SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 34 - 19 Apr 2014 (14.00 UK)
Lazio 3 - 3 Torino
Mauri 42 (L), Kurtic 51 (T), Candreva pen 61, 94 (L), Tachtsidis 67 (T), Immobile 88 (T)
Stadio Olimpico

Torino twice fought back from a goal down, but 10-man Lazio grabbed a 3-3 draw with the last kick of the game.

This was practically a play-off for the Europa League spots, as these teams were locked together with Milan in joint seventh place. Only the top six in Serie A will enter Europe this season, so this was clearly a decisive crossroads in the campaign.

Both sides were missing many key players. Lazio had Lorik Cana suspended with Miroslav Klose, Federico Marchetti, Abdoulay Konko, Andre Dias, Alvaro Gonzalez and Ederson sidelined, but Lucas Biglia returned from his ban in a new 3-4-3 formation. Torino had second top scorer Alessio Cerci stopped by the Disciplinary Commission, so Riccardo Meggiorini partnered Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile. Giovanni Pasquale, Marcelo Larrondo, Migjen Basha, Alexander Farnerud, Salvatore Masiello and Guillermo Rodriguez failed to make the trip.

Toro had the stronger start with Matteo Darmian’s pull-back deflected off Pedro Luis Cavanda and Etrit Berisha needing a reaction save to deny an own goal. Lazio reacted and Antonio Candreva ran on to a Keita assist only to be kept out by Daniele Padelli’s legs at the near post.

Stefano Mauri nodded over the bar from a Keita cross, but the ball needed to be replaced when it popped at the feet of Omar El Kaddouri.

Keita curled a wonderful finish across the face of goal that skimmed the back post. A trademark Cesare Bovo free kick smacked against the crossbar for Torino, as it remained a wide open game.

Stefan Radu unleashed a screamer from all of 30 metres that Padelli palmed out for a corner.

Lazio finally found a way through just before half-time. Lucas Biglia’s free kick was knocked back from the by-line by Diego Novaretti for a Mauri cushioned header.

Toro drew level after the restart, as Riccardo Meggiorini pulled an assist back across the face of goal for an unmarked Jasmin Kurtic to sidefoot comfortably from eight yards.

Mauri wasted the chance to restore Lazio’s advantage, firing over from a promising counter-attack. Keita burst into the penalty area and Padelli caught his ankle for a penalty. Candreva took on the responsibility and kept his cool to beat the goalkeeper with a Panenka-style chip.

Once again, Torino clawed their way back into the game, as a corner fell to Panagiotis Tachtsidis for the ex-Roma midfielder’s low volley from 10 yards that went through a sea of legs to surprise Berisha. He had only been on the field for 120 seconds.

Lazio went down to 10 men, as Diego Novaretti received a second yellow card for stopping Ciro Immobile’s counter-attack.

Toro were fired up and Berisha twice had to parry shots from Immobile, but the third proved lucky, as the Capocannoniere blasted a powerful finish into the near top corner from 10 yards.

Just as it seemed to be over, Lazio snatched an equaliser with the last kick of the game. A wayward shot turned into an assist for Candreva, who was being kept onside and beat Padelli at the near post.


Lazio: Berisha; Biava, Novaretti, Radu; Cavanda (Helder Postiga 71), Biglia, Ledesma, Lulic; Candreva, Mauri (Anderson 71), Keita (Pereirinha 84)
Torino: Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Maksimovic, Kurtic (Tachtsidis 65), Vives, El Kaddouri (Gazzi 91), Darmian; Immobile, Meggiorini (Barreto 80)
Ref: Guida

Sent off: Novaretti 79 (L)