Lazio sealed the qualification to the Coppa Italia final after a match made of dedication, tenacity, and competitive anger. Roma needs a miracle to change the final outcome of this double clash.
In the first half the main characteristic that Roma showed off with continuity in the last period lacked. The giallorossi were not able to find the right lines of passage and slowly got nervous. Roma wasted a few occasion to equalize with Edin Dzeko but the overall performance of the first-half was not sufficient. Spallett’s team was distracted and not secure in the possession of the ball. Whenever Lazio counter-attacked Inzaghi’s team put in serious danger the opposite defense line. Ciro Immobile cunningly put pressure on Fazio who was not able to cope with the endurance and speed of Lazio’s striker. Inzaghi’s crew wisely defended their fort keeping the lines very tight and rapidly reversing the action on the other side when Roma lost the control of the operations. In the first 45 minutes, the giallorossi probably suffered Lazio’s defensive and compact tactic.
In the second-half, the situation did not change. Roma didn’t create dangerous occasions after the break not counting Salah that hit the post. Lazio counter-attacked with its speedy forwarders that most of the time were in a tactical situation of one to one with the AS Roma defender. In one of these opportunities Keita Balde, who a few minutes before replaced Anderson, mocked Manolas, who seemed to be strained and exhausted after the clash in the away match of Inter, and from inside the box served a juicy assist to Ciro Immobile that comfortably scored.
Luciano Spalletti lost his tactical “battle” against Simone Inzaghi. Lazio’s coach brilliantly caged Radja Nainggolan who couldn’t perform well as usual. Lazio sealed the qualification to the Coppa Italia final after a great performance made of tenacity and competitive anger. Roma needs a miracle to change the final outcome of this double Coppa Italia clash.