Sports Mole brings you action from the Coppa Italia where holders Lazio host Parma for a place in the last eight.
By Matt Cotton, Reporter Filed: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 19:28 UK
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:05 UK
Defending champions Lazio took on Parma on Tuesday night for a place in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.
The winner of this all-Serie A tie would book a date with either Napoli or Atalanta in the last eight.
In a tight affair, Lazio found a dramatic, late winner to move into the next round of the competition.
Read how it all unfolded in the live commentary below.
7.30pmGood evening and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the Coppa Italia where reigning champions Lazio host Parma at the Stadio Olimpico.
7.35pmIt's cup time in Italy, and the holders are in action. Lazio beat arch rivals Roma in the final last season, and will be hoping to emerge successful in the competition again this term. The winner of this tie will meet either high-flying Napoli or Atalanta in the last eight.
7.38pmA good run in the competition would be the perfect tonic for Lazio, as they look to kick-start their relatively poor Serie A campaign. Winning becomes a habit, so they say. Or at least that's what new manager Edoardo Reja will be hoping having replaced the sacked Vladimir Petkovic on the bench earlier this month. However, Reja did say that his Lazio team, that sit ninth in Serie A and eight points off the European places, would be rotated for the game this evening.
7.40pmMeanwhile Parma, who sit two points and a place above Lazio in the league, will be looking to continue their impressive unbeaten run of nine games in all competitions. However, they haven't won away at the Olimpico since a Serie A match back in 2009. Roberto Donadoni will undoubtedly shake up his team, with the recently-dropped Antonio Cassano and Nicola Sansone both likely to start.
7.40pmWhile on the topic of team news, let's take a look and see what the managers have gone with this evening, starting with Lazio.
7.42pmReja has kept to his word and named a much-changed side as Lazio make nine changes to the team that faced Bologna at the weekend.
7.42pmOnly goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and Brazilian playmaker Felipe Anderson keep their place in the side. The entire back four is changed with Stefan Radu coming in as captain, and Brayan Perea leads the line up front.
7.45pmI'll bring you the news from the Lazio bench once I get it. But until then, here is the Parma lineup.
7.56pmLazio will expect a certain victory and progress into the next round of the cup tonight, especially since they've been much better at home than away this season. The Rome outfit have won their last two matches at home, against Livorno and Inter, but in turn were beaten away 4-1 by Verona before drawing with Bologna last weekend. However, since appointing Reja as their manager, his extremely defensive style has managed to earn four points from two matches.
8pmParma have traditionally been better at home than on the road, but are currently unbeaten away from home since November. However, They have drawn five times during that period, but have beaten Torino and Livorno already in this competition.
1 minKICK OFF! We're underway. Lazio in their light blue shirts with white shorts and socks, while Parma wear all black.
2 minNot the greatest start for Parma as Radu slides in from a corner at the far post and crashes into Bajza, who has stayed down and needs treatment.
5 minAt one point it looked certain that Bajza would be coming off, but play has now continued after a few minutes of treatment.
7 minCHANCE! The first shot on goal of the match goes to Parma, and Parolo races onto a pass into the left side of the penalty area. He gets a shot away with his left foot, but lofts it over Berisha and the Lazio crossbar.
10 minLazio are starting to take control of possession now, but are yet to test Rajza.
12 minCHANCE! Again it's fallen to Parma, and again it's comfortable for Lazio. The corner is swung in to the back post from the left, but the grappling Sansone can only head the ball over.
15 minMISS! Huge chance for Lazio to take the lead, as Onazi floats a cross from the right to the far post. Rajza looks to have this covered, but Balde comes out of nowhere and skies his shot over from close range. Should have done much better there.
17 minDespite having had more possession, Lazio have not really created too much.
18 minCHANCE! As I say that, Lazio should go in front. A dangerous corner is swung in to the edge of the six-yard area from the left, and it's far too easy for Perea to get his head to the ball. However, he nods the ball straight at Bajza, and Parma are mightely relieved.
19 minParma are weathering a bit of a storm from the home side at the moment though, as Lazio enjoy a succession of corners.
25 minThere it is, Lazio are in front! Onazi smashes a low effort from range outside the box on the right, which is stopped by Bajza. However, he can only parry it right in front of him, where Perea snaps it up and makes it 1-0.
