Final score

15 December 2012 20:45

37' (2nd half) Klose
1 - 0
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Di Liberatore, Giordano / Fourth official: Musolino / Assistants: Banti, Damato
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47' Mazzoleni sends the teams back into the dressing rooms: it's still goalless at the Olimpico after 45 minutes
45' The ref awards two minutes of first-half stoppage time
45' Gargano goes into the book for a foul on Hernanes
39' Mauri receives a pass just inside the box and prepares to pull the trigger, Samuel gets there in the nick of time and hacks away for a corner
32' Cassano's corner picks out Ranocchia but the defender can only direct his header wide
32' Guarin finds space for the shot inside the box: it comes off a defender and Inter have a corner
31' Another long-range attempt from Hernanes: this time it's on target but no problem for Handanovic
26' Ranocchia clears a Lazio attack but only as far as Ledesma, who unleashes a snap shot that swerves a yard or so wide of Handanovic's right-hand post
25' Hernanes has a go from range but can't keep it down
23' A goalmouth scramble ensues following a Lazio corner, Ranocchia's clearance deflects off Klose and behind for a goal kick
18' Interchange between Nagatomo and Guarin but Ciani breaks up the move inside the box
14' After Inter clear a corner, Ciani fires a shot back in but fails to get the right angle on it and the ball goes wide
13' Lulic sends in a cross that Handanovic gathers at the second attempt
11' Guarin combines body strength with finesse to hold off a couple of challenges in the middle of the pitch then sends Nagatomo galloping away down the right flank; the wideman's cross is dealt with by the Lazio defence with Milito and Cambiasso lurking
8' Klose looks to get away from last-man Samuel but the Nerazzurri defender manages to send the ball back to Handanovic
3' Hernanes receives the ball in space and goes for goal but he's a long way out and his hopeful effort is some way off target
1' Welcome to Rome's Stadio Olimpico for tonight's match between Lazio and Inter
1' The hosts take the kick-off and we're under way at the Olimpico. FORZA INTER!!!
1' The midfield is formed by Zanetti, Gargano and Cambiasso, with Guarin operating further forward behind strike pair Milito and Cassano
1' Stramaccioni has opted for a back four tonight, with Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Samuel and Pereira lining up right to left in front of Handanovic
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49' The referee blows the final whistle: Lazio 1-0 Inter
45' Ciani pulls Ranocchia to the ground inside the box but the ref lets play continue
45' Four minutes of added time have been signalled
45' Candreva ruthlessly scythes down Palacio from behind and earns himself a yellow card
42' Lazio make another change: Dias comes on for Hernanes
42' Seconds after entering the pitch, Coutinho flashes a shot over the bar
41' Coutinho is subbed on for Pereira
41' Klose hobbles off the pitch, Floccari comes on to take his place up front
37' GOAL FOR LAZIO: Klose latches onto Mauri's forward pass and arrows a first-time finish past Handanovic
36' The referee blows for a foul by Milito on Biava with Cassano clean through on goal
35' Klose receives the ball inside the area, all alone, fortunately for Inter his first touch is poor and Handanovic collects
34' Candreva cuts inside from the left and shoots: he doesn't get much purchase on it and the ball runs wide
33' Cassano curls in a cross, it ends up in Marchetti's arms
26' Another chance for Inter, Palacio bending his effort fractionally wide of the far post
26' Close again! Cassano rattles the same upright as before, then Marchetti saves Nagatomo's follow-up. Inter cranking up the pressure
26' Handanovic saves Hernanes' free kick
24' Gargano's effort is high and over
22' Inter almost take the lead! Guarin's low drive from outside the box comes back off the post
21' Nagatomo gets ahead of Konko on the left wing and the defender brings him down. Yellow card for the Lazio man
19' Substitution for Lazio: Lulic makes way for Candreva
14' Cambiasso has picked up a knock so Stramaccioni replaces him with Palacio
13' Guarin gets another sight on goal, this time from inside the box, but drags his effort wide
13' Hernanes bends a shot towards goal: it flies over the bar
12' Guarin tries to drill a free kick under the wall but Lazio's men stand firm
8' Nagatomo frees Pereira on the overlap, the Uruguayan's delivery is aimed at Milito but Marchetti dives and pushes the ball away
7' Samuel is cautioned for a late challenge on Klose
1' The second half has started
Average rating 5.07
3 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 7
18 fouls committed 12
7 corners 6
1 offsides 1
53% ball possession 47%
Stramaccioni and Petkovic cross paths for first time

Vladimir Petkovic and Andrea Stramaccioni have never faced off as coaches in a competitive fixture before.

