Saturday January 5 2013
Petkovic hails Lazio fightback

Vladimir Petkovic believes the fightback to beat Cagliari was “a show of character” from Lazio.

The Biancocelesti were trailing 1-0, but eventually won 2-1 thanks to Abdoullay Konko and a contentious Antonio Candreva penalty.

“We didn’t suffer that much other than a few opportunities. Even if we weren’t that sharp tonight, we still created a great deal,” said the Coach.

“It was a show of character, managing to fight back and turn around the result. The players always believe they can do it.”

Cagliari were furious at the penalty because Miroslav Klose had already taken his shot when colliding with Michael Agazzi.

“I didn’t see the penalty incident from the bench, but there was certainly contact. The fact remains we played as a collective and reacted well to going behind.”

Lazio reach the halfway stage of the season with 39 points, on a par with the tally Sven Goran Eriksson’s side had on their way to the 1999-00 Scudetto.

However, there was a moment during the first half when Cagliari’s bench complained of racist chants aimed at Victor Ibarbo.

The captains discussed the matter with the referee and a message was sent over the tannoy system warning the game would be stopped if they continued.

The majority of the Lazio crowd also reacted against the chants by trying to drown them out.