Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 31 Finished Stadio Olimpico

Lazio 3 - 1 Napoli

  • Candreva 9’
  • Mauri 68’
  • Ledesma 81’ (pen.)
  • Pandev 34’

  1. Lazio secure vital win over Napoli

    Lazio secure vital win over Napoli

    Lazio secured a vital win in their pursuit of Champions League football - beating Napoli 3-1 in an absorbing contest at the Stadio Olimpico. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Lazio
    • Napoli
    • 90' FULL TIME. Lazio secure a huge win in their pursuit of Champions League football. It ends 3-1 to Lazio.
    • 90' Brocchi sees yellow for a foul.
    • 89' Lazio sub: Scalono in, Candreva off.
    • 88' Biava is booked for a foul.
    • 87' The home fans are really finding their voice now. Cheering their side over the finish line. It's been a superb display by the home side.
    • 85' Inler goes for goal with an ambitious effort from distance, but it wasn't one of his better efforts. The midfielder still hasn't scored for Napoli in Serie A.
    • 83' That goal should seal a vital win in Lazio's hope to secure Champions League football next season.
    • 81' GOAL! Ledesma buries the penalty into the top left corner and Lazio lead 3-1.
    • 80' PENALTY TO LAZIO! Inler sells Britos short with a sloppy pass that Rocchi intercepts, and Britos trips the striker in the box.
    • 80' Napoli sub: Vargas on, Pandev off.
    • 79' Napoli's Dzemaili goes into the book for a foul.
    • 78' Chance for Lazio as Candreva makes another superb run down the left and cuts the ball back to Gonzalez. He lays it off to Mauri, but he can't keep his shot down.
    • 77' Lazio sub: Brocchi on, Cana off
    • 76' Napoli sub: Dossena on, Aronica off
    • 75' Hamsik puts the ball in the net but the flag is up against Cavani, who was ON side as the ball was played into him. A bad call by the assistant referee.
    • 73' Napoli doing all the attacking at the moment but Lazio have been lifted by their goal, and are defending brilliantly to keep them out.
    • 71' Napoli look stunned after that strike. And you can't blame them. That goal was just ridiculous.
    • 70' GOAL! Mauri scores for Lazio with one of the goals of the season! Radu puts a cross in from the left and Mauri meets it with an explosive overhead kick that flies into the roof of the net! WHAT. A. GOAL!!
    • 68' But this is an end-to-end contest and now Lazio have a corner.
    • 67' Napoli continue to press through Hamsik, but his dangerous low cross is cut out by Ledesma.
    • 65' Lazio get the ball clear - this has been such an absorbing game. But you feel it may have a sting in the tail for one of these sides.
    • 64' The pendulum is swinging Napoli's way now. Lavezzi forces a Napoli corner, and now Lazio are forced to defend.
    • 62' Right on cue, Cannavaro puts in a hefty challenge on Rocchi on the halfway line and is the first player to be booked tonight.
    • 60' Radu is penalised for a shove on Campagnaro and then has a go at the referee. Tempers fraying here.
    • 58' Lazio are really pinning Napoli back here - the first time we've seen that tonight.
    • 56' A long ball is nodded down by Mauri on the edge of the box to Rocchi, who drills a low effort that De Sanctis initially spills before gathering.
    • 54' Which way will it go tonight? Let me know on Twitter
    • 53' As things stand, Lazio still hold that third Champions League place - but a Napoli winner would see the teams swap positions. So much to play for here.
    • 52' Huge chance for Lazio as Candreva fires a low effort that De Sanctis spills but Campagnaro takes it off the toes of Rocchi before the Lazio man is able to get a shot away.
    • 50' Campagnaro and Biava are having a tussle in the box and the free-kick goes Campagnaro's way. Lazio fans were excited for a second as they thought the referee was pointing to the penalty spot.
    • 48' Lavezzi is enjoying himself out there. He beats Konko and fires a shot just over the bar.
    • 47' Huge chance for Napoli! Huge. Lavezzi gets into a great position on the left and his powerful low cross into the six yard area only needed a touch Pandev, but the Macedonian just couldn't get the touch it needed.
    • 46' Lazio sub: Gonzalez on, Hernanes off.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Napoli get us underway again.
    • 45' HALF TIME. We come to the end of the first half, with the score Lazio 1-1 Napoli.
    • 42' Napoli denied a clear penalty! Pandev drives into a shooting position on the right and Cana makes a clear bodycheck on the Napoli man. Unbelievably, nothing is given.
    • 40' Lavezzi looks for the run of Cavani, but Diakite is alert to the danger and gets between Cavani and Marchetti.
