Football Italia Live Blog
This page is no longer live, but check back soon for more Live Blogs!

21:57 That is all for the Liveblog

Check the main site for more post-match coverage. We hope you enjoyed this rather eventful day of Calcio!

21:56 Monza 4-2 Milan

 

21:53 FT: Monza 4-2 Milan

What a game!

21:51 Monza 4-2 Milan: Lorenzo Colombo!

That surely is it for a frankly mad match! Lorenzo Colombo on the counter from another Pessina pass, the striker owned by Milan drills it between Maignan at the near post! He does not celebrate against his parent club.

21:49 Pulisic goal

 

 

21:46 Monza 3-2 Milan: Warren Bondo!

The goal stands! The offside flag was up for Daniel Maldini, who had controlled the Pessina cross-field pass and laid it off to Bondo, and then a stunning curler into the far top corner!

21:45 Monza goal disallowed!

Hang on, the flag is up!

21:43 Monza 2-2 Milan: Christian Pulisic!

The 10 men have completed the comeback from 2-0 down to 2-2! Pulisic cuts inside Carboni and bends a fierce left-foot finish into the far top corner!

21:42 Monza again

Izzo pulls back from the by-line, Thiaw puts it out for a corner.

21:41 Monza chance

Milan trying to build an attack, but Monza go on the counter three against four, decisive block on Pereira!

21:39 Milan change

Florenzi off, Musah on at the 83rd minute.

21:38 Oof!

Gabbia inevitably booked for wiping out Pessina.

21:36 Monza changes

Dany Mota and Colpani off, Daniel Maldini and Pereira on

21:34 Milan chance

Izzo does enough to stop Leao getting control of a ball over the top – no handball – and then cross from the right finds a Loftus-Cheek header straight at Sorrentino.

21:32 Double yellow

Referee books two Monza players in one go. He had given the advantage for the first Bondo foul, then booked Dany Mota Carvalho for handball to stop a counter-attack.

21:31 Maignan save

Colpani cross-field pass finds Birindelli, tries to shoot from a tricky angle and Maignan palms it over.

21:25 Florenzi wide

Florenzi scorcher from a huge distance, t flashes wide of the near post

21:24 Giroud goal

 

21:21 Monza changes

Bondo and Colombo on, Djuric and Valentin Carboni off

21:20 Monza 2-1 Milan: Olivier Giroud!

Cross from the right, Pulisic flicks it on with his head and Giroud at full stretch for the acrobatic finish from close range!

21:19 For the Americans

 

21:18 Monza chance!

They should’ve scored that, cross to the back post and Colpani free header is wide!

21:18 The Jovic red card

 

21:15 Milan chance

Milan with a long passing move from right to left including Pulisic and Reijnders to Leao, but Izzo makes the block from six yards. Corner.

21:13 Monza win a corner

It’s stretching out now, as Milan down to 10 pouring forward, Monza trying to counter.

21:12 Milan attack

Pulisic pulls back from the by-line for Giroud, crucial interception.

21:09 Milan change

Giroud replaces Bennacer.

21:07 Jovic sent off!

Jovic was literally just told to stop being silly and then immediately slapped Izzo in an off the ball situation. What an idiot.

 

21:06 VAR!

VAR suggests an on-field review!

21:05 Jovic booked

The referee saw that coming, just lectured Jovic and Izzo to stop wrestling. Play resumes, 10 seconds later Jovic flails an arm in Izzo’s face and gets booked.

21:04 Milan threaten

Pulisic blasts over the bar from a tricky position.

21:01 2nd half kicks off: Monza 2-0 Milan

20:56 Milan changes

Leao, Pulisic and Reijnders coming on.

Okafor, Chukwueze and Adli off.

20:53 For the Brits

 

20:50 Squad rotation not working

 

20:49 The goal

 

20:48 The penalty

 

20:43 Half-Time: Monza 2-0 Milan

Thiaw having a bit of a nightmare comeback.

20:42 Sorrentino save!

Florenzi free kick takes a deflection off the wall, Sorrentino has to use his legs to parry at the near post!

20:42 Pessina booked

Not even convinced that was a foul, Theo Hernandez just ran into him…

20:39 Monza 2-0 Milan: Dany Mota Carvalho!

Now that is how you counter-attack! Colpani deserves much of the credit for robbing Bennacer, nutmegging Thiaw and rolling across for Dany Mota Carvalho, who cuts inside Florenzi to curl right-footed into the far top corner from 14 yards!

