WOOT! *dances about tipsily*
that was all kinds of grand.
ROMA-LAZIO 3-2 (2-1)
MARCATORI: Rocchi (L) all'12' pt, Vucinic (R) al 18' pt, Mancini (R) al 42' pt; Perrotta (R) all'11' st, Ledesma (L) al 25' st
Obviously we had to make things hard for ourselves, going 0-1 down, and then again by conceding with 20 minutes (an exceptional free-kick from Ledesma) to go to make for an anxious finale, but we more than deserved our win, I think the scoreline rather flatters the biancocelesti, and we did just fine without Totti. Vucinic scored our equaliser - beautiful effort after a one-two with Mancini - and really should have had another, the number of chances he had. But he was instrumental in Perrotta's goal, and generally gave the Lazio defence a hard time for much of the game. 3 goals in 3 games, and all important ones at that - the winners against Milan away and Sporting at home, and our opener tonight. Am really please cos I rate him and he has had a horrible year, with heaps of abuse poured on him, but tonight the fans were singing his name.
So we are beginning to be less Tottidependenti when it comes to scoring. Should have been four right near the end, too, with Giuly setting up Cassetti for a total sitter which he managed somehow to miss. Lazio finally woke up after their second goal and looked pretty decent, they pass the ball around nicely, but it was a case of too little too late (and just as well!) Overall it was a great match, exciting, a bit tense, some really great goals, and some very attractive attacking football from both sides.
My only complaint is that the Curva Nord were louder than I remembered them and at times much too loud. Still, it's not like we were quiet much. This kind of skips annoyingly in the middle, dunno why, possibly me being cackhanded and a bit focused on other things.
Favourite songs to sing at Lazio include "Sembra Napoli... è la curva B" and, one of my favourites, to the tune of Don't Cry for Me Argentina (which is a great tune for football chants and should be more widely used) "Laziale pezzo di merda, Tutta la curva t'insulta... Questo canzone è per te, con tutto l'odio che c'è, sempre più forte...!"
Disgracefully it was not even close to sold out: in particular, they had not sold out their whole end. Scandal! We had not sold all our €200 seats, which seems fair enough. But what's their excuse? On the other hand, they had some visitors from further afield:(click to see full size) If they can make it down from Poland, surely they can heft themselves up here from Frosinone? there must be enough of the buggers to fill their own curva, surely?
Anyway I'm happy, I dare say Mirko Vucinic is very happy, God is in his heaven and all's right with the world. (oh, apart from Milan winning 0-5 at Samp, but that's another, less important story for another day).