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May 13, 2012
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 50000
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Reja makes two changes to round out the match and that's that! Lazio win 3-1 at home, reacting superbly in the second half to overcome the late first half penalty. Udinese's and Napoli's wins mean however that neither of these two sides qualifies for the Champions' League, but Lazio does take a Europa League spot. I'm Julian De Martinis and I'd like to thank you for joining me here tonight!
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Assist Libor Kozák
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Goal Stefano Mauri
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GOALLLL MAURI! AND THAT'S SURELY GAME OVER! Konko makes an excellent run into the area, beating the offside trap for the ball. He hesitates before shooting, allowing Castellazzi to gain a good position and parry the shot when it comes. It falls right to Mauri though who slots home easily! 3-1 to Lazio!
Milito overruns his attempt to cross the ball and gifts Lazio a goal-kick.
Lazio have managed to control the tempo a bit more and now have possession. They're not rushing anything, choosing safe passes over risky ones.
It's been a frantic spell for Inter, who have hit the post and been in and around Lazio's box numerous times, but Stramaccioni's men have less than five minutes plus stoppages to come away with something now.
Zanetti does so well to keep possession and give the ball to Cambiasso in the box but the midfielder can't find an open teammate. The match is proving impossible to keep your eyes off of!
Lulic off for Gonzalez in Reja's first substitution of the match.
PAZZINI HITS THE POST! A fantastic ball is slipped to the onrushing striker from Milito near the byline. The substitute gets a foot to it but it hits the near post and bounces away!
Bizzarri with a great low save to keep out Maicon's shot from outside the box! Inter are pushing forward with everything they've got now.
Milito leading the charge for Inter, trying to slip Pazzini through but his pass is cleared. Maicon gets on the end of it and sends in a cross that's deflected out for a corner, which Kozak heads clear.
Yellow Card Abdoulay Konko
Konko is booked now for pushing Pazzini from behind and joins three of his teammates on yellows.
It takes Lucio two headers to clear the ball from a free-kick before he fouls Mauri. Meanwhile, Poli comes off for the 20-year-old Samuele Longo as Stramaccioni makes a second change.
Lulic again proving to be a handful for Inter's flank and causing all sorts of troubles.
Inter have a free kick about 30 yards out. Guarin tries to play it into the box but fails to clear the wall and the visitors backtrack quite a bit to prevent a dangerous counter.
Inter win a corner that Diakite sends out for yet another. The second one is played in by Guarin and falls for Lucio wide of the far post who drills a shot towards the far corner that goes over the bar!
Reja's men have another corner and Maicon rises high to clear it. The home side recoup and send a shot towards goal but it's deflected out, though Inter are having an enormously difficult time holding possession now.
Candreva down holding his behind as it seems Nagatomo just kneed him there accidentally whilst going for the ball. Lazio free kick.
Inter trying desperately to get back into this match but short of a few poor crosses, have little to show for it. Little more than 20 minutes to go.
Maicon's creative cross, sent in with the outside of his boot, gets past the Lazio defence but proves too far for Poli to reach. Goalkick for the home side.
Pazzini tries a shot on the volley following Milito's cross into the box but the substitute skies his shot.
Assist Senad Lulic
Goal Antonio Candreva
CANDREVA GOOOOAAALLLLLL! Lazio maintain their cool and regain possession. Lulic goes on a great run, cuts the ball back to the edge of the box from the byline, and Candreva takes a second, sets up the shot, and drives it on net. Castellazzi gets a hand to it but fails to prevent it from hitting the back of the net! Lazio in the lead!!
Maicon crosses directly on goal and suddenly Inter have a second wind. Guarin intercepts the clearance but fails to get past Diakite.
Inter are really in trouble now following the goal. Lazio are putting the visitors under immense pressure as they hunt for the winner. Stramaccioni reacts by sending on Pazzini for Alvarez in the match's first substitution.