20:37 Double Milan chance!

Loftus-Cheek nods down a cross, acrobatic Jovic volley charged down by Pablo Mari, then Theo Hernandez fires the rebound over!

20:35 8 minutes of stoppages

A very long break for those two head injuries.

20:33 Monza 1-0 Milan: Matteo Pessina penalty!

Stuttering run-up, waited for Maignan to go down. Goal!

20:32 Penalty for Monza!

Thiaw with a frankly ludicrous tackle on Dany Mota Carvalho! He was never winning that ball, it was very silly indeed. He had already fouled Djuric outside the box and the ref played advantage, so that was doubly stupid!

20:31 Monza change

Di Gregorio very slowly walks off, Alessandro Sorrentino on.

 

20:30 Di Gregorio cannot continue

The goalkeeper feels dizzy and it is best not to risk it. So Monza have to make a change.

20:29 Play can finally resume

By the looks of them, Andrea Carboni and Di Gregorio are both getting stitches at half-time. Di Gregorio does not look terribly well, he is talking to his defenders and seems… glassy-eyed.

20:27 Both Monza players getting patched up

Andrea Carboni has a very large bandage wrapped around his head, Di Gregorio still getting treatment. That was a nasty collision between the teammates.

20:24 Ouch

Milan corner whipped in by Adli, Di Gregorio goes to punch it away and there is a nasty collision between the goalkeeper and teammate Carboni. Theo Hernandez wisely ducked and avoided getting smashed.

Di Gregorio seems to have come off worse and is getting treatment for a cut to his head.

20:23 Theo Hernandez attempt

Not a great free kick routine from Milan, and that is an understatement, but Theo Hernandez shot was charged down.

20:21 Djuric booked

The Monza striker goes into the book for a lunge on Bennacer.

20:19 Monza clip the woodwork!

That is the danger of a player like Milan Djuric, the cross is not good from Valentin Carboni, but he still manages with a flick of the head when facing the wrong way to get it on target, clipping the outside of the top corner!

20:19 Okafor has a go

Okafor tries a low cross from the left, but Di Gregorio is alert.

20:18 Bennacer

 

20:13 Monza chance

Carboni cuts inside and strikes, straight at Maignan.

20:11 Counter and Counter

Djuric flicks on a ball to send Colpani on the counter, but it’s intercepted. Instead, Milan attack in a Bennacer give and go with Jovic, but he slips and it all falls apart.

20:09 Chukwueze snapshot

Left-foot strike from outside the box, Di Gregorio is right behind it.

20:07 Knock for Gabbia

Knock to the head for Gabbia. Nowhere near as bad as the one he had at Villarreal a couple of months ago, he’s fine.

20:05 Monza changed system

Monza changed from a three-man defence to 4-2-3-1 today, aiming to mirror and neutralise Milan. It’s working. Not a lot happening.

20:00 Worth noting

Loftus-Cheek, Florenzi and Musah are all one card away from suspension and next week it’s Atalanta

19:59 Milan in their new white kit

This is the white version of last week’s black, but both have embossed patterns representing the architecture of the city.

19:53 Milan close

Chukwueze bursts past Carboni down the right, pulls back, Bennacer lays it off for Theo Hernandez, shot deflected wide!

19:52 Monza over

Monza corner, Pablo Mari effort deflected over for another corner, which is cleared.

19:50 Jovic chance

Free kick finds Jovic for the header, straight at Di Gregorio.

19:49 De Rossi comments

 

19:48 We have kick-off in Monza vs. Milan!

A big game for Milan, a win would put them in second place above Juventus.

19:46 A minute’s silence before kick-off

In memory of the 5 workers who were killed during a construction accident in Florence on Friday. Because nobody should go to work and not come back.

19:44 Out come the teams

Monza: Di Gregorio; Birindelli, Izzo, Pablo Marí, A Carboni; Gagliardini, Pessina; V Carboni, Colpani, Mota; Djuric

Milan: Maignan; Florenzi, Thiaw, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Adli, Bennacer; Chukwueze, Loftus-Cheek, Okafor; Jovic

19:37 Scaroni comments

 

19:34 Ibra

 

19:14 Fireworks

 

19:13 Olivier Giroud (Milan)

“We are in good shape, not that you can tell because Inter are doing so well, but we will do everything to get as close to them as we can,” he told DAZN.

