Before the virus it was the Lazio of the game, now it is the Lazio of the heart. Comeback against Fiorentina, comeback against Turin. But if with the Viola it had not been a well-deserved victory, this time, yes, all right. He took the penalty goal after 4 ‘, from there he took the game in hand and left it to the Bull only for a few minutes in the final. He fought against fatigue, he wanted this victory in every way, as only the great teams can do. He is still in the running for the championship.
THE ECO PURPLE – For Lazio the first half was a … counterfeit, a kind of revenge postdated by Fiorentina after the misdeeds of the referee Fabbri at the Olimpico and the consequent fierce controversy on the banks of the Arno. The protagonists of the incriminating episodes of Lazio-Fiorentina were, in the opposite direction, also in Turin-Lazio in those first 45 minutes. Let’s start from Parolo: against the Viola he had to take the second yellow for the hold on to Vlahovic and then stay out in this game, which instead started making a decisive mistake, a header in his own area from which the penalty was born. Then Immobile, the penalty taker against Fiorentina: it was he who rejected Nkolou’s hand (very close), so as to provoke a rigor of this television era (in a purely football era it would never have been rigor) and peck a warning that, as a warning, will make him miss the match against Milan. Finally Caicedo, the man from the penalty match in contact with Dragowski: he took a stupid yellow in the 28th minute of the first half for a useless retention in the middle of the field to Ola Aina and he too, wary, will not play against Milan. Pioli, ex viola and ex Lazio, thanks from the heart: he will play against a team without a true center forward. Immobile and Parolo will find full redemption in the second half.
LAZIO GAME – Belotti scored on penalty after 4 ‘his third goal in three consecutive games and from that moment on he gave way to Lazio. Which, if Lazio had been pre-coronavirus, would have spread. Instead the team of the suspended Inzaghi in the first half was never really dangerous. Not only that, in the first 20 ‘he did not make a single shot on goal. Then there was only a few attempts and an Acerbi goal scored in a clear offside position. There was probably a penalty on Milinkovic for a double push, a kind of aerial sandwich of the Nkolou-Bremer couple.
TORO WAIVER – The grenades defended the goal on penalty for the 44 ‘(including recovery) of the first half, giving up almost to start again and defending with 9 men, with 5-4-1, with only Belotti beyond the line of the ball and with Verdi checking Parolo. In the end of the first half the defensive line of the Bull was really too low, despite an uncontainable pressure from Lazio. But the Biancocelesti, in addition to the heavy absences of Lucas Leiva, Lulic and Luiz Felipe, also lacked the quality of Luis Alberto, again not very incisive, and this time also of Milinkovic. Even the thrust of Immobile was missing, still inaccurate in the penalty area. It was enough to wait, however. In a few minutes they would have taken Lazio on their shoulders and dragged it towards another extraordinary comeback.
CIRO RECORDS – Lazio started the second half as the first had concluded, attacking. And the first ball of Luis Alberto worthy of his level and the number he carries on his shoulders, 10, has become a goal. An amazing filter, between Lyanco and Nkoulou (too wide and the Spaniard had noticed), reached Immobile, control of Ciro’s right and left diagonal, one by one. It was a goal with many meanings and some records: he made 96 with Simone Inzaghi, one more than Filippo Inzaghi had with Ancelotti, as no other bomber has ever managed with a single coach (but in the Inzaghi family they will be happy the same, indeed …); he equaled his personal best of 29 goals; approached the historical record of Serie A held by Higuain with 36; shortened on Lewandowski for the Golden Shoe.
DECISIVE CHANGES – After just under an hour, Longo and Farris (on the bench instead of Inzaghi) refreshed their teams. In Toro Berenguer and Ansaldi (who will be decisive in the negative) for Verdi (opaque) and De Silvestri (tired), in Lazio Correa and Lukaku (who will be decisive in the positive) for Caicedo (admonished) and Jony (often marginalized). But despite the substitutions, the pace did not increase, indeed, it dropped, the ball did not go from one area to another, it was … dragged there. Except that Lazio wanted victory at all costs and continued to attack with the few energies at its disposal. His desire, his stubbornness, his character were admirable. It was Jordan Lukaku who changed the course of the race: Ansaldi jumped on the cue and put a ball in the center that Milinkovic threw towards Sirigu, rejected with his feet, Parolo ball waved from the edge, Bremer deflected, Lazio ahead. That’s right.
Torino-Lazio 1-2 (first half 1-0)
Scorers: 5 ‘p.t. Belotti rig. (T), 3 ‘s.t. Building (L), 28 ‘s.t. Word (L)
Assist: 3 ‘s.t. Luis Alberto (L)
Turin (3-4-2-1): Sirigu; Lyanco, Nkoulou, Bremer (35 ’s.t. Millico); De Silvestri (14 ’s.t. Ansaldi), Meité, Rincon, Aina (25’ s.t. Edera); Verdi (14 ‘s.t. Berenguer), Lukic (35’ s.t. Djidji); Belotti. All. Longo
Lazio: Strakosha; Patric (44 ‘s.t. D. Anderson), Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari (44 ‘s.t. Bastos), Milinkovic-Savic, Parolo, Luis Alberto, Jony (14’ s.t. Lukaku); Caicedo (14 ‘s.t. Correa), Building. Att. Farris.
Referee: Massa di Imperia
Ammonites: 4 ‘p.t. Building (L), 29 ‘p.t. Caicedo (L), 45 ‘p.t. Verdi (T), 29 ‘s.t. Lukaku (L)