Mar 02

Cagliari vs Lazio: 1-0

Being unable to watch the entire match in a bad stream, I though I would not be capable of making an objective match report. Therefore, I bring one from Football-Italia.

A comical Andre Dias own goal handed Cagliari the victory and acted as a bitter blow to Lazio’s ambitions.

The Biancocelesti are looking to be the favourites for fourth place and Champions League qualification as Edy Reja faced his former club. Lazio had conceded only one goal in their last five games, but missed Nando Muslera, Stefano Mauri, Tommaso Rocchi, Christian Brocchi and Mobido Diakite’. Cagliari had a full squad to choose from.

Curiously, the last time these sides played a draw in Sardinia was 2006, while Roberto Donadoni hadn’t shared the spoils since taking over.

Gonzalez hit a half-volley over the bar and Michael Agazzi flew to flap a dangerous Hernanes cross-shot out from the far top corner of the net as it threatened to loop straight in.

Agazzi beat away a Hernanes free kick in unorthodox fashion, but Lazio foolishly gave away a goal in fairly comical circumstances.

Andrea Cossu’s quickly taken free kick allowed Robert Acquafresca to spring the offside trap and the goalkeeper rushed out to meet him. The angled drive was weak and may have been going wide, but Andre Dias clumsily attempted to clear, instead knocking the ball into his own empty net.

Cristian Ledesma’s long-range screamer almost took Agazzi by surprise, but the goalkeeper managed to get an elbow to clear it off the line, then Libor Kozak nodded the follow-up wide.

Sergio Floccari came off the bench and went so close to a spectacular goal, as he tried to back-heel flick the free kick on the turn, only clipping the outside of the upright.

Stefan Radu struggled to block off a Simone Missiroli volley from point-blank range.

In the final minutes, Berni had his gloves scorched by a powerful Daniele Conti free kick.

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