Archive for March 1st, 2009

Lazio 2-0 Bologna: Mauro Zarate Makes the Eagles Soar… (Serie A Matchday 26)

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Lazio's Argentine forward Mauro Matias Zarate (R) celebrates after scoring against Bologna during their Serie A football match at Olympic stadium in Rome on February 28, 2009. (AFP/Getty Images)

After nearly two months of hunger Lazio made peace with the Olimpico crowd Saturday, defeating Bologna with two goals by Mauro Zarate and obtaining their first home victory of 2009. It was a double-rebirth of sorts, with the the team collectively answering their coach’s “wake-up” call and their Argentine striker (whose last goal was in mid-December) finally returning his name to the scoreboard. Coupled with Matuzalem’s recovery and Foggia’s first top-notch performance of the season, Delio Rossi can be quite satisfied with how his week-end started.

The same cannot be said for Sinisa Mihajlovic unfortunately. His team’s currently 17th in the Serie A standings, one measley point above the first relegated side (who still have to play on Sunday). Despite a very active Marco Di Vaio, Bologna simply were off their pace today: only the entrance of Marazzina (coupled with the removal of Rodriguez) managed to improve the predictability the Rossoblu had shown in the first half. Mihajlovic knows he will need much better performances from his men if he intends to keep Bologna in the Italian top-flight division.