Lazio 2-0 Inter: Aquile swat aside the Nerazzurri

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Miroslav Klose - LazioLazio beat Inter 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night in Serie A.

The Aquile made a blistering start to the match and opened the scoring through Miroslav Klose in the eighth minute. In the second-half the Nerazzurri pushed for an equaliser, but it was the Biancocelesti who doubled their lead through Antonio Candreva’s penalty in the 84th minute, after Jeison Murillo had been sent-off.

Both sides began in exuberant fashion, but it was Lazio who made the stronger start; scoring with their first chance.

Klose was allowed to knick past Jeison Murillo following an awful attempt at a challenge from the defender, before playing a one-two with Senad Lulic and calmly chipping his effort past Samir Handanovic.

In the 27th minute Inter finally woke up. Geoffrey Kondogbia’s superb chipped pass played Stevan Jovetic in one-on-one with Federico Marchetti, but the Italian denied Jovetic, smothering the Montenegrin’s shot.

In an open game the Biancocelesti were creating the best opportunities and could have doubled their lead when Keita Balde burst past Danilo D’Ambrosio in the penalty area but his powerful shot was smartly saved by Handanovic.

After the interval the match took a downturn in quality with the first decent chance coming in the 67th minute. Ivan Perisic received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and managed to work an angle for a shot, but the Croatian dragged his strike wide.

Perisic was looking dangerous for the Nerazzurri and almost equalised when his whipped free-kick was punched away by Marchetti.

In the 83rd minute Lazio were awarded a penalty for foul on Balde by Murillo and the Colombian was deservedly sent-off for a second yellow card. Candreva emphatically converted the spot-kick, blasting it into the top corner.

The result moves Lazio into eighth place whilst Inter stay fourth in the table.

Forza Italian Football