Assist Cristian Ledesma
Goal Libor Kozák
LAZIO GOAL! Following two good chances, Kozak rises high above everyone else to head the ball into the net from the corner! 1-1 now and game on! Inter will be furious with themselves for conceding after two great saves from their keeper!
Castellazzi pulls out a top drawer save, diving at full stretch, to parry Candreva's looping shot out for a corner!
Ledesma decides that it's time to take matters into his own hands and tries a shot from outside the box. It's on target and Castellazzi dives low to save it.
Alvarez gets the ball stuck under his foot after a promising give-and-go with Milito. The youngster was nearly through the defence there and Lazio will be sighing with relief!
Shortly after Alvarez's run into the box begot a cross that sailed over the bar, Inter continue to press forward and Candreva concedes a free kick for fouling the Inter youngster. Cana clears initially but it takes a Cambiasso foul to truly clear the box.
Candreva sparks a quick counter down the right flank and his low cross into the box is collected by Samuel.
Yellow Card Modibo Diakite
Diakite gets the second yellow of the match for hauling down Milito.
Lazio are taking the initiative in the early part of this half, as would be expected, but they've got very little possession within the Inter box. Pazzini is warming up on the sidelines.
Lucio and Kozak collide as the former clears the ball before the latter can get to it in the box. Both are receiving treatment and look to be alright to continue playing.
Poli breaks the offside trap to get on the end of Maicon's low through ball. He cuts it across the face of goal but Lazio clear before Milito can get to it.
The second half kicks off with no changes from either coach. Pressure fully on Lazio now to try and grab the win in order to keep their faint hopes for third place alive. 45 minutes left now for both of these team's seasons!
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And that's the half! Inter have the lead after a late penalty from Milito, and Lazio's slim Champions' League hopes are hanging by a thread. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Penalty Goal Diego Milito
MILITO GOAL! The Argentine striker slots it into the bottom left corner perfectly, and Inter have the lead. Bizzarri dove the right way but there was no saving that powerful shot! 1-0 to the visitors.
PENALTY TO INTER! Maicon is taken down in the box by Ledesma from a poor slide tackle and the referee doesn't hesitate for a moment, pointing right at the spot!
Lazio are ramping up the intensity here as the half is drawing to a close but the match remains scoreless.
Cambiasso is down after being on the receiving end of a vicious Samuel clearance from Inter's box! The midfielder looks a bit winded as the ball struck him right on the face but is walking off and should be fine to come back on.
Milito on the prowl once again; Poli slips him the ball just inside the box, and instead of passing it to the wide open Alvarez, opts for a shot himself which sails over the crossbar. Poor decision making from the striker.
Maicon sends a fantastic cross to Milito in the box, who rises above his marker but sends his effort wide of the post! What a chance for Stramaccioni's men!
Inter pushing and pressing but simply unable to get meaningful possession inside of Lazio's box.
Lazio are definitely getting half-chances on target but Inter are doing well to soak up pressure and prevent the side from scoring. It's been a very scrappy affair thus far.
Lulic is found near the back post off a good cross but he mistimes his shot entirely and sends the ball behind him!
Inter take two corners in quick succession; both are blocked by Lazio and on the second try, the home side counter.
Alvarez on the edge of the box. He gets it to Nagatomo, who loses out on the line and wins a corner for Inter.
Lazio win a corner. It's cleared initially, headed back into the box and headed towards goal and saved by Castellazzi.
Such sloppy play from both sides who are passing it right out of bounds and to the other team. Inter put together a string of successful ones and find Guarin charging in the box. He gets a shot off that Bizzarri crouches low to scoop up!
Bizzarri tips Guarin's shot from outside the box over the bar! Inter's corner nearly results in a shot on target from Lucio but it's blocked by the mass of Lazio bodies in the box.
Kozak tries to play a one-two but his return pass is quite awful and Inter gain possession.
The visitors slowly getting back into the game now after being on the back-foot for most of the match. Neither side have much attacking urgency at the moment.
Absolutely superb run into the box from Maicon wins Inter a corner but the home side fail to do anything with it.
