Peter Galindo Date: 25th August 2013 at 10:44pm
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Candreva - LazioLazio defeated Udinese 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in their 2013/14 Serie A opener on Sunday evening.

Hernanes struck first before Antonio Candreva doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Luis Muriel got one back for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough as the Biancocelesti took all three points.

Lazio created the first quality chance of the match through Candreva, whose shot smacked off the right post from the left side of the box. Alvaro Gonzalez then missed wide with his subsequent effort.

On the third opportunity, the hosts capitalized through Hernanes. The Brazilian received a pass from Miroslav Klose, his attempt from distance found the top left corner of the goal to give the Biancocelesti the early lead on 13 minutes.

Moments later, Klose was able to win a penalty after being hauled down by goalkeeper Ivan Kelava. Candreva buried the spot kick to double the advantage.

Dusan Basta was finally able to muster the first Udinese chance of the match, but it missed just wide of the target.

Hernanes had a good opportunity to earn a brace, but was stopped in the bottom right corner by Kelava. Klose’s was even better following some quick, slick passing around the penalty area, but blitzed his shot high and wide to the right.

To shake things up, Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin took off Antonio Di Natale, who failed to record a shot, for Muriel at the start of the second half.

That switch paid off as Muriel got on the end of an Andrea Lazzarri pass off a fast break and chipped it over an onrushing Federico Marchetti to cut the deficit in half.

Hernanes attempted to grab the insurance marker for his side, but was stopped by Kelava in the centre of the net.

In the end, it didn’t matter as Lazio held on for the 2-1 win.