SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 27 - 9 Mar 2014 (14.00 UK)
Lazio 0 - 1 Atalanta
Maxi Moralez 60 (A)
Stadio Olimpico

Maxi Moralez gave Atalanta a shock win away to 10-man Lazio, who felt the tension from another fan protest.

The Stadio Olimpico was practically deserted due to the continuing fan protest against President Claudio Lotito, as only 2,000 tickets were sold for this game. Banners in the stands read ‘It’s him or us’ and ‘Lazio is ours.’ Despite their Europa League exit to Bulgarians Ludogorets, the Biancocelesti had won two Serie A games in a row and were looking for a third against an Atalanta side that was comfortably mid-table.

Cristian Ledesma, Helder Postiga, Andre Dias and Ederson missed out for the hosts, while Gianpaolo Bellini, Riccardo Cazzola, Luca Cigarini and Moussa Kone didn’t make the trip.

Keita Balde Diao, who turned 19 yesterday, had early penalty appeals for a coming together with Yohan Benalouane. Marcelo Estigarribia couldn’t keep his shot down when running on to a Giacomo Bonaventura cross.

Lazio had the ball in the back of the net with Alvaro Gonzalez after 20 minutes, but play had already been stopped for Keita’s shove on Davide Brivio.

Abdoulay Konko’s misplaced cross turned into a shot that clipped the top of the bar, then Andrea Consigli flew to palm a long-range Antonio Candreva free kick out from under the woodwork.

Maxi Moralez’s first touch let him down when he ran on to a German Denis assist and Guglielmo Stendardo’s towering header was inches wide at the back post.

Consigli got down to palm another Candreva snapshot round the far post and blocked a Lucas Biglia effort after the restart.

For all their pressure, it was Lazio who found themselves behind. Brivio’s cross from the left found Estigarribia’s header, forcing a Federico Marchetti reaction save at the back post, but Maxi Moralez pounced on the loose ball.

Moments later Lazio tried to fight back from a corner, but Giuseppe Biava’s shot from six yards was deflected off target.

The situation got even worse for the Biancocelesti, as Candreva was sent off, receiving a second yellow card for simulation in the box.

Even with 10 men they kept pushing and Biava scuffed a Klose knockdown inches past the far post. 


Lazio: Marchetti; Konko, Biava, Cana (Perea 76), Radu; Onazi (Lulic 46), Biglia, Gonzalez; Candreva, Klose (Kakuta 86), Keita
Atalanta: Consigli; Benalouane, Yepes, Stendardo (Lucchini 79), Brivio; Estigarribia, Carmona, Baselli, Bonaventura; Maxi Moralez (Raimondi 85); Denis
Ref: Peruzzo

Sent off: Candreva 64 (L)