Lazio and Dortmund win, Zenit suffers another defeat

Following Lazio's victory against Dortmund, they now won again against Bologna. Borussia Dortmund kept the three points home thanks to a smooth 3-0 win against Schalke 04. Zenit Saint Petersburg suffered another 1-2 defeat.

Lazio Roma - Bologna: 2-1

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Lazio Roma won 2-1 against Bologna and kept the three points home in the Serie A for the first time this season. The visitors started the game lively and broke the deadlock after fifteen minutes of play, but saw their goal disallowed after a VAR review. It was the sign for Lazio to step up their game. Alberto and Marušić created chances for the hosts, but both teams went into the dressing rooms without finding the back of the net.

Lazio came out best of the dressing room looking for the opening goal. Theire attacking spirit was rewarded on 54 minutes when Luis Alberto fired it high into the net from halfway inside the box. The visitors tried to level the game, but Ciro Immobile doubled the lead with a powerful header.

Bologna pulled one back in stoppage time through De Silvestri, but Lazio held on to the three points. A good general rehearsal for I Biancocelest ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match at Jan Breydel. (VM)

Lazio Roma
Lazio Roma

Lazio: Reina, Acerbi, Hoedt, Patric, Fares, Luis Alberto (79’ Pereira), Leiva (42’ Escalante, 79’ Parolo), Akpro, Marušić, Correa (64’ Muriqi), Immobile.

Goals: 54’ Luis Alberto (1-0), 76’ Immobile (2-0), 90+1’ De Silvestri (2-1).

Borussia Dortmund - Schalke: 3-0

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Many were curious to see how Dortmund would react after their somewhat surprising 3-1 defeat against Lazio Roma. Thomas Meunier was the only Belgian in Dortmund's starting line-up against Benito Raman's tormented Schalke 04. 

The hosts were best out of the starting blocks in the Revierderby, but lacked some composure in the attacking third. Top scorer Haaland was close a few times, but nevertheless the first half ended as it had started: 0-0.

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund upped their tempo at the start of the second half and kept piling the pressure on Schalke's defence. With success - just before the hour mark defender Akanji opened the scoring for die Schwarzgelben. Schalke tried to react, but six minutes after the opening goal Haaland curled the ball over the goalkeeper to double the lead.

Dortmund were now firmly in the driving seat and Hummels took away all doubt when he headed in the final score fifteen minutes before the end. Thanks to this win Dortmund is joined second with Bayern Munich, trailing league leaders RB Leipzig by just the one point. (FDC)

 

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Hummels, Guerreiro, Akanji, Delaney, Meunier (80’ Morey), Brandt (77’ Reus), Dahoud (71’ Witsel), Sancho (77’ Hazard), Reyna (71’ Passlack), Haaland.

Goals: 55’ Akanji (1-0), 61’ Haaland (2-0), 78’ Hummels (3-0).  

Zenit Sint-Petersburg - Rubin Kazan: 1-2

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Zenit Saint Petersburg failed to recover from the defeat against Club Brugge. Compared to Tuesday's game coach Semak gave the nod to Brazilians Douglas Santos and Wendel. The hosts were the better side at the start of the match and took the lead after half an hour of play when midfielder Erokhin found the back of the net. But Rubin Kazan clawed themselves back into the game and equalised through Despotovic before the half-time signal.

After the break Zenit tried to take the lead again, but it was Sevtic who scored a second for the visitors. Semak immediately brought on three new players to avoid another defeat and ten minutes later also Mostovoy, but to no avail.

Due to this defeat Spartak Moscow now leads the Premjer-Liga, with three points more than Zenit. (SF)

Zenit Sint-Petersburg
Zenit Sint-Petersburg

Zenit: Kerzhakov, Karavaev, Lovren, Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos, Ozdoev (70’ Kuzyaev), Barrios (71’ Krugovoy), Erokhin, Wendel (81’ Mostovoy), Driussi (71’ Sutormin), Dzyuba.

Goals: 26’ Erokhin (1-0), 43’ Despotovic (1-1), 69’ Jevtic (1-2).

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