Giroud played his 700th club match in the 3-0 win over Rennes midweek, so how many more games does he think he will play, and how many of those will be at Milan?

“I did not know that was my 700th game at club level, there are more with the international fixtures. I am proud, I feel good and it is right to rest like tonight, but I am always ready to come on if the coach needs me.

“I don’t like to look too far into the future, so the objective is to end the season well, try to win something and hope to do well in Serie A.”

19:02 The Berlusconi Derby

This will always be the match for old memories, as Adriano Galliani spent over 30 years in charge of Milan as the right-hand man to Silvio Berlusconi, then followed the President to Monza.

He remained by his side until Berlusconi’s death in June 2023.

18:58 Milan arrive

 

18:55 FT: Frosinone 0-3 Roma

 

18:51 Monza vs. Milan

 

18:49 Monza vs. Milan line-ups

Monza: Di Gregorio; Birindelli, Izzo, Pablo Marí, A Carboni; Gagliardini, Pessina; V Carboni, Colpani, Mota; Djuric

Milan: Maignan; Florenzi, Thiaw, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Adli, Bennacer; Chukwueze, Loftus-Cheek, Okafor; Jovic

18:46 Milan XI

 

18:43 Roma changes

Smalling – no, really CHRIS SMALLING – and Aouar on, Baldanzi and Angelino off. Defender’s first appearance since September.

18:42 Frosinone 0-3 Roma: Leandro Paredes penalty!

Sent Turati the wrong way, calm conversion into the bottom corner.

18:41 Penalty for Roma!

VAR on-field review, ref changes his mind and gives the penalty.

18:40 Roma appeals

Baldanzi shot hit Okoli on the leg and arm, it’s not entirely clear which is first, but the arm was raised. VAR is checking.

18:38 Azmoun booked

Crashes into Mazzitelli. More clumsy than mean.

Svilar had to be on his toes then to capture a dangerous Gelli cross from the right, it was swerving.

18:36 Frosinone change

Barrenechea replaces Reinier

18:33 Frosinone 0-2 Roma: Sardar Azmoun!

Turati did what he could on the absolute screamer from distance by Cristante that dipped at the last second and bounced in front of him, then Azmoun was quick to react on the rebound!

18:30 Azmoun chance

Celik through ball for Azmoun, angled drive charged down for a corner.

18:28 Subs

Celik on, Kristensen off for Roma.

Caso, Cheddira and Harroui on for Frosinone, Kaio Jorge, Brescianini and Lirola off

18:27 Roma panic

Oh dear, Svilar slips during a pass out from the back and Roma get away with a huge scare! Mancini is then booked for a foul through the back of Reinier.

18:24 El Shaarawy chance

Rapid counter-attack from SES and he blasts it not far over the bar at all!

18:21 Lirola scuffs

Brescianini lays it off for Lirola on the edge of the area, weak finish at Svilar.

18:20 Mazzitelli risky

Mazzitelli slips and is about to allow Roma to go clear on goal, but just about gets his heel to it and manages to find a teammate.

18:17 Milan team bus arrives

 

18:16 Frosinone chance

Cross to the back post knocked back, Mancini clears and a spectacular Mazzitelli volley from 25 metres out dips viciously to hit the roof of the net!

18:14 Roma look more confident

The tactical change also made Roma more solid, they are trying to build attacking moves, but Frosinone defending well.

18:12 Monza bus arrives

 

18:07 2nd half kicks off: Frosinone 0-1 Roma

18:05 Roma changes

Lukaku and Huijsen off, Pellegrini and Llorente on.

Huijsen was booked, De Rossi wants to protect him. And Azmoun moves into attack.

18:05 Only 18

 

17:53 Huijsen goal

 

17:50 Half-Time: Frosinone 0-1 Roma

Another chance on the stroke of half-time, deflected effort skims the far post.

17:48 Frosinone keep pushing

Series of crosses and corners, Roma hanging on under pressure.

17:46 Huijsen goal

 

17:45 Frosinone threaten

Misplaced Huijsen pass across the final third, intercepted and Reinier tries to score from a huge distance with a lob, but it’s wide of the target.

17:42 Huijsen booked

Huijsen first did a big Cristiano Ronaldo celebration, then put his finger to his lips to silence the crowd. There is reason for that, as he was practically a Frosinone player in January only to drop them like a stone when Roma called.

17:41 Frosinone 0-1 Roma: Dean Huijsen!

