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Lazio gain upper hand

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.25CET
S.S. Lazio 3-1 SL Benfica Lazio move closer to the group stage after an impressive win in Rome.

Match statistics

LazioBenfica

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.25CET

Lazio gain upper hand

S.S. Lazio 3-1 SL Benfica Lazio move closer to the group stage after an impressive win in Rome.

Goals from Bernardo Corradi, Stefano Fiore and Sinisa Mihajlovic took S.S. Lazio a step closer to a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage after a 3-1 victory over SL Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico.

Corradi opens scoring
Striker Corradi opened the scoring in the 15th minute, lifting the ball past goalkeeper José Moreira after taking full advantage of some confusion in the Benfica defence.

Peruzzi kept busy
That goal followed an anxious start by the Roman side, however, on a hot night. Lazio goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi had to stop long-range efforts from Petit and Simão Sabrosa early on and he was called into action again before the break when he kept out a Tomo Sokota shot at his near post.

Benfica handed lifeline
Fiore scored the second on 52 minutes, volleying in after a scramble in the Benfica box. However, the Portuguese, playing their 150th match in European football's leading club competition, were thrown a lifeline when Dutch international Jaap Stam's poor clearance allowed Portuguese international Simão to beat Peruzzi with a shot which deflected in off Massimo Oddo.

Mihajlovic special
Winger Sérgio Conceição, back at Lazio after a two-year spell with Internazionale FC, almost made an instant impact after being introduced by coach Roberto Mancini in the second half when his looping shot was tipped over the bar by Moreira. However, Mihajlovic's superb 30-metre free-kick ten minutes from time restored the hosts' two-goal advantage.

Camacho rues mistakes
Benfica coach José Antonio Camacho said afterwards: "Lazio were supposed to do more tonight to win this game. Benfica helped them by committing some mistakes, mainly due to our lack of experience. We have complicated our lives in view of the second-leg match. Now, everything will be much harder. However, we did manage to cause them some problems."

Advantage Lazio
His counterpart, Mancini, said: "Benfica are ahead of us in their pre-season preparations. We could not do more than that. We reacted well after their goal, and I'm happy for the team. We have not yet reached the Champions League, but we have the aces in our hands."

Last updated: 14/08/03 12.49CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

benfica

Benfica

1
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
4
AlbertiniDemetrio Albertini
Substitution74
3
ArgelArgel
5
ZauriLuciano Zauri
5
CristianoCristiano
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
Substitution87
6
PetitPetit
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Goal16
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič (C)
Substitution55
10
StankovićDejan Stanković
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution85
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Goal80
16
Fernando AguiarFernando Aguiar
Yellow Card6
Substitution55
14
FioreStefano Fiore
Goal54
20
SimãoSimão
Goal65
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli (C)
Substitution74
23
MiguelMiguel
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
25
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
31
StamJaap Stam
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
Yellow Card23

Substitutes

33
SereniMatteo Sereni (GK)
24
BossioBossio (GK)
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
Substitution87
2
Armando SáArmando Sá
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
Substitution74
7
Anders AnderssonAnders Andersson
Substitution55
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
8
RogerRoger
Substitution55
24
CoutoFernando Couto
19
AlexAlex
32
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
29
FehérMiklós Fehér
Substitution85
53
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution74
32
HélderHélder

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) José Antonio Camacho (ESP)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Harald Sather (GER), Christian Soltow (GER)

Fourth official

Torsten Koop (GER)

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