08 Jul Lecce vs. Lazio – Football Match Report – July 7, 2020
Lazio’s fading Serie A title problem suffered a probably deadly blow once they misplaced 2-1 at relegation-threatened Lecce and their frustration boiled over as defender Patric bit an opponent and was despatched off within the closing moments on Tuesday.
Felipe Caicedo gave Lazio a fifth-minute lead, gifted to them by Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel, shortly after Marco Mancosu had a aim disallowed for the faintest of handballs for the hosts.
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Headed objectives from Khouma Babacar and Fabio Lucioni gave Lecce the win which left second-placed Lazio seven factors adrift of Juventus, who had been enjoying at AC Milan later on Tuesday. In between, Mancosu missed a penalty for the house facet.
A chaotic recreation ended with 10 minutes of added time which included a crimson card for Patric after replays confirmed that the Spaniard bit Guilio Donati’s arm.
Lazio, affected by having a small squad and ravaged by accidents, stayed seven factors behind leaders Juventus after shedding for the third time in 5 video games for the reason that season restart. Lecce are some extent above the underside three, having performed a recreation greater than 18th-placed Genoa who host Napoli on Wednesday.
There was drama from the outset as Lecce’s Marco Mancosu burst upfield and rifled a left-foot shot into the highest nook, however it was chalked off after a protracted VAR overview as a result of the ball brushed Mancosu’s hand as he managed it within the centre circle.
Nearly instantly, Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel slipped as he tried to clear the ball, despatched it straight to Marco Parolo and Caicedo scored into an empty internet within the fifth minute.
That ought to have suited Lazio’s counter-attacking type however they left Babacar unmarked to move in Filippo Falco’s cross on the half hour after which conceded a penalty in first-half stoppage time.
Marco Calderoni’s cross hit Patric on the arm as he slid in to dam the ball and the referee pointed to the spot however, as Mancosu was about to take the kick, he determined to overview the incident. The choice was confirmed after a two-minute delay however Mancosu appeared distracted and fired his effort over the bar.
Lazio’s reduction was short-lived as Lucioni headed Lecce in entrance from a nook two minutes after halftime.
Gabriel atoned for his earlier mistake with very good saves from Luis Alberto, Bobby Adekanye and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic whereas Lazio defender Luiz Felipe’s header was cleared off the road.