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Dec 20

Lazio 1 – Palermo 0, finally 3 points

The match just ended. What is seemed a totally predictable draw due to Palermo`s way of playing,we somehow managed to grab 3 points and win after 5 weeks,.

Tommy Rocchi, who entered for Zarate scored the goal after a brilliant pass by Meghnil. More match comments, photos and the goals to follow later or tomorrow.

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Match report from Channel4

Tommaso Rocchi gave Lazio their first win in over a month, bringing down 10-man Palermo.

Delio Rossi saw this as the “perfect opportunity” to knock out one of the other contenders for a place in Europe. Last week Lazio fought back from 3-0 down to draw in Udine, so confidence was growing after just two points from five games, but Stefano Mauri and Sebastiano Siviglia were injured. Palermo welcomed back Fabrizio Miccoli, whose two-match ban for insulting the referee was reduced on appeal.

Mobido Diakhite’ did well to cut short Mark Bresciano from eight yards with a sliding tackle after Fabio Simplicio had threaded through to send the Australian clear.

A free kick was passed out to Antonio Nocerino on the edge of the box for a fierce drive that skimmed the near post. Davide Succi’s counter was then charged down in the area.

Lazio’s first real opportunity was on 23 minutes with Goran Pandev sent clear on goal, but he brought a fantastic one-handed reaction save out of Marco Amelia from point-blank range.

Mauro Zarate hit the back of the net on the half-hour mark, but it was correctly flagged offside from Pandev’s chipped pass over the defence. At the other end, Simplicio sprung the trap and Juan Pablo Carrizo came tearing out to take the ball off his foot in a one-on-one.

Mattia Cassani’s header from a Fabio Liverani free kick was deflected on to the side-netting by Pasquale Foggia, Liverani accidentally kicked Foggia in the face when he stumbled over the Lazio man’s sliding tackle, but the former Cagliari player was able to continue.

Carrizo took two attempts to smother Miccoli’s snapshot and a Nocerino counter was deflected out for a corner. In first half stoppages, Carrizo got down to smother a Succi header.

Lazio came out fighting for the second half, as Foggia held up the ball for Mauro Zarate, but Cassani’s deflection and an Amelia save with an outstretched foot managed to parry.

Amelia also rushed out to close down Foggia and a very unhappy Zarate was replaced by Rocchi. That made all the difference, as the Biancocelesti suddenly sprung to life. He nodded just over the bar from Lichtsteiner’s cross, then he was incorrectly flagged offside when clear in the box.

The deadlock was finally broken on 66 minutes with their most dangerous player, Rocchi. Mourad Meghni crossed from the left flank for Rocchi to sweep in with the inside of his left foot from six yards.

Less than 30 seconds later Palermo should’ve been level, but Bresciano somehow fired wide at the back post from six yards.

The Rosanero’s game got worse as Federico Balzaretti hacked down Lichtsteiner from behind for a second bookable offence. Lichtsteiner was unable to continue, as he appeared to sprain his ankle.

Lazio poured forward with Foggia thumping the woodwork twice in 40 seconds! His free kick smashed against the outside of the upright, then he dribbled past two players for a low drive that also clipped the same post.

Miccoli also picked up an injury and Liverani had timid penalty appeals waved away, while the same was true of Pandev with a shove from Cesare Bovo.

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