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October 31, 2010
• Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 29539
André Dias 27'
90' + 4'
The referee blows for FULLTIME...Lazio celebrate the victory and move four points clear at the top of the standings..Palermo will be ruing their missed chances but little can be taken away from Reja's men who have been the class act so far in this seasons Serie A championship.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Scaloni makes a cameo appearance in place of Mauri as Lazio look to run the clock down...The Aquile are on the verge of a mammoth three points here.
The fourth official signals four minutes for added time...Palermo are going all out now in a bid to find a leveller.
Pastore feeds Maccarone with a wonderful through ball...Dias slides in with a phenomenal challenge to stop the hitman in his tracks...What a challenge from the Brazilian.
Pastore dribbles his marker and feeds Pinilla in the box...The shot is blocked and finishes out for a corner.
Cassani cuts in from the flank and opens up space for a shot...He drills an effort forward...Wide of the mark.
The visitors have dropped to a 4-4-1 formation now as they look to shut up shop in the closing minutes.
Yellow Card Stephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card Federico Balzaretti
Balzaretti comes crashing into Muslera who makes a wonderful take mid-flight...Lichtsteiner has a war of words with the wing-back and the pair both earn a yellow for their efforts.
Yellow/Red Giuseppe Biava
Hernanes is forced to make way for Stendardo as the visitors look to close the hole at the back...Palermo will look to throw everything forward now with numerical advantage.
Biava downs Pinilla on halfway and is forced to go into the book...Second yellow card!!! Lazio are down to ten men and the centre back will now miss the derby.
Yellow Card Andrè Dias
Ledesma robs possession inside the Lazio third and then waits to be fouled...The Rosanero foolishly concede a free kick and gift the visitors time to breathe.
Zarate floats the set-piece over the wall but Sirigu makes a routine take..The shot lacked pace and did little to threaten the Italian glovesman.
Bacinovic downs Mauri on the edge of the box...Free kick...Great chance for the visitors.
Maccarone cuts in from the left...The hitman launches a shot from range...Deflected wide, Palermo corner.
Lichtsteiner looks to clear under pressure from Pinilla...The hitman clatters into the Swiss international and Lazio win a free kick at the back.
Muslera makes a wonderful one handed save from Cassani's point blank drive...Pastore looks to slot home the rebound but RADU blocks metres from goal...Great chance for Palermo!
Yellow Card Giuseppe Biava
The rhythm has dropped a little now as Palermo struggle to keep up the pace of the opening period...The Biancocelesti are happy to sit and wait as they look to do further damage on the counter attack.
Brocchi heads clear and then goes down after taking a blow to the ear...The midfield general looks in pain but is unlikely to need treatment.
Pastore breaks into the box skipping past two markers but Biava then steps in to clear the danger...Palermo win a throw.
Hernandez sprints down the right and then pulls up with what looks like a hamstring problem...The hitman will be forced off just ten minutes after entering the fray.
Lazio break forward at pace...Zarate skips past his man with a wonderful change of direction...He then serves Hernanes who plays it on to Mauri in the box...The captain shoots....Blocked by Bovo.
Brocchi looks up inside the Palermo third and cracks a speculative shot on goal...Simple take for Sirigu who smothers the danger on the deck.
Zarate tracks back to halfway and takes care of Pastore down the left...Great work by the Argentine.
Cassani floats a great ball towards the back post...Pinella looks to head it on goalbound but sprays wide.
Hernandez chases down a loose ball in attack...The hitman clatters into Radu in the right corner and Lazio win a free kick at the back.
The teams are on the way out for the re-start...Delio Rossi is set to throw on Abel Hernandez in place of Ilicic.
The referee blows for HALFTIME with nothing added for stoppages...Lazio head in at the break with a precious lead and Palermo will be feeling a little sore given the amount of chances created in the opening 45 minutes.
Balzaretti knocks a cross square from the byline...The ball appears to hit Lichtsteiner on the arm...NO PENALTY!! The home crowd are outraged but it looks like a good call from the referee.
Nocerino hits forward on the break and looks to find Pinilla in the box...The cross lacks precision and finishes in the path of Muslera.
Palermo are back in possession and working the ball around well at the back... The visitors are extremely well setup in defence however and it is proving very difficult for the Rosanero to find a way through.
Yellow Card Ezequiel Muñoz
Floccari is fouled by Bovo and again wins a precious free kick on halfway.
Radu plays a routine ball back to Muslera...The glovesman takes his time in making the clearance and Pastore comes storming in to block...Over the bar!!! Great chance for Palermo who again go desperately close following a defensive error by the visitors.
Hernanes robs possession from Migliaccio in the middle of the park..Great work from the Brazilian who allows his side to climb out their own third after soaking up some intense pressure.
Balzaretti cuts in from the left flank...He lifts up his head and shoots low towards goal...Easy take for Muslera...Palermo will have to start being more creative if they are to test the Uruguayan shot-stopper.
Pinilla goes down following a heavy challenge from Radu...The referee waves play on and Lazio eventually close out danger.
The Rosanero are pushing forward now with the bit between their teeth...Brocchi concedes a foul 30 from goal and Palermo have a chance to test Muslera.
Assist Cristian Ledesma
Goal Andrè Dias
Free kick floated in from the right by Ledesma....Met in the box by Dias on the volley..GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL...Lazio have taken the lead in spectacular fashion...The home side look rocked.
Hernanes floats a ball over the top for Floccari...The hitman is through on goal! OFFSIDE...That was extremely tight and the visitors are looking threatening on the break.
Palermo push forward on the break...Pastore looks to serve Ilicic down the middle...Too much power on the pass..Easy take for Muslera.
Ledesma floats a delicate ball over the top for Floccari...The hitman looks to head it home...Saved by Sirigu...Lazio are looking dangerous.
Pinilla looks to serve Nocerino inside the box but Lichtsteiner steps in with a vital header back to Muslera...Well cut out by the Swiss international.
Lichtsteiner again looks to serve Floccari with a long ball from deep...The pass is inaccurate and finishes in the path of Sirigu.
Reja is up off the bench and fuming at his men...The Gorizian tactician is urging Zarate to push further up the field as the visitors suffer a little down the right.
Zarate tracks back and wins possession outside the box...The Argentine then switches play as Lazio push down the left...It is end to end stuff now as both sides throw the kitchen sink and more at each other.
Palermo are throwing everything forward now and are forcing Lazio to soak up some intense pressure...The home crowd has increased the volume in a bid to spur their side towards an opener.
Migliaccio comes crashing into Hernanes in the centre of the park...Lazio win a free kick.
Lichtsteiner sends a long ball forward in search of Floccari...The hitman gets his foot on the end of it but the flag is up for offside.
Hernanes finds Mauro Zarate at the back post...'Maurito' looks to head it on towards goal but Balzaretti steps in with a defensive header.
The Rosanero have started at a lightening pace...The visitors seem a little shell-shocked.
Biava gifts away possession just metres from goal...Pastore has a free shot on goal...Straight at Muslera...Poor effort from the Argentine.
The players are on the field ready for kick off...The Barbera is electric as the home fans await what looks set to be a classic.
Edy Reja has kept his winning line-up unchanged as he looks to increase the gap at the top of the standings to four points. The home side are hoping to capture some of the visitors so called 'luck' and secure a home win which could lift them back into the upper quartile of the standings.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo for Goal.com's live play-by-play commentary of Palermo-Lazio.
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