Nagatomo heads a good cross out of his own box before Lazio can reach it. He's been one of Inter's better players this evening.
Very, very scrappy play in the midfield from both sides in the past few minutes. Neither team has made much progress down the pitch.
Lulic booked for a terrible scissor tackle on Zanetti.
Yellow Card Senad Lulic
A very risky move from the home side, who force Bizzarri to come out nearly all the way to the edge of the box to head clear the ball just before Milito can pounce!
Lazio clear the corner, race down the pitch, and get a shot off via Candreva but it goes wide of the post. Neither side are doing well in the midfield defensively so far.
Maicon is fouled in Lazio's half and wins a free-kick halfway through Lazio's half. Alvarez whips it in and it's headed out for an Inter corner.
Lazio have great possession around Inter's box but fail to turn that into a chance; Inter counter quickly through Alvarez and Lazio recover to steal the ball just as he neared the box!
Lazio win a free kick in Inter's half on a rather fortuitous decision, after Maicon thought he had got the ball on his tackle. Ledesma whips in in well but Inter manage to clear it.
Nagatomo again goes on a dizzy little run and fires a cross into the box that deflects out for a corner. He's been a bright outlet for Inter in these early stages. The corner is played short, crossed in, and cleared.
From one end to the other; Lazio swing in a free-kick and get a header in the box but it whizzes past the goal! Both sides now really opening up the match and bypassing the midfield quickly.
Chance for Inter! Nagatomo plays a great cross into the box that Bizzarri dives to parry. It finds Guarin at the edge of the box but he's unable to get a shot off as he's swarmed by Lazio players!
Cana caught offside from a Lazio goal-kick. So far it's the home side who are enjoying the dominant spell of things here.
Lucio puts in a superb sliding tackle in the box to prevent captain Mauri from getting his shot off! That chance came from a poor pass from Inter's midfield, looking to find Nagatomo on the flank but gifting possession to the home side.
Candreva putting Inter's left flank under some pressure in the moment after a slick dribble. The visitors hold the pressure well and clear.
The home side quickly snatch the ball from Inter but are unable to get a solid cross in, resulting in a goal-kick for Castellazzi.
And we have kick-off! Inter begin with the ball playing in their traditional blue-and-black kits. Lazio are defending in their usual baby blue home jerseys.
Mere moments away from kick-off now in what looks to be a fantastically open match!
Inter look to have a slightly stronger bench tonight, with Andrea Stramaccioni able to call upon Pazzini, Ranocchia and Faraoni if things start to go poorly. Edy Reja's bench on the other hand is looking rather thin- look for that to perhaps play a part in the match tonight. Lazio bench: 16 Berardi, 14 Garrido, 15 Gonzalez, 28 Makinwa, 41 Zampa, 53 Rozzi, 78 Zauri. Inter bench: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 23 Ranocchia, 40 Juan, 37 Faraoni, 7 Pazzini, 81 Longo.
The visitors miss Julio Cesar due to suspension in the derby and Sniejder with a slight muscle injury. Guarin and Poli get the nods in midfield from the start tonight. 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 18 Poli, 11 Alvarez; 22 Milito.
Lazio will be without star striker Miroslav Klose who has yet to fully recover from long term injury. Hernanes and Matuzalem remain sidelined for the home side along with Radu and Rocchi. 1 Bizzarri; 5 Scaloni, 21 Diakité, 20 Biava, 29 Konko; 27 Cana, 24 Ledesma; 87 Candreva 6 Mauri, 19 Lulic; 18 Kozak.
Both sides come into the match in solid form, with Inter looking to capitalize on a thrilling 4-2 derby win over AC Milan and Lazio having defeated Atalanta 2-0 away.
As for the visitors, there's no longer a chance of reaching Europe's top flight competition but a win could see them finish as high as fourth this season.
Welcome to Goal.com's live match coverage of Lazio - Inter! This round 38 fixture looks to close out the season and is far from a dead rubber. A Lazio win here could propel the side into the third and final Champions' League place should Udinese fail to take points in their match!
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