’s back-heel flick from seven yards, forcing Berisha into a crucial reaction save with his leg.

Lazio were toothless in the first half, so introduced ex-Barcelona teenager Keita Balde for Felipe Anderson. Diamanti threaded through to send Bianchi clear, but Giuseppe Biava was decisive in his sliding tackle.

Gianluca Curci was fortunate not to concede an own goal when Antonio Candreva’s cross was met by a comical Cesare Natali fresh-air clearance. Miroslav Klose then just failed to get on the end of a dangerous Pedro Cavanda cross.

Diamanti dribbled past Hernanes only to drill wide, but Klose wasted an absolutely glorious opportunity on 70 minutes. Candreva whipped in a cross from the right that bounced just in front of him and the German ballooned over the bar from seven yards.

Berisha smothered a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos snapshot, but Panagiotis Kone went extremely close with his volley inches wide from a Diamanti assist.


: Curci; Antonsson, Natali, Cherubin (Cech 72); Garics, Christodoulopoulos, Pazienza, Kone, Morleo (Krhin 79); Diamanti; Bianchi
Lazio: Berisha; Cavanda, Biava, Dias, Lulic; Candreva (Ederson 71), Ledesma, Gonzalez (Onazi 90), Hernanes, Anderson (Keita 46); Klose
Ref: Celi