Lazio 1-2 Salzburg: Bulls Fight Back To Beat Roman Eagles

Lazio Salzburg

Lazio threw away the lead to allow Salzburg back in the game with just six minutes to go. A late winner from Marc Janko has settled the affair as the Austrians record a memorable win in Rome. Pasquale Foggia’s second half strike was cancelled out by Franz Schiemer late on, before Janko stole the points.

The Aquilotti didn’t have the best of starts and struggled through the first half where Salzburg came closest to scoring. Davide Ballardini shuffled his pack of aces at half-time, bringing on Foggia for Ousmane Dabo. The substitution seemed to pay off, but Schiemer spoilt the party late on to rescue a point for his side, and Janko wrapped up the win.

Lazio started the game negatively in Rome, and it was their opponents who had the best chances early on.Somen Tchoyi forced Albano Bizzarri, who was making his debut, into making a good save after eight minutes. Red Bull were intent on cranking up the pressure early on, but were almost made to pay by the Italians. Zarate twisted and turned his way forward and fed Julio Cruz, but the Argentine scuffed his effort and was easily closed down.

The game was fairly balanced and open. Lazio were keen on producing a good display following their 2-0 loss at the weekend to Juventus. Zarate could have opened the scoring when Stephan Lichtsteiner whipped the ball into the near post, but the striker failed to connect.

Although both teams created a number of chances, they failed to add the finishing touches at either end. The game seemed to die down after an eventful opening. Lazio were finding it difficult to create. There was no emphasis on going forward, allowing their opponents to take advantage.

Red Bull midfielder Nikola Pokrivac should have done better when he was invited to shoot from range by the Lazio defence who had backed off him. However, his effort was wayward. It served as a warning to the Italians who were too relaxed at times.

Leitgib, who was the pivotal force in his side’s midfield should have done better when he was found by Tchoyi. A well worked move carved Lazio’s defence, but the midfielder’s finish was straight at Bizzarri.

Davide Ballardini’s men did respond to Salzburg’s assault. Stephan Lichtsteiner did well to get down the wing, and he was followed by Mobido Diakite who latched onto the cross, but headed the ball straight at goalkeeper, and captain Eddie Gustafsson.

Julio Cruz was in confident mood. The hitman wielded his axe, but failed to chop through Gustafsson. Zarate found his fellow countryman, Cruz obliged, controlled and fired his shot down towards the near post, forcing a save from the Sweden-born ‘keeper. Down the other end, Lazio had luck to thank when Sanchez Cribari unintentionally deflected a cross towards his own goal, luckily, the ball went through the wrong side of the post.

Although the game had been rather dull at times, there was a moment of controversy that sparked tension and anger from the away side. Roberto Baronio hacked down Janko when he was clean through on goal, but the penalty shouts were turned down.

The combination between Cruz and Zarate worked well, but the former Inter man’s finishing was less than perfect after hitting the ball straight at Gustafsson when it looked easier to score. Pokrivac, who had fluffed a number of earlier chances, continued to show his lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. The midfielder was guilty of wasting a golden chance to score from close range by blasting a free kick high and wide from the edge of the area.

Lazio then created a flurry of chances. Pasquale Foggia, who came on to replace Ousmane Dabo, did well to make space on the edge of the box and shoot, but his effort was just wide of the near post. The Italian was involved again as he fed Zarate with an intricate pass. The hitman rifled his right-foot effort, only to see it fizz past the post as the Biancocelesti edged closer to scoring.

Ballardini’s substitution paid the dividends he was looking for as Foggia gave his side the lead following great work by the midfielder. His mazy run towards the angle seemed difficult to create an opening, but he squeezed his shot from the left across goal and into the bottom corner as waves of relief spread through the stands.

Salzburg couldn’t evoke a response after falling behind. The spark from the first half seemed to have fizzled out as the struggled to match the Aquilotti’s grip on the game. Just when Lazio had thought the game was won, Salzburg struck back to claim a win late on. A poor mix up between Diakite and Bizzarri gifted Schiemer with a free chance at the far post and the defender tapped home to spoil the party.

In the last minute of injury time, a moment of madness from Sanchez Cribari gifted Janko with the golden chance to win the game, and he made no mistake, as he poured more misery on the home side. The game ended there as the Austrians take maximum points from their away night in Rome.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 18, 2009.

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