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Lazio 4-0 Fiorentina: Viola thrashed as Salah features


Fiorentina saw their opportunity to close in on a Champions League spot slip away as they were beaten 4-0 by Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

The match, which had huge importance to both teams, started off edgy and both sides seemed to take time to get into the game. Lazio, who lay fourth in Seria A just before kick-off, looked to capitalize on Napoli’s draw with Inter and it took just six minutes for the breakthrough. Lucas Biglia kept his splendid volley from the edge of the box low and into the bottom corner.

The pace of the match started to pick up and it was Biglia who nearly scored again with a very similar move, but his volley was saved brilliantly by Neto. Having held out under that initial storm, it became a more even affair as Fiorentina edged back into the match, and Mati Fernandez’s free-kick curled just wide. Felipe Anderson, who was compared to Salah in the pre-match press conference and was very effective for Lazio, ran through on goal but his chip failed to beat Neto as the first half drew to a close.

In the second half, Fiorentina seemed to come out the stronger of the two side after Montella’s words during the break. Salah unselfishly set up Badelj inside the area, but the latter blazed over inexplicably. However it was Lazio who took struck out of the blue, when Tomovic fouled Anderson in the penalty area and Candreva calmly slotted in to make it 2-0. It didn’t stop there, as Fernandez took a free-kick quickly and allowed Lazio to mount a lighting counter-attack. Candreva was played in delightfully, and although he forced a tough save out of Neto, Klose’s diving header from the rebound further increased the score.

Klose soon made it four when substitute Keita Balde dribbled past Savic, and forced a save at the near post, before Klose bundled the ball in over two attempts.

The result means Lazio have leapfrogged Napoli into third place in the Serie A table, while the visitors remain in fifth.

Fiorentina face Roma at home in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday.



  1. gameref

    March 9, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Disgusting match of Salah!I hope This Is only about fatigue dut to his lack of compétition the first six month.

    • Ahmed , USA

      March 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

      ok you are right, m.salah is a looser, he should go back to egypt then.

  2. gameref

    March 10, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    No but he should plat at least with a decent level even if the Whole team wasn’t good.

    • Jos

      March 10, 2015 at 6:41 PM

      Bad game I agree. But honestly the whole team performed bad. If it wasn’t for Neto it would be 7/8-0. Hard to play against a team that puts lots of pressure like Lazio did. Their passing was way better than Fiorentina’s.

  3. gameref

    March 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Ok they were better.No question.But even when Fiorentina were getting the ball for a long time(maybe Lazio let it on purpose to make counter attacks) Salah was useless:His moves were to few to make his opponents in trouble and he had not the ability yet to plat a good match without a lot of love like Messi.Besides he looked l not concerned by the defending tasks.

    • Jos

      March 10, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      That’s always been Salah, its all timing and a bit of luck. He’s doing extremely well though. Really can’t ask more from him. Sad part is the CL spot though. Harder to get now.

      Montella played the offside trap, which I found to be a horrible tactic with Anderson and Candreva on the wings. It was a close kind of game. Too crowded to find space. Sometimes I did feel like he should have moved more but then he doesn’t see the pitch as I see it from the TV. If you checked Salah he was asking the ball the whole time but nobody wanted to pass since he was man marked so he went to the mid circle. Asking the ball there but that’s useless. You need him up there. So when they actually got up ahead Salah was still behind. Lack of movement. Like you said.

      Lazio weren’t that clumsy with the ball and Fiorentina was. But Fiorentina was forced to play this way since their two main strikers are injured. So they played 4 3 3. Ilicic and Diamanti couldn’t do much since they are a bit selfish. Pasqual kept crossing the ball in the box since there’s no one actually in the box. So I’d rather blame the team as a whole. Underestimated the opposition.

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