Saturday September 18, 2010 Day 3 Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina 1 - 2 Lazio

  1. Ljajic 19’ (pen.)
  1. Ledesma 32’
  2. Kozák 67’

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  1. Fiorentina undone by Lazio comeback

    Fiorentina undone by Lazio comeback

    Lazio came from behind to grab a vital 2-1 away win and extend Fiorentina’s winless streak. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fiorentina
    • Lazio
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! And Lazio take the three points! They probably deserved it on the basis of their second half display, but they'll still be very disappointed to come away from a home game which they led with no points. Some of the Fiorentina fans are booing them off. Two wins from the first three games makes the picture look brighter at Lazio.
    • 90+2' Now they move forward. Marchionni's cross is blocked by the first man, though.
    • 90+1' Fiorentina are still in their own half, and they are struggling to rouse a final chance here.
    • 90' Three added minutes to play.
    • 89' Into the dying moments, and a calm Lazio win a free kick by the corner flag.
    • 88' Clumsy challenge from Gamberini earns him a booking - only the second of the game.
    • 87' Good ball for Gilardino, and while he cannot shoot he can help the ball across to De Silvestri for a dangerous low cross - which misses everyone.
    • 86' Gonzalez replaces Mauri, who has had an excellent game for Lazio.
    • 85' Vargas is not Roberto Carlos. De Silvestri lashes at the rebound from the edge of the box but Muslera gathers it.
    • 84' Zanetti wins a free kick which is really only in Roberto Carlos' range.
    • 83' Messy on the edge of the six yard box! Babacar scraps for the ball and Lazio just - just - get the ball away.
    • 81' That cross from Marchionni was only six inches above Gilardino's head, but the referee blows for a free kick against him anyway.
    • 80' Half a chance! Hernanes sends it right, the cross comes back towards Kozak, whose header deflects away for a corner.
    • 79' A ball forward from a free kick from halfway misses everyone and Vargas finds the arms of Muslera instead.
    • 78' Goal kick for Muslera, who will be more than happy to send it long.
    • 77' Kozak shows good strength to gain a few yards for Lazio. Fiorentina trying their best to push, however.
    • 76' Muslera claims another hopeful ball forward and looks to get Mauri on the run down the left immediately.
    • 75' Lazio coasting now, and they'll be more than happy to run the clock down in the last 15 minutes. Can Fiorentina summon something special?
    • 74' Chance for Fiorentina again - why was it that Gilardino didn't get his shot away? It looked so prom,ising, but he didn't have an attempt.
    • 72' But there's a huge chance for Babacar, whose shot from close range goes straight into the path of Muslera!
    • 72' Gilardino has the ball in the area but his back is to goal and he cannot turn.
    • 71' Well cleared by the Fiorentina defence - Ledesma's ball had good shape on it. But Fiorentina need to make their presence felt at the other end.
    • 70' Free kick from a good position on the right for Lazio here - a chance which interests Ledesma...
    • 68' Ljajic is off, and Babacar, the promising Senegalese striker, is in his place...
    • 67' It's Kozak's first goal in Serie A, and that's prompted a sub for Fiorentina.
    • 66' GOAL FOR LAZIO! KOZAK GETS IT! It was Mauri on the left who did so much of the work - then his cross was met by Hernanes who forced a great save from Hernanes, but the moment his parry fell into Kozak's path the game was up for Fiorentina!
    • 65' If the game finishes this way, Fiorentina will be 15th and Lazio 7th - but every other club still has a game in hand. The draw suits Lazio more than the home side.
    • 64' Mauri shimmies delightfully out of a tackle, but he appears so pleased to have created the space that he feels obliged to shoot. It's wide and harmless, and a pass would have been better.
    • 63' Fiorentina look to move out, but they're struggling to get beyond their own hlaf in the face of a well-organised Lazio.
    • 62' Hernanes dispossessed by Marchionni and wins a throw in right by the corner flag.
    • 61' Needless handball number two of the last few minutes - this time it's Ljajic for Fiorentina in the centre circle.
    • 60' Kozak replaces Rocchi in Lazio's second change.
    • 59' Terrible ball from Marchionni almost allows Hernanes a gift of a counter attack, but not to be this time. The ball rockets upfield towards Gilardino, who goes down clutching his head after attempting an overhead kick from outside the area after meeting Biava's foot on the way down.
