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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico 5th January 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Orsato

Lazio Lazio vs Cagliari Cagliari

Lazio 2

A Konko (79)
A Candreva (pen 86)


Cagliari 1

M Sau (62)
M Agazzi (S/O 83)
A Cossu (S/O 84)

Lazio dig deep to beat Cagliari

Last Updated: 05/01/13 10:13pm

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Antonio Candreva: Earned Lazio a dramatic victory

Antonio Candreva: Earned Lazio a dramatic victory

Lazio reduced the deficit on Serie A leaders Juventus to five points as they came from behind to beat nine-man Cagliari 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

All of the action came in the second half with Marco Sau putting Cagliari in front in the 62nd minute.

Abdoulay Konko levelled 10 minutes from time before a penalty from Antonio Candreva earned them all three points with goalkeeper Michael Agazzi and Andrea Cossu both sent off for the visitors.

The first half hardly hinted at what was to come in the second 45 minutes with only a few chances, mostly for the home side.

Hernanes' free-kick dipped on to the top of the crossbar in the 16th minute and the Brazilian had another shot which Agazzi saved in the 37th minute.

Cagliari's best chance was missed by Radja Nainggolan in the 18th minute when his first effort was saved and the ball then struck the Cagliari midfielder again before being cleared off the line by Andre Dias.

Miroslav Klose then shot wide of the post after rounding Agazzi for the home side's best chance of the first 45 minutes.

The game came to life shortly after the hour mark when Sau gave Cagliari a shock lead, Stefan Radu having headed against a post at the other end.

The Sardinian forward picked the ball up 20 yards from goal and waited for a gap to open up before firing a shot low past Federico Marchetti into the bottom corner.

Lazio responded as expected with Candreva's volley pushed behind in the 79th minute.

From the corner, Giuseppe Biava headed the ball to the far post, where Konko was on hand to tuck it in and bring the Biancoceleste level.

Four minutes later, Klose was put through and his lob over Agazzi, who clattered into the Germany striker after his shot, landed on the roof of the net.

However, the referee brought play back and awarded a penalty for the clash, showing Agazzi a second yellow card.

Cossu headed down the tunnel straight after his team-mate as he was shown a straight red card for protesting the referee's decision, but there were no complaints from Lazio as Candreva converted from the spot to earn them all three points.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 37 70
3 Lazio 37 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18