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Zauri hits back for Lazio

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.25CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-1 S.S. Lazio Luciano Zauri's late strike denied the Greek champions an opening-day victory as Lazio finished strongly.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Match statistics

OlympiacosLazio

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target7
 
1
Corners11
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed20
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.25CET

Zauri hits back for Lazio

Olympiacos CFP 1-1 S.S. Lazio Luciano Zauri's late strike denied the Greek champions an opening-day victory as Lazio finished strongly.

Olympiacos CFP and S.S. Lazio shared the spoils in Athens after their closely contested Group C opener at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.

Lucianos score
It was a tale of the two Lucianos: Argentine midfielder Luciano Galletti put Olympiacos ahead ten minutes into the second half before Luciano Zauri levelled matters with an equally slick finish with 13 minutes remaining. There was an eerily silent atmosphere in the empty stadium as Olympiacos served a one-match behind-closed-doors sanction as punishment for crowd disturbances last season. But a vociferous gathering of Olympiacos fans in the parking area behind the main stand did their utmost to rally behind their team.

Ballotta record
And it was the hosts who almost went ahead after five minutes when skipper Predrag Djordjević side-footed over from close range after a great run and cross by Vasilios Torossidis. There was danger at the other when Lazio won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area but Cristián Ledesma's curling effort was tipped away by Antonis Nikopolidis. Lomana LuaLua's trickery and athleticism was causing problems for Lazio and on 14 minutes a neat dribble took him past two defenders on the edge of the area, but his deflected shot fell kindly for Lazio keeper Marco Ballotta, who became the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League group stage at the age of 43 years and 168 days.

Galletti chance
Neither goalkeeper was extended in a tentative opening 45 minutes. The visitors' best chance came just after the half-hour and only a last-ditch tackle by Michał Żewłakow blocked Stefano Mauri's goalbound shot as the Olympiacos back-line were caught napping. The hosts finished the half strongly, however, as Galletti broke clear down the right channel and drew an excellent save from Ballotta at his near post.

Galletti strikes
A strong start to the second half from Olympiacos saw defender Paraskevas Antzas's point-blank header saved by Ballotta six minutes in, before the hosts broke the deadlock in the 55th minute. A slick passing move involving Djordjević and LuaLua sprung the Lazio offside trap and sent Galletti galloping through on goal. The Argentine forward neatly rounded Ballotta before slotting in a right-footed shot. With Lazio on the backfoot, Galletti won two corners in the space on a minute just after the hour mark, before Djordjević fired a long-range effort just over. Aside from a couple of dangerous crosses, Lazio struggled to create openings at the other end.

Zauri leveller
Delio Rossi sent on Simone Del Nero with 20 minutes remaining in an attempt to give his side more attacking impetus and the striker unsettled Olympiacos with his direct running. But it was a lapse in concentration that cost the hosts dear on 77 minutes. There looked little danger when Pandev prodded a ball down the left, but Christos Patsatzoglou failed to reach it and the ball fell to Zauri, who beat Nikopolidis with a low shot. Pandev was denied brilliantly by Nikopolidis with four minutes left as Lazio ended the match strongly.

Last updated: 18/09/07 23.07CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

lazio

Lazio

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
32
BallottaMarco Ballotta (GK)
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card6
Substitution80
2
StendardoGuglielmo Stendardo
Yellow Card32
3
DomiDidier Domi
8
ZauriLuciano Zauri (C)
Goal77
Yellow Card90
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
11
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution61
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Goal55
18
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
19
PandevGoran Pandev
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
26
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
32
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
29
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Substitution81
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
68
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
Substitution70

Substitutes

87
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
1
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
5
Júlio CésarJúlio César
3
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution80
5
MutarelliMassimo Mutarelli
Substitution61
Yellow Card73
10
NúñezLeonel Núñez
6
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution81
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
17
TareIgli Tare
16
NéMarko Né
20
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
23
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
81
Del NeroSimone Del Nero
Substitution70

Coach

Panagiotis Lemonis (GRE) Delio Rossi (ITA)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Hans Ten Hoove (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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