    • 58' Vargas was wasteful in the first half with a long shot, and he is again here - but on this occasion he's somewhat closer with a half-volley from outside the box.
    • 57' Ljajic skips through two challenges and fires a shot just wide of the post from 25 yards. Remind me, why did Manchester United pull out of the deal for him?
    • 56' Matuzalem nearly latched on to that free kick, but Frey claims it in time.
    • 55' Hopeful long ball from Fiorentina, and Ledesma wins a free kick for some rather depressing play-acting.
    • 54' Marchionni causes trouble for Dias on the left, but the Lazio defender has the last laugh and wins the goal kick.
    • 53' The game is simmering rather than sizzling. Both sides still getting into good positions, but there's a sense of fear in the play now, a sense there might be something to lose.
    • 52' Somewhat unnecessary handball from Mauri and the referee just metres away from him spots it at once.
    • 51' Poor touch from Gilardino takes the ball out of his control after a good run from Montolivo.
    • 50' Lichtsteiner gives away a corner, but he's the one who clears it for his Lazio side.
    • 49' Questionable decision from Frey to head an aimless ball on the edge of the box - but it has the desired effect of keeping the ball away from Rocchi. Just.
    • 48' Hernanes has the ball in a good position in the box, but he cannot find the space to fire a shot, and drifts wider and wider.
    • 47' From OptaPaolo on Twitter: "Fiorentina are winless in Serie A since March (a 4-1 win with Udinese); since then, the Viola lost 5 times and shared the points 4. Dry"
    • 46' Free kick for Lazio deep in their own half. And another when sub Marchionni brings Mauri down.
    • 45' The second half begins!
    • 45' Two subs - one per side for the second half. Marchionni replaces Cerci for Fiorentina, and Brocchi comes on for Bresciano for the visitors.
    • - Lots to enjoy - Ljajic and Cerci look bright for the home side, Mauri and Hernanes equally dangerous for the visitors. Both sides have had chances, and there's no telling which way this result will go. We'll be back in a few minutes to find out how it does turn out, though - join us then.
    • 45' We play all of four seconds of injury time, and we will have a few moments to get our breath back after a lively first half which finished level.
    • 44' Cerci's down clutching his knee, and it's no surprise after Radu slides in recklessly. No surprise, either, that the referee now has to issue his first card of the game.
    • 43' Long ball from Dias which Bresciano had no hope of controlling.
    • 42' Cerci and Radu have a frank exchange of views after Radu has a little kick out at the Fiorentina man. Cerci pushes him, but the referee defuses the situation without getting the cards out.
    • 42' Rocchi's touch lets him down after a quick ball from Hernanes.
    • 41' There's always space for Vargas on the left - he opts to cut the ball inside for Cerci who has drifted in, and he tries a long shot which sails wide.
    • 40' Muslera kicks it into the Fiorentina half, and they quickly win a free kick deep which Ledesma takes short to get Lazio back on the move.
    • 39' Ljajic skips past a couple of challenges in midfield before being ushered off the ball - but he's shown flashes of real skill.
    • 38' Hernanes moves upfield with the ball from the corner and relieves the pressure on Lazio after some tough moments.
    • 37' Fiorentina build patiently on the edge of the box and win a corner.
    • 36' End-to-end stuff! Rocchi goes close with a long-range half-volley! He controlled well and it was only a yard or two too high...
    • 36' THE BALL'S IN THE NET - BUT OFFSIDE! Gilardino heads home a deep cross but he's half a yard further upfield than he should be...
    • 35' Mauri is pulling all the strings for Lazio - he's had a superb game so far.
    • 34' BUT WHEN THEY DO BRESCIANO HAS A CHANCE! He looks offside but there's no flag, and perhaps he cannot believe he's through because he snatches at his shot from just inside the box!
    • 33' Lazio stroke the ball around in their own area between the back four. No rush to move it on.
    • 32' Redemption for Ledesma, who gave away the penalty from which Fiorentina took the lead!
    • 31' LEDESMA LEVELS FOR LAZIO! The ball broke to him after Mauri's run, and Ledesma drilled it with power and pace. It tookl a deflection from Pasqual and that threw Frey. All square!
    • 30' Kroldrup causes mischief in the box and wins a third successive Fiorentina corner, but this time Lazio clear their lines.
    • 29' Ljajic's ball in is a dangerous one which looks like it will fall to Gilardino's feet - it doesn't quite, but Cerci has a shy from the rebound and wins another corner from the far side.
    • 28' Montolivo applauds a ball from Ljajic his direction - Lichtsteiner gets there first and concedes the corner.
