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  15/01/2015: Coppa Italia Report: Torino 1-3 Lazio
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Keita Balde Diao, Miroslav Klose and Cristian Ledesma got on the scoresheet as Lazio coasted to a 3-1 victory over Torino at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino to seal their place in the 2014-15 Coppa Italia quarter-final.

As expected, Stefano Pioli chose to rest a number of key individuals but the most surprising absentee of all in the starting line-up was Antonio Candreva, who was widely expected to start. Instead, Marco Parolo was tasked with another 90 minutes and a rejigging of the usual system saw Danilo Cataldi line out in the trequartista role behind the pairing of Keita and Klose.

Despite all the changes, the result was never in doubt. Keita kicked off proceedings with a twelth-minute goal, latching on to a simple pass from Luis Pedro Cavanda and squirming his way around the Torino defence before firing in a powerful shot with his left foot. Daniele Padelli got a good hand to it and will be disappointed not to keep it out, but no one can fault the Spanish forward's execution.

Miroslav Klose doubled the score just before the half-hour mark. He took advantage of a beautiful one-two between Danilo Cataldi and Keita to provide the easiest of finishes to a great team move. It was a bread-and-butter assist for the debutant Danilo, but an assist on debut nonetheless.

Lazio controlled the first half and were now taking a 2-0 lead into the break. Familiar territory for the Romans and the task was simple for the second-half; see out the result.

In the end, seeing out the result was straight-forward but not before Torino gave Lazio flashbacks of the Derby della Capitale. Francesco Totti needed only two minutes to get Roma back into the Derby - Josef Martinez of Torino required three. Luis Pedro Cavanda and Stefan Radu were out of position, defending became desperate, and the pace of Martinez made his job of halving the scoreline easy.

The momentum has swung in Torino's favour but fortunately, Lazio were able to add a third 10 minutes later. Miroslav Klose masterfully broke the offside trap and put himself one-on-one with Padelli and as he dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper, he was clattered and left in a heap. The referee deliberated to the point of uncertainty, but eventually awarded a penalty and gave Padelli his marching orders. Cristian Ledesma made no mistake from the penalty spot. 3-1 and game over.

It was a harsh decision that ensured Lazio emerged victorious without learning too much about themselves. Stefano Pioli was able to rest some legs and lower his own blood pressure as Torino could not find a way back into the game with a two-goal and one-man deficit. A confidence building win then for Lazio with an early kick-off date with Napoli at the Olimpico on Sunday. 


Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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