28 minCLOSE! Nearly an instant response from Parma and Antonio Cassano. The Italian picks up the ball on the left of the box, before jinking inside and curling a dipping shot just wide of the back post.
31 minYELLOW CARD: Lucas Biglia goes into the book for Lazio after a handball. Seemed a bit harsh , and Parma have a free kick.
33 minParma opt to go for goal from range, but the low free kick is easily held by Berisha.
35 minCHANCE! Parma go close again, this time through Parolo. After some nice build-up play, he hammers a low shot across the face of goal which takes a deflection on it's way to sailing wide.
37 minParma have responded fairly well since falling behind, and have been the better team over the past number of minutes. They've come close a couple of times, but haven't tested Berisha yet.
43 minParma are level and deservedly so. The ball is clipped into the far post where Biabiany is left unmarked. However, he brilliantly brings the ball under control, before taking a touch to set himself and curl the finish into the far corner. Game on.
45 minWe will have three minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
45+1 minYELLOW CARD: Felipe is booked by the referee for tripping Ederson on the run. However, the Lazio man didn't half throw himself to the ground.
45+3 minLazio have a pop at goal from the free kick, which is slammed low towards the near post. Bajza has so much time to collect this, but he fumbles it once again and just gets away with it.
8.55pmDecent half of football there, with a deserved scoreline at the break.
8.57pmThe holders went ahead thanks to a Rajza spillage that led to a delicate chipped finish by Perea. However, Parma responded well and deservedly got back on level terms thanks to a brilliant bit of close control and finish from Biabiany.
9.04pmParma have returned early for the second half. They'll be keen to carry on as they left off.
9.06pmLazio have now also made their way back out. Parma to kick off.
46 minKICK OFF! Parma, playing from left to right, get the second half up and running.
48 minEarly save for Bajza, but it was relatively comfortable as Onazi's side-foot shot lack power.
49 minCHANCE! Big opportunity for Parma to take the lead as Cassano crosses from the left of the box. Gargano arrives at the far post and has a clear sight of goal, but he volleys over the bar.
52 minParma are on top at the moment, but haven't managed to draw a save out of Berisha.
56 minLAZIO CHANGE: First switch of the match as Stefan Radu jogs off and is replaced by Luis Cavanda.
59 minLazio have started to come back into the game a bit more now, but the match has been a bit drab so far in this second half.
62 minGerman international Miroslav Klose, who is out of contract with Lazio at the end of the season, is preparing to come on.
64 minRaffaele Palladino is also stripped and ready to come on for Parma. Something needs to change to liven this up a bit.
66 minPARMA CHANGE: Bit of a surprise this one, as it's Biabiany, who scored Parma's equaliser, who makes his way off. Palladino on.
67 minLAZIO CHANGE: And here is Klose, coming on for Ederson.
69 minCLOSE! How this isn't a goal I will never know, and Parma should be in front. The Lazio penalty area is crowded with bodies, as Gobbi tricks his way to the byline on the left of the box before cutting a pass back across goal. The ball ends up with an open goal for Sansone, who just has to tap it in. Yet, amazingly, he passes it straight to the goalkeeper, who was already outstretched on the deck. Woeful.
72 minAndre Dias will shortly enter the fray for Lazio.
75 minLAZIO CHANGE: Third and final substitution for Lazio as Diego Novaretti comes off, with Dias sent on.
79 minApologies for the lack of on-field description, but there really is not a lot going on. It's been a disappointing second period.
80 minThis will go to extra time and penalties if needs be. It must be settled tonight.
82 minParolo has been fairly lively in this match, and is played in on the right of the Lazio box. He gets to the byline and slams a low cross inside, which results in a heap of players battling for the ball, but the ball going behind.
84 minLazio are awarded a free kick on the right and dink it into the box. What follows is a flurry of pinball before Parma can hack it clear.
85 minThe game is starting to become a bit more stretched with just a few minutes remaining of normal time. You would think that a goal now would prove to be the winner.
90 minYELLOW CARDS: One each for the two teams, as Lazio's Perea and Cassani of Parma are booked for late tackles.
90 minThere will be two minutes of added time. Can either side find a winner?
90+1 minThat is surely the goal that wins Lazio the match. The cross comes in from the right, and Parma's defending is poor. Perea is left completely unmarked, and takes one touch to flick the ball up before finishing into the back of the net with his second. Well taken by the striker.