SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 1 - 21 Dec 2011 (19.45 UK)
Lazio 0 - 0 Chievo
Stadio Olimpico

Lazio were very fortunate to get away with a point here, as Chievo dominated and forced Albano Bizzarri into a series of saves.

Djibril Cisse returned to the starting XI and hoped to end his goal drought, having only scored on his Serie A debut back in September. The Biancocelesti missed Cristian Brocchi, Stephen Makinwa, Federico Marchetti, Stefano Mauri, Giuseppe Sculli and Francelino Matuzalem. Chievo were without Luca Rigoni and Drame.

Within the opening minute, Chievo had rattled the frame of the goal, as Bostjan Cesar pounced on a defensive error to see his shot deflected on to the bar. Alberto Paloschi also got on the end of a howler in the box after Abdoullay Konko slipped, but Albano Bizzarri managed to quash the danger.

Bizzarri was single-handedly keeping Lazio in the game with another desperate save on Sergio Pellissier, who tried to dribble round him from a Michael Bradley through ball.

Chievo thought they had scored with a stunning diving header from Cesar, but Bizzarri flew for an incredible fingertip save under the bar.

The Flying Donkeys risked a sensational goal on 34 minutes, as Luciano went from his own half to shrug off three different challenges, but Bizzarri incredibly palmed the finish just wide.

Lazio were awful in the first half, so Edy Reja changed by replacing Hernanes and moving to a 4-4-2, but it didn’t stop Chievo dominating, as Pellissier’s header skimmed the bar.The Biancocelesti finally got their first corner of the game after 66 minutes. Their first actual chance was on 71 minutes, as Miroslav Klose fired wide.

However, it was still mainly Chievo and Bizzarri flew to beat away a Cyril Thereau half-volley with his defence AWOL.

Nicolas Frey accidentally deflected a Senad Lulic strike inches past the post, while Konko had to stop Pellissier pulling the trigger on the counter.

Klose’s glancing header skimmed the woodwork and Morero had to charge down Tommaso Rocchi’s effort. At the final whistle, Lazio were booed off the pitch.


Lazio: Bizzarri; Konko (Kozak 84), Biava, Dias, Radu; Cana, Ledesma, Lulic; Hernanes (Gonzalez 46); Klose, Cissé (Rocchi 64)
Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic; Luciano (Sammarco 74), Bradley, Hetemaj; Thereau (Morero 80); Pellissier, Paloschi (Moscardelli 71)
Ref: Brighi