    • 39' Lazio have been focusing their attacks down the right and Konko gets some joy down that side again, but this time his progress is halted by Biava.
    • 38' What are your thoughts on the first half? Let me know on Twitter
    • 37' It's been that kind of game. Fast, furious and full-blooded but with flashes of real quality. The first half has flown.
    • 36' Konko gets out of jail with a classy - and rather cheeky - flick over the head of Lavezzi, who was breathing down the full-back's neck.
    • 35' Incidentally Lazio were down to ten men as that goal went in, with Ledesma remaining floored after that challenge by Cavani.
    • 34' GOAL! Pandev scores against his former club to make it 1-1! Lavezzi picks out Pandev with a sublime backheel that catches out the Lazio defence, and Pandev drills a low shot beyond Marchetti.
    • 32' Cavani catches Ledesma late - and he's another player lucky not to be booked.
    • 31' Aronica makes a useful run forward down the left but Lavezzi just overhits his pass out to the left wing.
    • 29' De Sanctis is having a nightmare tonight. Ledesma's innocent cross from the right is flapped at by the keeper and, luckily for him, Lazio are unable to capitalise.
    • 27' A shame that, because it was such a promising attack. Napoli needed a couple of players making anticipatory runs into the box.
    • 26' Cavani plays in Lavezzi with a beautiful pass that takes two Lazio defenders out of the game - but Lavezzi has few crossing options and his cross-cum-shot trickles out of play.
    • 24' More positive play by Napoli - but again the final ball is poor. This time Cavani is the culprit, misplacing a ball intended for Pandev.
    • 22' Rocchi plays a neat ball into Hernanes on the edge of the box and the Brazilian plays it back to him with a flashy flick - but Rocchi is stretching to keep it under control and Napoli can clear.
    • 20' Hamsik picks out Cavani with a sweeping long ball forward, but Cavani is unable to bring the ball down and it skips out of play.
    • 19' Rocchi catches Britos late and is lucky not to go into the book for that one. This has been a full-blooded affair so far.
    • 18' Things are a little calmer after that frantic start. Both sides a little more considered in possession.
    • 16' Napoli seeing a lot more of the ball since going behind and, to be honest, look capable of scoring every time they go forward.
    • 14' Hernanes goes for goal with an ambitious effort from 25 yards - but it was always rising and De Sanctis is happy to watch it fly over.
    • 13' Lavezzi and Pandev combine well again, but this time Pandev's return pass is cut out on the edge of the box.
    • 12' What a start to this one! Chances aplenty.
    • 11' Great chance for Cavani, who has only Marchetti to beat - but the goalkeeper smothers the Uruguayan's effort with a fine save.
    • 10' Great finish but De Sanctis will be disappointed that he let the ball get under him there.
    • 9' GOAL! Lazio lead 1-0! Konko plays a low ball into the feet of Rocchi, who lays it off to Candreva - and the midfielder fires a powerful low shot under De Sanctis and into the net.
    • 8' The ball is fired into the near post to Rocchi, who gets under the ball and fires the ball into the stands.
    • 7' Hamsik heads it clear from the near post - but only at the cost of a corner.
    • 6' Candreva is caught late and Ledesma will whip the ball in from the right for Lazio.
    • 5' Pandev, formerly of Lazio, cuts in from the right and finds Lavezzi with a clever through ball - but Konko gets across and sees off the danger.
    • 4' It's been a fraught start at the Stadio Olimpico - neither side really stamping their authority on the game here.
    • 3' Lazio would love to win for Chinaglia tonight. The striker played over 200 times for the club.
    • 2' A minute's silence is observed for Giorgio Chinaglia, the Lazio legend who died last week aged 65.
    • 1' KICK OFF. We are underway in Rome.
    • 19.55 LAZIO: Marchetti; Konko, Diakitè, Biava, Radu; Cana, Ledesma; Candreva, Hernanes, Mauri; Rocchi /// NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos, Aronica, Dzemaili, Inler, Hamsik, Pandev, Lavezzi, Cavani.
    • 19.45 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Serie A clash between Lazio and Napoli.
  • Summary

    • 80' PENALTY TO LAZIO! Inler sells Britos short with a sloppy pass that Rocchi intercepts, and Britos trips the striker in the box.

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  • Lazio

    Manager: Edoardo Reja

  • Napoli

    Manager: Walter Mazzarri

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