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Lazio turn the tables on Dinamo

Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 0.58CET
FC Dinamo Bucureşti 1-3 S.S. Lazio (agg: 2-4)
Lazio were on the brink of a UEFA Champions League exit before their second-half comeback spared them.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
from Lia Manoliu Stadium

Match statistics

Dinamo BucureştiLazio

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 0.58CET

Lazio turn the tables on Dinamo

FC Dinamo Bucureşti 1-3 S.S. Lazio (agg: 2-4)
Lazio were on the brink of a UEFA Champions League exit before their second-half comeback spared them.

S.S. Lazio teetered on the brink of a UEFA Champions League exit before a second-half comeback took them past FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti and into the group stage.

Second-half revival
Following a 1-1 draw in Rome, this tie was finely balanced and it seemed that the Romanian champions were heading into the UEFA Champions League proper for the first time when Florin Bratu gave them a lead they held at the break. But Lazio were a transformed team after the interval: Tommaso Rocchi's penalty quickly levelled matters and he struck again to seal victory after Goran Pandev had put the visitors ahead.

Dinamo dominate
Dinamo coach Mircea Rednic's decision to deploy Andrei Margaritescu and Adrian Ropotan as sweepers in front of the defence proved effective early on as Lazio danger men Simone Del Nero, Rocchi and Pandev found their efforts frustrated. The hosts were attacking at will, especially down the left through Adrian Cristea and Cristian Pulhac, and the latter crossed for Daniel Oprita to go close with an eleventh-minute header.

Bratu scores
Ionel Danciulescu, making his 50th UEFA club competition appearance, forced Marco Ballotta to save with a smart shot, and not long before the half-hour Dinamo broke through as Bratu ran in from the right, cut into the box and fired in the opening goal. Lazio had done little of note in the first half, but within seconds of the restart their luck turned.

Game turns
Dinamo defender Valentin Vasile Nastase, who had returned home this summer after five years in Italy, lost the ball on the edge of his area and in trying to win it back brought down Del Nero at the expense of a penalty, converted by Rocchi. Now Dinamo were struggling, and seven minutes later Lazio pounced on a Margaritescu pass in midfield and their swift counterattack was finished off by Pandev.

Win sealed
Home goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont denied Gaby Mudingayi while Pandev drove wide, yet Rocchi soon put the result beyond doubt as Lazio broke again and, all alone in the box, he made no mistake. Lobont then saved from Del Nero, but Lazio's place in Thursday's draw was assured. Dinamo, meanwhile, are a two-legged tie away from their third consecutive UEFA Cup group stage campaign.

Last updated: 29/08/07 15.45CET

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Lineups

dinamo bucureşti

Dinamo Bucureşti

lazio

Lazio

16
BlayGeorge Blay
32
BallottaMarco Ballotta (GK)
20
CristeaAdrian Cristea
29
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
10
DănciulescuIonel Dănciulescu
Substitution71
81
Del NeroSimone Del Nero
Substitution85
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ (GK) (C)
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
6
MărgăritescuAndrei Mărgăritescu
Substitution58
68
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
3
PulhacCristian Pulhac
Yellow Card75
26
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
Yellow Card20
15
BratuFlorin Bratu
Goal27
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Goal53
Substitution89
21
OpritaDaniel Oprita
Substitution58
18
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
Goal47
Goal66
33
NastaseVasile Nastase
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
2
StendardoGuglielmo Stendardo
Substitution34
25
RopotanAdrian Ropotan
8
ZauriLuciano Zauri (C)

Substitutes

7
MunteanuCătălin Munteanu
Substitution71
7
BelleriManuel Belleri
Substitution85
9
NiculescuClaudiu Niculescu
Substitution58
14
BerniTommaso Berni (GK)
23
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
4
FirmaniFabio Firmani
28
IzvoreanuSilviu Izvoreanu
3
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
29
GaneaLiviu Ganea
20
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
27
NituAndrei Nitu
6
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution34
22
ChiacuHristu Chiacu
Substitution58
17
TareIgli Tare
Substitution89

Coach

Mircea Rednic (ROU) Delio Rossi (ITA)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

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