What a goal that is! And from a centre-back, too! Dribbles forward through the centre, little shimmy to get away from a defender and right-foot curler into the far top corner!

17:40 Azmoun needs treatment

Just got a knock above the knee, nothing serious, but sore in the moment.

17:38 Kaio Jorge again

Frosinone might start to regret wasting this many chances. Roma caught in possession in the final third, Kaio Jorge blasts over.

17:34 KAIO JORGE, HOW?

How on earth did he not score any of those THREE clear-cut chances? Pull-back from the by-line, first attempt from seven yards parried by Svilar, second charged down, third goes wide!

17:33 Another Frosinone chance

Brescianini rocket from the edge of the box, deflected wide by Mancini!

17:33 Buddies

 

17:28 Frosinone again

Brescianini cross to the back post finds Reinier for a relatively free header, which he turns wide!

17:26 Svilar save!

That is a splendid save, at full stretch with one hand to palm the Soule curler around the post!

17:25 Soule close!

Frosinone threaten, Soule cuts inside from the right and pretends to curl towards the far top corner, instead goes for a delicate snooker shot and skims the base of the near post!

17:22 El Shaarawy can’t get there

Azmoun cross from the left, El Shaarawy has gone into the more central role and can’t get his head to it.

17:20 Promising Frosinone move

Mazzitelli inspired long ball sends Frosinone on the attack, eventually Soule can pull back from the by-line, but only into the arms of Svilar.

17:17 Save on Lukaku

Good attacking move from Baldanzi, through ball initially cut out by Monterisi, El Shaarawy does eventually get it to him and Lukaku stings the goalkeeper’s gloves at the near post.

17:13 Roma attack

Baldanzi give and go with Azmoun, then the former Empoli man’s through ball for El Shaarawy, who can’t quite get it under control.

17:11 Brescianini wide

It took ages to set that free kick up and then Brescianini drilled it wide.

17:06 Strong Frosinone start

Series of corners, Kaio Jorge shot charged down by Huijsen in the box.

17:03 We have kick-off in Frosinone vs. Roma!

17:01 Technical issues

Assistant referee’s communication pack isn’t working.

Sounds like more Roma fans than Frosinone here. Not surprising, they’re basically neighbours.

16:59 A minute’s silence

For the 5 victims of the construction accident in Florence yesterday.

Mostly silence, a few idiots decided to shout and got drowned out by applause.

16:58 Old friends

Big hug between De Rossi and Di Francesco. They were teammates. De Rossi was Di Francesco’s player. Now they are colleagues on the touchline.

16:56 Out come the teams

Frosinone: Turati; Lirola, Monterisi, Okoli, Valeri; Brescianini, Mazzitelli; Gelli, Soulé, Kaio Jorge; Reinier

Roma: Svilar; Kristensen, Mancini, Huijsen, Angelino; Cristante, Paredes, Baldanzi; Azmoun, El Shaarawy; Lukaku

16:52 De Rossi comments

 

16:34 That goalkeeper decision

DAZN report there are no fitness issues for Rui Patricio, he is quite simply dropped in favour of Mile Svilar.

16:30 Baldanzi full debut

 

16:28 Roma warming up

 

16:27 Vincenzo Italiano

 

16:08 De Rossi

It’s a short journey, as Frosinone is right near Rome.

 

16:05 Frosinone vs. Roma line-ups

 

16:03 Frosinone vs. Roma line-ups

Frosinone: Turati; Lirola, Monterisi, Okoli, Valeri; Brescianini, Mazzitelli; Gelli, Soulé, Kaio Jorge; Reinier

Roma: Svilar; Kristensen, Mancini, Huijsen, Angelino; Cristante, Paredes, Baldanzi; Azmoun, El Shaarawy; Lukaku

16:01 Empoli 1-1 Fiorentina

 

15:58 FT: Empoli 1-1 Fiorentina

15:57 Udinese 1-1 Cagliari

 

15:56 Goal-line clearance for Empoli!

Walukiewicz to the rescue, that had surprised Caprile! The goalkeeper tried to rush out and clear a throw-in, which proved to be a bad idea, Bonaventura tried to send it towards goal from a tricky angle.

15:55 FT: Udinese 1-1 Cagliari

15:53 Stoppages in Empoli

Into 4 minutes, still 1-1.

15:52 Yerry Mina!

Ebosele was on the counter, he was clear for Udinese, but Yerry Mina uses his experience and giant body to block the path and doesn’t even give away a corner.

