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January 29, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: A. De Marco
• Attendance: 25000
L. Kozák 69', 73'
90' + 2'
Lazio win 2-0 as the referee blows his final whistle.
Into the final few exchanges and there will be two injury time minutes to be played.
Yellow Card Stephan Lichtsteiner
The Fiorentina fans are furious. "Respect this shirt" are the cries coming from the fans who made the trip south.
Behrami wins the free-kick for Fiorentina. D'Agostino takes it... into the wall. What a woeful effort!
Fiorentina have really looked awful tonight. They have had no response to the Aquile. Mihajlovic scratches his head.
Good work by Sculli as he gets down the flank to twist and turn and provide a decent cross, but De Silvestri clears. Fiorentina break with Behrami, but he gets the cross for Babacar all wrong down the other end.
Into the final ten minutes of the game as Lazio hold on strong to their lead. Ohhh no... that's not very nice as boo noises come from the crowd aimed at Babacar.
Mihajlovic's side look to have given up. Lazio's quick-fire double blow has razed the Viola.
Lazio look home and dry now. Fiorentina just have not been good enough to create any real chance worthy of mention or dangerous enough to pull one back.
Assist Giuseppe Sculli
Goal Libor Kozák
GOAL! Lazio double their lead through Kozak who nets his second. Donadel gives away the ball in midfield, Sculli breaks for Lazio and feeds Kozak who heads the ball home.
Fiorentina try to get themselves back in the game, but it's Lazio who look like they have more goals in them...
Lazio deserve their lead. They have been the better side throughout the game thus far.
Yellow Card Per Billeskov Kroldrup
Penalty Goal Libor Kozák
Penalty for Lazio as Kroldrup fouls Kozak inside the box! GOAL!!! Lazio take the lead as Kozak sticks it away.
Yellow Card Alessio Cerci
Another good cross in for Kozak... No! He heads it wide of the mark. Both sides are making so many errors.
This time it's Mauri who shoots wide after being set-up by Brocchi! Reja asked for reaction from his players on Friday. He's got the response, but not the goals.
Lazio on the march forward once again as Sculli turns to get his left-foot drive off towards goal... Boruc says no as he makes the save.
Sculli pounces on the loose ball on the edge of the area, but his turn is not dangerous and the chance to shoot vanishes.
Gamberini is lucky to get away with a harsh tackle unpunished on Sculli.
Ohhh! Lazio win the corner which is aimed for Stendardo, but his effort flies over the crossbar.
Sculli this time with the cross for Kozak who goes up for it, but Boruc reads the ball and is able to make a save. The striker has gone quiet after a good start.
Great clearance by Kroldrup who heads away Ledesma's cross from under the nose of Kozak who was in behind.
Neither seem committed to the cause here as the game goes through a go-slow spell.
Lazio are giving nothing away tonight as Fiorentina begin to put together a good run early in the second half. However, the Viola are not doing much with all their possession.
Good one-two play by Cerci and Montolivo as the Viola advance, but Radu reads the play and intercepts the ball.
Defensive error by Lazio as they lose the ball to Gilardino, but he fails to take advantage.
Lazio get the second half underway. Change for Fiorentina as D'Agostino comes on for Ljajic.
45' + 3'
And that's the end of the first half. Both sides level at the break. Lazio 0-0 Fiorentina.
Yellow Card Stefano Mauri
Two minutes of injury time will be added. De Silvestri stays down following a tough challenge from Mauri, but he is soon back up.
Gilardino has done nothing all game. Mihajlovic shouts instructions for his players to support the Italian striker more.
Neither side looking any closer to scoring as the clock ticks towards half-time.
Yellow Card Marco Donadel
Gonzalez with the angled blast from the right side which forces Boruc into making a difficult save.
Good save from Muslera who does well to parry the shot from Cerci. There's bad news for Lazio though as Floccari comes off for Sculli with injury.
Mauri has a crack from distance, but the outcome is horrible for Lazio as he misses the target.
Santana is furious with the referee after a penalty appeal is waved away following the in-the-box foul by Stendardo.
Floccari wins the free-kick on the edge of the box, but Ledesma wastes it. He steps up and goes for the curler, but it is a poor effort overall.
Lazio continue to create. They are in charge, but not neccessarily in control. Fiorentina are lacking spark.
Kozak moves for Mauri in the box, his cross is whipped in with appeal, but Gulan does just enough to put off the striker.
Gilardino is looking quiet tonight. Service is not the best for the Italian hitman who often looks isolated.
Long pass from Ljajic in search of Santana who makes the run on the flank, but the ball is too fast and runs out. Fiorentina are starting to pick it up.
Free-kick to the Viola as Mauri pulls back Cerci. Ljajic steps up to take it from 25 yards, but his curling effort is wide of goal.
Plenty of passing errors by Fiorentina who continue to struggle.
Good work by Floccari who slips through Mauri, but his return pass is wayward as the chance fizzles out for Lazio who continue to press ahead with force and effect.
Kozak is playing well for Lazio as he finds space around the area, giving Floccari room to be dangerous. Fiorentina on the defensive.
It's a lively game thus far. Fiorentina move the ball around well, but they seem to have trouble converting in the final third. Lazio also looking dangerous.
Diakite seems to have a muscular problem and Reja tells Stendardo to warm up.
Yellow Card Nikola Gulan
Montolivo loses the ball allowing Floccari to tee up Ledesma. He shoots from distance, but the ball ends up wide of the mark.
Ohhh! Another good chance for Lazio from the corner this time as Biava flicks it on, but Mauri cannot get his shot away as Boruc intervenes.
Ohhh! Good turn by Floccari who aims for the near post with a right-foot shot, but the ball is saved by Boruc who gets down well.
Good start from the Viola as Santana crosses for Gilardino, but Muslera comes out to catch the ball.
And it's Fiorentina who get the game underway. No start for former Lazio star Valon Behrami who is on the bench for his new side.
Here are the official line ups for the teams: Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri, Gamberini, Korldrup, Gulan; Santana, Montolivo, Donadel; Cerci, Gilardino, Ljajic. Lazio:Muslera;Lichtsteiner, Diakite, Biava, Radu; Gonzalez, Brocchi, Ledesma, Mauri; Kozak, Floccari.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Serie A clash between Lazio and Fiorentina. Lazio need a reaction following their recent slump, whereas Fiorentina are aiming for some stability to their campaign.
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