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December 15, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ P. Mazzoleni‎
Attendance:‬ 45500‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
Lazio
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
Lazio
Flop of the Match
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
FC Internazionale
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
FC Internazionale

Lazio 1-0 Inter: Clinical Klose knocks Nerazzurri's title bid

The Germany striker was at his predatory best at the Stadio Olimpico, deciding the game with an 82nd-minute winner that moves the Biancocelesti to within a point of their visitors

By Keeghann Sinanan

Walter Samuel, Miroslav Klose - Lazio-Inter
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Lazio left it late to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Inter in their Serie A clash at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night.

After appearing to be second best against the Nerazzurri for the majority of a tepid contest, the hosts made the breakthrough eight minutes from the end with a clinical finish from Miroslav Klose to snatch all three points.

Lazio now move level on points with Napoli in fourth, one point behind second-placed Inter, but Juventus still hold command of Serie A with a four-point lead and a game to come against Atalanta on Sunday.

The first half was certainly not one for the purists, as both sides really struggled to establish any kind of rhythm in the attacking third of the field, with a series of blocked shots punctuating their offensive contributions.

Goalmouth action was hard to come by and play frequently ground to a halt in midfield as the complete lack of tempo in the match resulted in a disappointing show for observers.

Lazio perhaps just shaded matters in the opening half, though that came with little credit as their best chance occurred when Cristian Ledesma blasted a snap-shot wide after a clearance from Andrea Ranocchia fell short.

Walter Gargano was shown a yellow card seconds before the interval for a series of fouls, and moments after the restart, he was followed into the referee’s notebook by Walter Samuel, who had upended Klose.

Inter finally sparked into life shortly after the hour mark. Fredy Guarin drilled against the post after taking aim from the edge of the area, before Diego Milito sent a speculative half-volley off target moment later.

Federico Marchetti then came to Lazio’s rescue with a stunning double save, first tipping a drive from Antonio Cassano onto the post, before recovering in time to deny Yuto Nagatomo’s rebound from point-blank range.

But the Nerazzurri’s momentum evaporated almost as quickly as it appeared, and Lazio began to create openings of their own late on. Klose spurned two good chances, one with a poor first touch when unmarked in close, and another after overrunning the ball on a great Lazio counterattack.

But at the third time of asking, Klose made no mistake, running onto a through pass from Stefano Mauri and slotting neatly into the bottom corner.

The German striker paid a price for the winner as he was forced off shortly after with an injury, but he had already made all the difference, as Inter could not muster a response in the little time that remained, giving the hosts a vital victory.

Both sides will be in action in the Coppa Italia midweek, as Inter host Serie B side Verona on Tuesday, while Lazio welcome Serie A cellar dwellers Siena the following day.



Lazio

22
Federico Marchetti
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Michael Ciani
Defender
4.00
20
Giuseppe Biava
Defender
3.50
26
Stefan Radu
Defender
3.50
29
Abdoulay Konko
Defender
66′
3.00
6
Stefano Mauri
Midfielder
82′
3.50
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
87′
2.00
15
Alvaro Gonzalez
Midfielder
3.00
19
Senad Lulic
Midfielder
64′
2.50
24
Cristian Ledesma
Midfielder
3.00
11
4.50

FC Internazionale

3.00
1
3.00
4
3.50
23
3.00
25
2.00
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
86′
3.50
55
4.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
3.00
19
2.50
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
45′
2.00
22
2.50
99

Substitutes

53
 - 
30
Pablo Carrizo
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Andrè Dias
Defender
87′
 - 
4
 - 
21
 - 
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
 - 
27
Lorik Cana
Midfielder
 - 
32
 - 
87
3.00
11
 - 
99
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
 - 
-
Vid Belec
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
 - 
-
Simone Pasa
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
 - 
2
Jonathan
Defender
 - 
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
86′
 - 
77
 - 
24
Marco Benassi
Midfielder
 - 
41
Joseph Duncan
Midfielder
2.50
8

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0