May 16

Lazio vs Genoa: report! Is this too late for Lazio?

Well, we managed to beat Genoa after a brilliant second half display but this will most probably prove to be insufficient for a CL spot, as Udinese managed to grab a vital away win @ Chievo yesterday to remain 2 points clear with one match to go.

First half

What a dreadful experience. True, 2 goals fell very soon and that promised to be some nice football, but first half was simply terrible football to watch. Nothing concrete from either of the sides. A lot of running yes, but the teams like knew this match was nothing to play for. Lazio desperately needed the win to apply some pressure the next day of Udinese and roma, but the players apparently forgot that in the first half. Forgot to say that Lichsteiner somehow managed to start the match despite having a fracture but was substituted in the second half by Scaloni. Tommaso Rocchi started after some really long time and had a nice match.

"Biava and Hernanes"

Second half

I don`t really know what Reja told the players in the dressing room during the 15 minutes interval, but it worked. Our players entered the second half with a totally different mindset and attacked Genoa from the start. Maybe this caught the visiting team by surprise considering the performance of our players in the first half. After on amazing pass by Ledesma, Rocchi beat the offside trap and beat Genoa keeper to make it 2-1.

Not long had passed and Lazio continued attacking. And after a lovely cross from the right hand side, Hernanes finds himself in the box and sent a lovely header into the left corner of Genoa keeper. Contrary to other matches when Lazio usually sits back when grabbing a lead, this team Lazio players continued to press forward and the pressure materialized when Zarate dribbled on the left but the ball slipped away – yet he managed to stretch and sent the ball to Hernanes who was alone and send the ball again behind Eduardo`s net: 4-1 and game over.

The rest of the match was more or less balanced. Lazio had sealed the match and controlled it not to let this lead slip away. All Genoa could do was score a goal by the very end of the match when a shot was deflected and ended behind Muslera`s back.

"Rocchi goal vs Genoa"

"Lazio vs Genoa"

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