Serbian coach's first meeting with Nerazzurri

Vladimir Petkovic has never taken on Inter as a coach.

Stramaccioni undone in only previous game against Lazio

This is Andrea Stramaccioni's second competitive game against Lazio as a coach. On the first occasion, at the Stadio Olimpico on 13 May 2012, the hosts ran out as 3-1 winners.

Mazzoleni's record against Lazio and Inter

Referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni has officiated Lazio 13 times before today and Inter 6 times. The Biancocelesti's record with tonight's match official is W7, D4, L2 while the Nerazzurri's is W4, D2, L0.

One home defeat in 17 for Lazio

Lazio have lost just once in their last 17 home fixtures - that was on 23 September when Genoa came away from the Olimpico with the points following a 0-1 win. In the other 16 games in that period, Lazio have clocked up 12 wins and 4 draws.

No draws in Rome or Milan since 2008

The last time these two sides shared the spoils was on 16 April 2008, a Coppa Italia tie in Milan that ended goalless. In the 10 encounters since then, there have been 3 wins for Lazio and 7 for Inter.

Nerazzurri fair play

Inter have collected fewer cautions in the current Serie A campaign than any other team - just 30 yellow cards in 16 matches.

Inter's last away draw in Serie A back in April

Inter have not drawn a match on their travels in Serie A since 22 April, when they were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Fiorentina. The Nerazzurri's record since then stands at 7 victories and 4 defeats. Inter are one of four clubs who are yet to draw an away game in Serie A 2012/13, the other three being Bologna, Chievo Verona and Roma.

wins(22) draws(29) defeats(30)

ROME - Klose pounced late on to bag the points for the hosts but Inter were unlucky to leave the Stadio Olimpico empty-handed after forging a glut of second-half chances.

The first half was a tight affair with the two teams cancelling each other out and opportunities few and far between. Inter came into the game after the interval but fortune wasn't on their side: Guarin struck the foot of the post after 67 minutes and four minutes later Cassano rattled the same patch of woodwork, Nagatomo's follow-up from the rebound then turned behind by Marchetti's smart reflexes. The winning goal was scored by Klose eight minutes from time. Having wasted a gilt-edged opportunity he showed what a lethal finisher he is at the second time of asking: Mauri picked out his run and the German clipped a first-time effort past Handanovic. However, a minute before the goal, the referee awarded a dubious free kick to Lazio for a foul by Milito on Biava as Inter were on the attack with a man over. In added time Ranocchia was held back and then tugged to the ground inside the box by Ciani. Incredibly Mazzoleni chose not to award a spot kick, a decision which had the Nerazzurri bench understandably in uproar: it was a clear penalty.

Lazio 1-0 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorer: Klose 82.

Lazio: 22 Marchetti; 29 Konko, 20 Biava, 2 Ciani, 26 Radu; 19 Lulic (Candreva 64), 8 Hernanes (Dias 87), 24 Ledesma, 15 Gonzalez, 6 Mauri; 11 Klose (Floccari 85).
Unused subs: 1 Bizzarri, 84 Carrizo, 21 Diakite, 5 Scaloni, 27 Cana, 87 Candreva, 23 Onazi, 32 Brocchi, 25 Rozzi.
Coach: Petkovic.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 55 Nagatomo, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 31 Pereira (Coutinho 86); 4 Zanetti, 21 Gargano, 19 Cambiasso (Palacio 59); 14 Guarin; 22 Milito, 99 Cassano.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 28 Pasa, 33 Mbaye, 40 Juan Jesus, 42 Jonathan, 17 Mariga, 41 Duncan, 24 Benassi.
Coach: Stramaccioni.

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo).
Booked: Gargano 45, Samuel 52, Konko 66, Candreva 90.
Added time: 2+4 minutes.

starting lineups

Marchetti 1 Handanovic
Konko 55 Nagatomo
Biava 23 Ranocchia
Ciani 25 Samuel
Radu 31 Pereira
Lulic 4 Zanetti
Hernanes 21 Gargano
Ledesma 19 Cambiasso
Gonzalez 14 Guarin
Mauri 22 Milito
Klose 99 Cassano


Bizzarri 12 Castellazzi
Carrizo 27 Belec
Dias 6 Silvestre
Diakite 28 Pasa
Scaloni 33 Mbaye
Cana 40 Jesus
Candreva 42 Jonathan
Onazi 17 Mariga
Brocchi 41 Duncan
Floccari 24 Benassi
Rozzi 7 Coutinho
8 Palacio