Fiorentina make late point as Lazio rearguard comes undone

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In a game that seemed determined to justify the embarrassingly low attendance of under 15,000, it took a substitute to come onto the field and change things as Fiorentina claimed a draw against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico with an equaliser in the 93rd minute of a frenetic match in Serie A. This game saw the goals juxtaposed at both ends of the match, as Lazio opened the scoring through Sebastiano Siviglia with only seven minutes of the match gone, and bizarrely so with a flicked volley straight from a Lazio corner. Lazio will rue the fact that they could not hold onto the points at home here, against a Fiorentina side that were better for much of the game.

This was a good opportunity for the Biancocelesti to climb further away from the precarious league position they find themselves in. Fiorentina will have gone to Rome hoping that a win against a struggling team would have seen them move closer to the European spots. Lazio have been on a rocky run of form in recent weeks that accounts for their current league position, with only three wins from their last 15 games, so Fiorentina will have been in confident mood for this encounter. It is regrettable that Lazio, champions of Serie A 10 years ago, have found themselves in a position of such low morale, performance and apparently fan base as the crowd, or lack of it, added to the sense that no-one wanted to be at this game, including most of the players.

In a week in which José Mourinho claimed that Serie A was more competitive due to the better organisation and deeper strength of squad amongst the smaller teams, Fiorentina might have been entitled to agree as they struggled to carve out chances of any note for much of this match. Although they did improve in the second-half, with Mario Bolatti finding himself in space in the Lazio penalty area in the 65th minute. The Argentina was only able to blast the ball wide, to the bewilderment of his teammates and manager, and the amusement of the meagre Lazio crowd. Tommaso Berni in the Biancocelesti goal was called into action twice in the match, parrying first from Stevan Jovetić and then from a corner by Riccardo Montolivo. Lazio Coach Eduardo Reja will have been frustrated that his team looked so lacklustre, and that they were unable to press on for a decisive second goal as Fiorentina were themselves incapable of creating any real penetration in the attacking half.

Fiorentina are still involved in European competition, and may have been suffering from tiredness after a draining encounter against Bayern Munich, which meant that they were missing several key players, especially Alberto Gilardino, who has chipped in with 11 goals so far this season and is the fourth highest scorer in Serie A. Perhaps if he had been in the starting line-up, Fiorentina would have looked a more dangerous outfit.

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