    • 27' Dias runs straight over the top of Gilardino looking for a header and the Fiorentina man wins a free kick.
    • 26' Pasqual breaks down the left but nobody gets themselves into a good position in the middle to meet his ball in.
    • 24' Mauri picks a pocket on the edge of the penalty area and very nearly finds Hernanes with a sublime chipped cross. Not quite - but a warning to Fiorentina.
    • 23' Chance for Lazio! Mauri made a good run, backheeling for the Hernanes - his shot is blocked. Bresciano latches on to the rebound, and lashes it high rather than placing it. A very decent chance goes begging for the visitors.
    • 22' Cross comes in from Vargas, and Muslera makes a confident rush to claim.
    • 21' Goal kick for Muslera. Coach Edoardo Reja needs to shore up his side, who keep being exposed on the wings.
    • 20' Fiorentina run down to the other end and in no time at all Cerci has a half chance from an angle and if he'd made a better connection, it might have been two! He's been the brigh spark in the first twenty minutes for Fiorentina though.
    • 19' Gilardino and Lichtsteiner clash. Free kick for Lazio.
    • 18' FIORENTINA LEAD! Ljajic takes it - he goes left and the keeper goes right! A confident strike! His first goal in Italian football!
    • 17' PENALTY! Cerci's legs look to be taken by Ledesma! He doesn't like the decision, and to be fair he didn't make huge contact.
    • 16' Lazio quickly get up to the other end and Rocchi tries a scissored volley which doesn't have enough on it to worry Frey.
    • 15' Chance for Fiorentina! Deep cross from Vargas met by Gilardino, but he cannot keep his header on target.
    • 14' Zanetti's ball crossfield is struck far too hard and we have a little pause as Lazio prepare a throw-in.
    • 13' Fiorentina corner comes to nothing, but certainly it's the side in purple who look more likely to score in these early exchanges.
    • 12' CHANCE FOR MONTOLIVO! And he doesn't do well! It's a good move which gets the ball to Cerci on the right, he cuts back for his team-mate whose head is up and he smacks it well over the bar from only 12 yards!
    • 11' Chaos in the middle as the ball bounces from one side to another. Hernanes eventually breaks for Lazio but cannot thread the crucial pass Rocchi's way.
    • 10' Waste! It's a great ball from Ljajic to find Vargas on the left - it's screaming for a cross but instead he opts for a hopelessly ambitious shot from a narrow angle.
    • 9' Muslera is called into action at the other end to claim a ball before Gilardino gets a sniff of it.
    • 8' Better spell of possession from Lazio, but the hosts are keeping them at a distance. Hernanes eventually opts for a shot from distance, but it's short of power and placement - Frey scoops it up with ease.
    • 7' Good defence from Gamberini, who shepherds the ball away from Bresciano and slides it across for Pasqual to move.
    • 6' Another good attack with Ceric getting space on the right. He tries a cross intot he middle but it rebounds off Radu into Cerci and out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Cerci flattened by Dias and the home fans don't think very much of that - even less so when the referee opts to award the away side the free kick.
    • 4' Ledesma picks up the ball from deep, looks for Hernanes but the Fiorentina defence deny him the options, and the move fizzles out.
    • 3' Lichsteiner and Mauri play themselves out of the defence until Pasqual brings Mauri down for a Lazio free kick.
    • 2' Big goal kick from Musluera which shapes off to the right and gives Fiorentina a throw in in their own half.
    • 1' Fiorentina start brightly and there's a good cross from Vargas which interests Ljajic - corner for the hosts.
    • 1' Away we go!
    • 16:55 How will Fiorentina fare without Jovetic? Can Lazio take advantage of their weakened opponents? We're about to find out!
    • 16:55 The players are on the field, the handshakes have been shaken, and we're almost ready to go.
    • 16:50 TEAM NEWS IS IN:
    • - FIORENTINA: Frey - De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Gamberini, Pasqual - Zanetti, Montolivo, Cerci, Ljajic, Vargas - Gilardino
    • - LAZIO: Muslera - Lichtsteiner, Biava, Dias, Radu - Ledesma, Matuzalem, Bresciano, Hernanes, Mauri - Rocchi
    • 16:40 It's the sort of game which looks very appetising, but Serie A has been a struggle for both teams so far. After two games, Fiorentina have drawn once and lost to newcomers Lecce last week. Lazio won that day 3-1 against Bologna, but have also been beaten by Sampdoria on the first day of the season. Both will be expecting things to pick up - and quickly.
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from the Artemio Franchi where Fiorentina are in action against Lazio.
  • Summary

