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  07/08/2012: Salernitana - Lazio 0-3 (0-1)
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Tonight Lazio played Salernitana, the club who has been president Claudio Lotito's project for the last year. The game itself was perhaps not the most exciting, but with over 10.000 people and a packed Curva the atmosphere reminded us that the new season is just about to kick off.

Since Lazio played in Istanbul only three days ago Vladimir Petkovic decided to rest some players, but he did field a strong lineup, with Miroslav Klose finally returning to the starting lineup.

SALERNITANA (4-2-3-1): Iannarilli; Chirieletti, Silvestri, Tuia, Luciani; Montervino; Gustavo, Ginestra, Mounard, Topouzis; Perpetuini

LAZIO (4-2-3-1): Marchetti; Scaloni, Biava, Dias, Cavanda; Ledesma, Cana; Candreva, Zarate, Lulic; Klose

Berardi, Bizzarri, Konko, Onazi, Gonzalez, Mauri, Rocchi, Floccari, Kozak

Goals: Ledesma ('10), Mauri ('53), Zarate ('59)

It took a while for both teams to get going and it was Salernitana that looked like the better team for the first ten minutes. In the 10th minute right back Lionel Scaloni made a cross on the right side that the Salernitana defender tried to stop with his hand. A penalty was awarded for Lazio, and Cristian Ledesma stepped up. Like many times before he made no mistakes.

1-0 was the score at half time, after Lazio had created two more big chances. Marchetti also had to get dirty when he pulled off two excellent saves in the first half.

At the start of the second half Alvaro Gonzalez, Tommaso Rocchi and Stefano Mauri replaced Miroslav Klose, Cristian Ledesma and Senad Lulic.

Rocchi and Mauri only needed seven minutes to make an impact. Stefano Mauri made it 2-0 with a shot after Rocchi had won the ball from a Salernitana defender.

The last goal of the match was signed by Mauro Zarate. After beating a defender he put the ball in the bottom corner with his left foot. A signature goal by the Argentinian.

After the match coach Petkovic said he was not totally satisfied with the performance, but he saw some positive signs and that it was good to win again.

Player Ratings:

Marchetti: 6.5
Scaloni: 6
Biava: 5.5
Dias: 6
Cavanda: 6.5
Ledesma: 6.5
Cana: 6
Candreva: 5
Zarate: 6
Lulic: 5
Klose: 5

Subs:
Bizzarri: 5.5
Konko: 5.5
Gonzalez: 6
Onazi: 5
Floccari: 5.5
Kozak: 5.5
Mauri: 6
Rocchi: 6

Man of the Match: Luis Pedro Cavanda

The youngster was placed at left back today, and certainly had a easier time today then last time he was placed there, against a certain Krasic in Torino. Defended like a rock, and bombarded forward when he won the ball.

Flop of the Match: Antonio Candreva

The midfield has not influenced matches in the last weeks like he did at the start of the season in Auronzo di Cadore. Was involved a lot on the right side, but could not find a target with his crosses and lost the ball when he tried to dribble.

Honourable mention: Miroslav Klose

Even if Klose was one of the worst players on the field today, it is great to see him back in action. Has to work hard to catch up to the other players fitness before the season start after having a extended holiday after his time at the EURO's.



(Eivind Ytreland)
 
 
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