15:51 Cagliari chance

Corner cleared to the edge of the area, where Di Pardo’s half volley goes over the bar.

15:50 Stoppages in Udine

Into 5 minutes of injury time.

15:50 Empoli change

Pezzella on for Cacace

15:47 Fiorentina off target

A long passing move, but Mandragora ends up blasting over.

15:47 Udinese threaten

Payero tries to steer it back from the by-line, but runs out of pitch.

15:42 Udinese subs

Payero, Brenner and Success on, Thauvin, Lucca and Lovric off

15:39 Fiorentina switch

Biraghi injured or largely exhausted, Parisi on

15:37 Cagliari changes

Ranieri waited until the 78th minute to make his first subs.

Pavoletti, Di Pardo and Nandez on, Jankto, Zappa and Lapadula off

15:35 Fiorentina changes

Ikone and Bonaventura on, Sottil and Belotti off

15:33 Samardzic!

Samardzic cuts inside and shoots from the edge of the area, but it flashes wide!

15:32 Biraghi booked

He had to take one of the team, as the Fiorentina captain had been well and truly skinned by Zurkowski.

15:28 Cagliari close

Gaetano flashes a ball across the six-yard box, but Luvumbo can’t connect!

15:27 Empoli chance!

Razvan Marin scorcher is dipping viciously and Terracciano has to palm it away!

15:25 Fiorentina changes

Kayode and Arthur on, Faraoni and Duncan off

15:24 Udinese changes

Joao Ferreira and Ebosele on, Zemura and Ehizibue off

15:23 Fiorentina so close

Sottil angled drive takes a slight deflection and SKIMS the far post!

15:19 Empoli 1-1 Fiorentina: M’Baye Niang penalty!

His second penalty of the season for Empoli, buried into the roof of the net.

15:18 Penalty for Empoli!

Cancellieri on the counter-attack, Faraoni has a hand on the shoulder and pulls him back.

15:18 Udinese close

Thuavin cross-field pass for Lucca, well-taken volley with the right boot, but wide!

15:16 Empoli threaten

Cacace gets down the left, flashes a ball across the face of goal and nobody ready to meet it. This is becoming a trend for Empoli.

15:14 Roma in black

 

15:11 Empoli wasteful

Empoli on another rapid counter with Cambiaghi, but again his teammates don’t finish it off, this time Cancellieri prods it straight at Terracciano.

15:08 Cagliari hit the crossbar!

Huge chance for Cagliari to turn the game around, Lapadula on the volley smashes it against the bar from 12 yards!

15:07 Empoli changes

Gyasi and Cerri off, Niang and Fazzini on

15:05 2nd half kicks off: Udinese 1-1 Cagliari

15:03 Gaetano goal

 

14:52 Half-Time: Empoli 0-1 Fiorentina

Very tense at the Castellani with complaints over refereeing, even President Fabrizio Corsi comes down to the side of the pitch to protest.

14:50 Beltran goal

 

14:49 Half-Time: Udinese 1-1 Cagliari

Cagliari were pinned back for most of that half, but woke up at the end and are on level terms.

14:46 Udinese 1-1 Cagliari: Gianluca Gaetano!

Gaetano spreads the ball down the left, then finishes the run through the centre for a glancing header into the far corner!

14:45 Fiorentina clip the upright!

Free kick to the back post, Lucas Martinez-Quarta header clips the upright!

14:44 Cagliari’s first opportunity

Lapadula free kick gets through and zips along the turf, the goalkeeper struggles to smother.

14:41 Udinese chance

Error playing out from the back, Samardzic smacks it immediately and just over the bar!

14:35 Empoli chance

Fantastic run down the left from Cambiaghi, went past everyone with a change of pace, pulled back from the by-line and there’s nobody there to meet it!

14:34 Huge Udinese chance!

That was a free header for Lucca on the Thauvin cross, he really should’ve done better, but steered it wide!

14:32 Empoli 0-1 Fiorentina: Lucas Beltran!

Empoli were still down to 10 men, as Marin hadn’t come on yet, and Mandragora feeds the ball through a sea of legs to release Beltran for a precise angled drive down the right flank!

 

14:31 Udinese again

Samardzic strike charged down by Yerry Mina. Cagliari can’t get out of their own half.

14:30 Empoli have to change

Grassi tried to carry on, but he seems to have pulled an abdominal muscle and cannot continue. So he makes way for Marin.

