And do the long awaited debut of Hernanes took place last night as Lazio took on Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna, in a friendly match that showed some glimpses that this team might actually be decent!
This match also served as official presentation of the Brazilian ace who had a NBA-style introduction before the fans. He was warmly received by the crowd – justly so.
Reja left Hernanes on the bench and put him in for Mauri in the second half.
He immediately showed everyone was is all the hype around him justified. He earned a penalty, scored from the spot and what is more important to me, made a fantastic assist to Floccari when the latter scored.
But, Lazio is not only Hernanes and it is worth mentioning that Mauri, Zarate, Rocchi, Lichsteiner, Stendardo all had positive performances. Foggia in the second half was in great form as well.
Lazio–Deportivo La Coruña 3-1 (1-1)
Lazio (4-3-1-2): Muslera (75′ Berni); Biava (46′ Radu), Stendardo (86′ Kozak), Dias (80′ Cribari); Lichtsteiner (75′ Scaloni), Gonzalez (46′ Brocchi), Ledesma (46′ Matuzalem), Mauri (50′ Hernanes), Garrido (75′ Del Nero); Rocchi (46′ Floccari), Zarate (46′ Foggia). All. Reja
Deportivo La Coruña (4-2-3-1): Felipe Ramos; Laure, Aythami, Ze’ Castro, Seoane; Juan Rodriguez, Antonio Tomas (56′ Ruben Perez); Desmarets (67′ Valeron), Michel (56′ Saul), Guardado (78′ Pablo Alvarez); Adrian (78′ Riki).