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  24/09/2015: Report: Lazio 2-0 Genoa
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Crisis averted for the timebeing at least as Filip Djordjevic's glancing-cum-diving header and Felipe Anderson's wondrous strike gave Lazio a 2-0 victory over Genoa in a week where our almost all our rivals slipped up.

Lazio had been in retreat since the 5-0 loss to Napoli, setting up base in Formello and subjecting themselves to words of wisdom from Claudio Lotito. It all sounded quite messy, but the hope was that the team would regain their hunger and feast on Il Grifone.

By the end of the game, appetites were somewhat satisfied but Genoa began the game with more bite. Tomás Rincon tested the woodwork in the opening minutes and tested Federico Marchetti soon after, but the scoreline remained at 0-0 and Lazio grew in confidence as the first half wore on. The breakthrough came in the 35th minute when Senad Lulic, running away from goal, whipped a cross in to the unmarked Filip Djordjevic who nodded the ball past Eugenio Lamanna. Lazio were able to see out the final 10 minutes of the half and would go into the break knowing a second would probably put the game to bed.

Lazio's task was made easier when Filip Djordjevic's former teammates at Nantes, Issa Cissokho was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. In truth, Felipe Anderson had shown glimpses of his best form throughout the game and put the Genoa defender in a difficult position. A mere five minutes later, Felipe Anderson put Genoa in an impossible position. Genoa's failure to clear their lines fully left the Brazilian with all the time and space in the world to curl the ball into the top corner. Lazio had doubled their lead and it would be plain sailing from here on in.

There was enough time, however, for a former hero to make himself a Genoa zero as Goran Pandev saw red as his elbow developed a weird attraction to Mauricio's face. That would have put a wry smile on some faces, maybe even the icing on the cake as there it is surely ironic that Lazio's crisis moves towards an end with Pandev knee-deep in Genoa's misery.

A solid result for Lazio, but a performance that still leaves something to be desired. Genoa had their opportunities, particularly in the early stages, but they couldn't take them which was perhaps due from one of our opponents given it felt as though teams could not stop taking their chances against us.

Lazio have nine points from five games and I dare say many fans would've been satisfied with that result if it was offered to us in pre-season. It is the manner of the away defeats that remain a concern, and Lazio have wisely decided to proceed with the retreat until the outcome of the Hellas Verona game is known. A win there, or even an improved performance, would kickstart our season. Forza Lazio!

Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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