14:28 Save on Faraoni

Apparently he can play just fine with his ankle strapped up, because the low angled drive is beaten away by Caprile!

14:27 Triple Udinese chance

Three attempts charged down in the same move! Ehizibue, Thauvin and Zemura all denied.

14:25 Zemura goal

 

14:24 Faraoni hobbles back on

The medics wrapped his ankle up rather tightly, so not quite sure how he can play like that.

14:23 Trouble for Fiorentina

Faraoni is in a lot of pain, seems to have sprained his right ankle.

14:22 Lucca booked

Udinese striker Lucca booked for doing a ‘are you mad?’ gesture towards the referee when a foul is given against him.

14:19 Lazio silent

 

14:19 Cagliari threaten

Offside trap fails, roll across from the left and Okoye is alert to smother at the feet of Lapadula.

14:15 Udinese 1-0 Cagliari!

Jordan Zemura with his first ever Serie A goal! He gathers just inside the box, controls with a left-foot touch and curls a stunning right-foot finish into the far top corner!

 

14:13 Empoli again

Faraoni had run forward, lost it and left a big gap in defence, but they failed to make the most of that opportunity.

14:09 Empoli promising

Cerri wins it back off Mandragora and sparks a counter, Milenkovic and Terracciano not quite on the same page, but still just about manage to stop Maleh finishing it off.

14:08 Udinese chance

Ehizibue cuts inside from the right and his snapshot is straight at Scuffet.

14:03 Gyasi booked

That was quick… Gyasi went in very, very late on Biraghi’s ankle and is booked after 60 seconds, so will be suspended for the next Empoli match. And Biraghi is in a lot of pain.

14:02 We have kick-off in Empoli vs. Fiorentina!

14:02 We have kick-off in Udinese vs. Cagliari!

14:00 Minute’s silence

Fiorentina also wear black armbands and a minute’s silence in all games for the 5 victims of a building accident in Florence on Friday.

14:00 Thiago Motta

 

13:46 Zirkzee

 

13:37 Udinese vs. Cagliari line-ups

Empoli: Caprile; Ismajli, Walukiewicz, Luperto; Gyasi, Grassi, Maleh, Cacace; Cambiaghi, Zurkowski; Cerri

Fiorentina: Terracciano; Faraoni, Martinez-Quarta, Milenkovic, Biraghi; Mandragora, Duncan; Nico Gonzalez, Beltran, Sottil; Belotti

Udinese: Okoye; Perez, Giannetti, Kristensen; Ehizibue, Samardzic, Walace, Lovric, Zemura; Thauvin, Lucca

Cagliari: Scuffet; Zappa, Mina, Dossena, Augello; Makoumbou, Deiola, Jankto; Gaetano; Lapadula, Luvumbo

13:34 The Zirkzee goal

 

13:30 Lazio 1-2 Bologna

13:28 FT: Lazio 1-2 Bologna

 

13:27 No good

Beukema gets his head to it first.

13:27 Corner

Now Provedel comes up!

13:26 Provedel wants to go up

Provedel is begging to run up for every free kick in stoppages. Sarri won’t let him yet.

13:23 Lazio chance

Lucumi error lets the Guendouzi ball through, but Castellanos doesn’t make the most of it. So the ref calls it back and gives the free kick for Ferguson’s foul on Guendouzi. We are into 4 minutes of stoppages.

13:21 Worth noting

Both teams played on Wednesday, as Bologna beat Fiorentina 2-0, so while yes it was a Champions League tie, Lazio can’t just use that as an excuse.

13:17 Bologna changes

Orsolini and Kristiansen off, Lykogiannis and Calafiori on

13:15 Udinese vs. Cagliari line-ups

Udinese: Okoye; Perez, Giannetti, Kristensen; Ehizibue, Samardzic, Walace, Lovric, Zemura; Thauvin, Lucca

Cagliari: Scuffet; Zappa, Mina, Dossena, Augello; Makoumbou, Deiola, Jankto; Gaetano; Lapadula, Luvumbo

13:14 Empoli vs. Fiorentina line-ups

Empoli: Caprile; Ismajli, Walukiewicz, Luperto; Gyasi, Grassi, Maleh, Cacace; Cambiaghi, Zurkowski; Cerri

Fiorentina: Terracciano; Faraoni, Martinez-Quarta, Milenkovic, Biraghi; Mandragora, Duncan; Nico Gonzalez, Beltran, Sottil; Belotti

13:11 Lazio 1-2 Bologna: Joshua Zirkzee!