    • 72' But there's a huge chance for Babacar, whose shot from close range goes straight into the path of Muslera!
    • 66' GOAL FOR LAZIO! KOZAK GETS IT! It was Mauri on the left who did so much of the work - then his cross was met by Hernanes who forced a great save from Hernanes, but the moment his parry fell into Kozak's path the game was up for Fiorentina!
    • 36' End-to-end stuff! Rocchi goes close with a long-range half-volley! He controlled well and it was only a yard or two too high...
    • 34' BUT WHEN THEY DO BRESCIANO HAS A CHANCE! He looks offside but there's no flag, and perhaps he cannot believe he's through because he snatches at his shot from just inside the box!
    • 32' Redemption for Ledesma, who gave away the penalty from which Fiorentina took the lead!
    • 31' LEDESMA LEVELS FOR LAZIO! The ball broke to him after Mauri's run, and Ledesma drilled it with power and pace. It tookl a deflection from Pasqual and that threw Frey. All square!
    • 23' Chance for Lazio! Mauri made a good run, backheeling for the Hernanes - his shot is blocked. Bresciano latches on to the rebound, and lashes it high rather than placing it. A very decent chance goes begging for the visitors.
    • 18' FIORENTINA LEAD! Ljajic takes it - he goes left and the keeper goes right! A confident strike! His first goal in Italian football!
    • 17' PENALTY! Cerci's legs look to be taken by Ledesma! He doesn't like the decision, and to be fair he didn't make huge contact.
    • 12' CHANCE FOR MONTOLIVO! And he doesn't do well! It's a good move which gets the ball to Cerci on the right, he cuts back for his team-mate whose head is up and he smacks it well over the bar from only 12 yards!
    • 1' Fiorentina start brightly and there's a good cross from Vargas which interests Ljajic - corner for the hosts.
    • 16:50 TEAM NEWS IS IN:
    • - FIORENTINA: Frey - De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Gamberini, Pasqual - Zanetti, Montolivo, Cerci, Ljajic, Vargas - Gilardino
    • - LAZIO: Muslera - Lichtsteiner, Biava, Dias, Radu - Ledesma, Matuzalem, Bresciano, Hernanes, Mauri - Rocchi
    • 16:40 It's the sort of game which looks very appetising, but Serie A has been a struggle for both teams so far. After two games, Fiorentina have drawn once and lost to newcomers Lecce last week. Lazio won that day 3-1 against Bologna, but have also been beaten by Sampdoria on the first day of the season. Both will be expecting things to pick up - and quickly.
    • 16:30 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE updates from the Artemio Franchi where Fiorentina are in action against Lazio.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Fiorentina

    Manager: Siniša Mihajlovic

  • Lazio

    Manager: Edoardo Reja

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • S. Frey
      • L. De Silvestri
      • P. Krøldrup
      • A. Gamberini Yellow Card
      • M. Pasqual
      • C. Zanetti
      • R. Montolivo
      • A. Cerci Substitution Out (45′)
      • A. Ljajic Goal Substitution Out (68′)
      • J. Vargas
      • A. Gilardino

      Subs

      • G. Comotto
      • M. Marchionni Substitution In45′
      • M. Donadel
      • M. Santana
      • A. Boruc
      • Felipe
      • K. Babacar Substitution In68′
    • Starting line-up

      • F. Muslera
      • S. Lichtsteiner
      • G. Biava
      • A. Dias
      • S. Radu Yellow Card
      • C. Ledesma Goal
      • Matuzalém
      • M. Bresciano Substitution Out (45′)
      • Hernanes
      • S. Mauri Substitution Out (86′)
      • T. Rocchi Substitution Out (60′)

      Subs

      • G. Stendardo
      • M. Zárate
      • T. Berni
      • &. González Substitution In86′
      • L. Kozák Substitution In60′ Goal
      • C. Brocchi Substitution In45′
      • L. Cavanda
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