Two current Serie A top teams, Lazio and Ac Milan earned themselves a hard fought victory in the early matches in the league despite taking a rather comfortable scoreline in the bag.
The Biancolesti fans need to thanked their young striker Libor Kozak, who scored a brace to bring down Fiorentina. Meanwhile, 10 men Milan not only survive a very difficult and provocative night in Sicily but they also grabbed all three points against Catania in a controversial match.
Lazio Return to Winning Ways
Aiming to recover from their poor run of defeats in the league, Lazio successfully earned the three points they have been longing for after defeating their visitor, Fiorentina, 2-0 with both goals scored by their young striker, Libor Kozak. The victory lift the Biancolesti spirit ahead of an important battle against the current league leader, Ac Milan, in the midweek game especially after the Aquiloti slumped into two defeats before beating the Viola.
Starting the game with a very low morale, Lazio seemed to lose their creativity especially since their coach Eduardo Reja decided to rest their talismanic midfielder Hernanes in the game. The first period ended in a stalemate with both teams were clearly looking lost as the game looked dull and the players are unbelievably lack of creativity. However, facing a much more troubled Fiorentina side, the luck finally arrived in the second half for the home team as they earned a penalty kick that was beautifully finished by Kozak in the 69 minute.
10 Men Milan Stunned Catania
Meanwhile, a very controversial game was seen in Sicily when the home team Catania host the current league leader, Ac Milan, that are looking to extend their lead at the top of Serie A. Just as coach Massimiliano Allegri predicted in the press conference, the match against the Sicilian side did turned out to be a really scrappy and odd game for he Rossoneri, that might be feeling a little bit harmed by some of the harsh decisions made by the referee.
Knowing that they can’t match Milan’s quality, Catania played a very smart and rather intimidating football in which it actually managed to disturb the Rossoneri’s flowing game as the away team were forced to earn many fouls. Despite the untidiness of the game, it was the Serie A leader did managed to create the best chances in the first period through Robinho and Antonio Cassano, who failed to hit the back of the net despite already having plenty of space.
Ending the half in a stalemate, the Rossoneri started the half in the same manner as the first which is looking immediately for the winning goal to let the nerve settle down. However, instead of getting what they are looking for, things actually turned really bad for the away team as they were forced to play with a 10 men after their new signing Mark Van Bommel was harshly sent off for a second yellow card despite the replay showed that it wasn’t a card worthy tackle.
Fortunately for Milan, their winning mentality seemed to creep already into their players mind as despite playing with a man less, they managed to break the dead lock through Robinho’s follow through on Ibrahimovic’s thundering free kick that was spoiled by Catania keeper, Andujar. Having taken the lead, the Rossoneri decided to strengthen their defensive unit and put in Massimo Oddo in place of Antonio Cassano.
Deep into the second half, Milan’s bad luck with injury continues as their captain, Massimo Ambrosini, was forced to leave the field after suffering an injury which could rule him out for the midweek match along with Van Bommel. Once again as the crisis seemed to hit them again, the Rossoneri showed a true champion spirit as they finally scored the second goal that completely sealed the match through their main striker, Ibrahimovic, who finished off an easy tap in from Robinho’s awesome assist.
Lazio v Fiorentina 2-0
goals: Libor Kozak pen 63, 73 (Lazio)
Lazio: Muslera; Lichtsteiner, Diakitè (Stendardo 12), Biava, Radu; Gonzalez (Hernanes 80), Brocchi, Ledesma, Mauri; Kozak, Floccari (Sculli 38)
Fiorentina: Boruc; De Silvestri, Kroldrup, Gamberini, Gulan; Santana, Donadel (Behrami 75), Montolivo; Cerci (Babacar 70), Gilardino, Ljajic (D’Agostino 46)
Catania v Ac Milan 0-2
goals: Robinho 58, Ibrahimovic 85 (Milan)
Catania: Andujar; Augustyn (Ricchiuti 66), Silvestre, Spolli, Capuano; Carboni (Pesce 45); Ledesma, Sciacca (Morimoto 82), Gomez, Mascara; Maxi Lopez
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Ambrosini (Jankulovski 75), Van Bommel, Merkel (Emanuelson 46); Robinho; Ibrahimovic, Cassano (Oddo 59)