He started the move and he finished it! Marusic trips Ndoye, still the ball comes through to Zirkzee, who spreads it to Kristiansen down the left, then runs through the centre to be ready to meet the return pass from 12 yards!

13:09 Lazio changes

Kamada and Pellegrini on, Luis Alberto and Lazzari off

13:08 Huge save on Castellanos!

Big chance for Lazio! Ball over the top, Castellanos springs the offside trap, good first touch, but Skorupski comes tearing off his line and palms it off his feet!

13:05 Bologna changes

Ndoye, Aebischer and Urbanski on, Saelemaekers, El Azzouzi and Fabbian off

13:03 Lucumi intercepts

Lazzari tries to roll across, intercepted by Lucumi, should’ve pulled it back to Luis Alberto in a better position. Castellanos header then easy for Skorupski.

13:02 Bologna swarming

Zirkzee nutmeg manages to pull it to the edge of the area from the right, but nobody on the end of it.

12:57 Lazio subs

Castellanos and Pedro on, Immobile and Isaksen off

12:57 Sarri furious

Cataldi goes down on the edge of the box clutching his back, was shoved by Ferguson mid-air. Ref waved play on, but that was an elbow in the ribs. It was rude.

12:53 Casale decisive

Casale intercepts the Zirkzee roll across from the right, that would’ve been a tap-in from six yards for Fabbian. Bologna are in control here, Lazio need to shake things up.

12:51 Posch danger

A couple of Posch headers from Bologna corners are off target.

12:49 It remains open

Zirkzee snapshot from distance easy for Provedel, then Lazio make little of a corner.

12:45 Ferguson strike charged down

Good period of Bologna pressure, Ferguson strike charged down for a corner.

12:44 Fiorentina

 

12:39 El Azzouzi booked

He insists he got the ball, which he did, along with a lot of the player’s foot.

12:38 2nd half kicks off: Lazio 1-1 Bologna

No changes, Patric already went off injured for Casale.

12:32 Oussama El Azzouzi goal

 

12:21 Half-Time: Lazio 1-1 Bologna

Protests from Lazio, who feel Isaksen is fouled by Ferguson right on the edge of the box, but doesn’t seem to be much in it really.

12:18 Lazio goal

 

12:16 Cleared off the line!

On the resulting corner, Guendouzi shot has surprised Skorupski, but Lucumi clears off the line!

12:14 Save on Isaksen

Good work from Guendouzi, Isaksen stings Skorupski’s gloves at the near post.

12:13 Lazio 1-1 Bologna: Oussama El Azzouzi!

VAR confirms – Casale was keeping him onside! Fabbian intercepted the poor pass, El Azzouzi tapped in from close range!

12:11 Bologna goal disallowed!

That might not be as clear as it initially looked…

It was a right mess from Luis Alberto, overhitting the back-pass to Provedel, then El Azzouzi pounced. Casale might’ve been keeping everyone onside there…

12:09 Bologna close

Saelemaekers free kick somehow goes through the Lazio wall, but still wide.

12:08 Cataldi booked

Cataldi trips Ferguson just outside the D and is carded, dangerous spot for a free kick.

12:03 Save on Isaksen!

That is a STUNNING save from Skorupski! Isaksen left-foot curler was going into the far top corner, the goalkeeper got his FINGERTIPS to it and pushed the ball onto the upright!

11:57 Fabbian booked

Fabbian booked for an off the ball whack in the face. They were wrestling for position.

11:56 Save on Immobile

Immobile sprung the offside trap on the Cataldi through ball, again Skorupski parried with his feet.

11:55 Bologna chance

Cross whipped all the way across the six-yard box, Zirkzee and Orsolini can’t quite get to it!

11:50 Lazio 1-0 Bologna: Gustav Isaksen!

Like that earlier chance, Bologna caught in possession with a misplaced Lucumi pass and are made to pay. Isaksen intercepts, give and go with Immobile and sweeps it home from just inside the box!

11:49 Felipe Anderson is in a good mood

He tends to be either fantastic or awful. This looks like a day for the former. He’s driving Posch quite mad.

11:46 Lazio goal disallowed!

Immobile was offside on the inspired through ball from Felipe Anderson and then beat Skorupski at the near post, but it won’t count.

