Marco Parolo's late wondergoal was enough to gift Cesena victory as Lazio drop down to second in Serie A...Marco Parolo provided a moment of magic in a dour tie as Cesena beat Lazio 1-0 at Stadio Dino Manuzzi. The midfielder's 30 yard thunderbolt on 85 minutes sees the newly-promoted team earn a morale boosting victory as Lazio drop down to second in the table.
The opening exchanges were dominated by Cavallucci Marini as the Serie A leaders struggled to find their feet. However the home side were unable to create clear-cut chances their possession craved and had to wait until the 30th minute for their first real opportunity.
Luis Jimenez whipped in a great cross from the left where Stephen Appiah was waiting unmarked six yards out. The former Ghanian captain swung his leg at the ball but his volley flew yards wide, a poor effort.
The 33rd minute saw Cesena come close to opening the scoring once again. The marauding Maurizio Lauro was allowed to make his way down the left flank where he delived a ferocious cross come shot which dangerously flew past the post and the flailing Muslera to safety for Lazio.
Despite their relativey poor first half showing it was Aquile who created the clearest chance of the opening period. On 37 minutes Pasquale Foggia was allowed time to cut in from the right and unleash a curling high effort. The shot had the beating of Francesco Antonioli but not the crossbar.
The second half started as a more open affair with both sides looking to score that all important opener. However chances continued to be few and far between as the two teams struggled to find that killer ball.
Both sides looked unsure what to do with the ball in the opposition final third, a fact summed up on 61 minutes when Mark Bresciano picked up the ball 30 yards out and leashed an effort that was high, wide and not so handsome.
The home side continued to battle well but failed to muster clear-cut opportunities in the second-half.
That was until the 85th minute where out of nowhere the Northern club scored the vital winner, and what a goal it was. Marco Parolo picked the ball up 35 yards out and rifled an unstoppable shot past Muslera for the only goal of the game.
Lazio had no answer for Parolo's wondergoal as AC Milan's victory over Palermo consigned the Romans to second place.
Aquile entertain Napoli on Sunday where they will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats while Cesena will be hoping to build on tonight's victory as they head to Florence to play Fiorentina.
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