11:44 Lazio change

Patric looks distraught. He has to limp off after just 12 minutes, making way for Casale. Romagnoli is suspended.

11:42 Patric has an issue

This is his first start in a month and there was a three-way collision earlier, but not sure if that’s what is causing his pain now. He is touching his stomach/groin.

11:40 Save on Immobile

A lot of Bologna possession, but Lazio almost score with their first break, Immobile low drive beaten away by Skorupski’s foot after Lucumi robbed by Isaksen.

11:35 Bologna chance

Strong start from Bologna, Lewis Ferguson blasts just over the bar from the edge of the box with his right boot.

11:32 We have kick-off in Lazio vs. Bologna!

Beautiful, sunny afternoon in Rome.

11:31 Minute’s silence

There is a minute’s silence before every game this weekend for the 5 victims of the construction accident in Florence on Friday.

11:28 Out come the teams

Lazio: Provedel; Lazzari, Patric, Gila, Marusic; Guendouzi, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Isaksen, Immobile, Felipe Anderson

Bologna: Skorupski; Posch, Beukema, Lucumi, Kristiansen; El Azzouzi, Fabbian, Ferguson; Orsolini, Zirkzee, Saelemaekers

11:26 Remembering Sinisa Mihajlovic

Sinisa’s wife Arianna is in the stands, his two Lazio jerseys are by the side of the pitch and the whole crowd united in a moment to remember the man who represented both clubs so well, as player and coach.

It’s particularly touching, as it would’ve been his birthday on Tuesday.

11:23 Ciro Immobile record

 

11:19 Thiago Motta on Sky Sport Italia

“It is a fantastic day, a fantastic stadium, we hope it will see good football, fair, played well by the two teams. We have another opportunity to prove our quality, playing in our style of football, and then we’ll see what happens.

“El Azzouzi started against Monza, then he went to AFCON, he is positive, he always wants the ball and I am sure he’ll have a great performance.

“Skorupski and Ravaglia both deserve to play, they both work well, today it is Lukasz’s turn. It is an advantage for us to have two great goalkeepers we can rely on.

“I am not worried about our away record, because we played well on our travels and many times deserved more than the result we achieved. We have to play our football, impose our style on the game against Lazio.”

11:14 Maurizio Sarri to Sky Sport Italia

“We must take it one game at a time, without looking at what the context is. We sincerely thank the Lega for another ambush, as yet again we have to play at lunchtime just a couple of days after the Champions League with Bayern Munich…

“At this moment, we do not have many options to rotate the squad, so we must grit our teeth and keep going like this, without alibis.

“Bologna have more possession than anyone else in the second half of the season, but the difference with many other teams who keep possession is that they manage to maintain a tactical balance. It is a very difficult match.”

11:05 Lazio vs. Bologna team news

The Biancocelesti had an extraordinary week in the Champions League, beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.

Ciro Immobile converted the decisive penalty, but Matias Vecino and Alessio Romagnoli are both suspended here, with Mattia Zaccagni, Elseid Hysaj and Nicolò Rovella injured.

Luca Pellegrini is not fully fit either, so Patric returns to the starting XI for the first time since dislocating his shoulder on January 14.

Bologna have Remo Freuler sitting out a ban and Adama Soumaoro injured, but are in fine form after three wins in the last four games.

Riccardo Orsolini and Alexis Saelemaekers provide support for sought-after centre-forward Zirkzee.

11:02 Warm-ups

 

10:51 Remembering Sinisa

 

10:32 Line-ups

 

10:30 Lazio vs. Bologna line-ups

Lazio: Provedel; Lazzari, Patric, Gila, Marusic; Guendouzi, Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Isaksen, Immobile, Felipe Anderson

Bologna: Skorupski; Posch, Beukema, Lucumi, Kristiansen; El Azzouzi, Fabbian, Ferguson; Orsolini, Zirkzee, Saelemaekers

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s five Serie A games, including Lazio-Bologna, Frosinone-Roma and Monza-Milan.

We begin at 11.30 GMT with a showdown for European ambitions between Lazio and Bologna.

At 14.00 GMT there’s both the Tuscan derby Empoli-Fiorentina and relegation dogfight Udinese-Cagliari

Roma visit Frosinone at 17.00 GMT, then Milan can leapfrog Juventus into second place with a win away to Monza.

  • All
  • Favourites 0
Italian Serie A
17:30
19:45
Tickets Kit Collector