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Madrid denied by Pandev double

Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.50CET
S.S. Lazio 2-2 Real Madrid CF
Goran Pandev scored two equalisers as the home side twice battled back from Ruud van Nistelrooy strikes.
by Richard Allen
from Stadio Olimpico
Madrid denied by Pandev double
Goran Pandev shows his joy after scoring against Madrid ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LazioReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners4
 
4
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed18
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.50CET

Madrid denied by Pandev double

S.S. Lazio 2-2 Real Madrid CF
Goran Pandev scored two equalisers as the home side twice battled back from Ruud van Nistelrooy strikes.

Goran Pandev twice cancelled out Ruud van Nistelrooy strikes to ensure S.S. Lazio took a deserved point from their entertaining encounter with Real Madrid CF in UEFA Champions League Group C.

Two each
The F.Y.R. Macedonia forward equalised after Van Nistelrooy's eighth-minute opener with an emphatic goal two minutes past the half-hour, only for the Dutch international to restore the visitors' advantage on 61 minutes with a typically assured finish. Lazio would not be denied, however, and Pandev responded for the second time with 15 minutes left to give his side a second successive draw ahead of games against point-less Werder Bremen. Madrid have four points and are level with their next opponents, Olympiacos CFP, at the head of the standings.

Van Nistelrooy opportunism
The nine-time European champions provided the perfect answer to the barrage of noise which had greeted their arrival. With eight minutes gone, Wesley Sneijder bent in a vicious right-footed free-kick that evaded a string of blue-shirted defenders but not Van Nistelrooy, who duly flicked past Marco Ballotta from close range. Undeterred, Lazio rallied and Cristián Ledesma brought Iker Casillas into action for the first time moments before the half-hour with a long-range free-kick. That effort lifted the crowd and sparked a spell of intense home pressure.

Pandev response
Pandev and Tommaso Rocchi, who had passed a late fitness test, were making their usual darting moves and from one such foray, Rocchi slipped his strike partner clear but the Macedonian hurriedly blazed over. Two minutes later, though, Pandev made amends in style after Casillas had made an instinctive stop to keep out Massimo Mutarelli's header. Lazio swarmed forward and, from their next attack, Stefano Mauri chipped forward, Guglielmo Stendardo headed across goal and this time Pandev made no mistake, volleying high into the top corner.

Relentless action
Suddenly there was no respite as the Spanish team tried to react. Sergio Ramos advanced from his right-back berth but the quality of his finish did not match the rest of the move as he curled well wide from the edge of the area. It was an equally frantic beginning to the second half, Ballotta defying his 43 years to acrobatically parry Van Nistelrooy's overhead kick and then block the striker's volley from Arjen Robben's cross. Previously Mauri had sprung the Madrid offside trap only to shoot weakly at Casillas.

Frantic finish
With the crowd in full voice, Lazio pushed forward and should have gone ahead when Pandev picked out Rocchi with a splendid pass but the latter, cutting in from the left, rifled into the side-netting. The Rome side were made to pay within four minutes, Van Nistelrooy running on to Raúl González's through pass and dinking over Ballotta. Again, Lazio refused to admit defeat and they got their reward on 75 minutes when a loose ball was collected by Pandev, who turned inside on to his left foot and shot low past Casillas's despairing dive. After substitute Stephen Makinwa fired straight at the Madrid keeper in the final minute, both teams had to be content with a point from a pulsating tie.

Last updated: 04/10/07 10.40CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

real madrid

Real Madrid

32
BallottaMarco Ballotta (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
2
StendardoGuglielmo Stendardo
4
RamosSergio Ramos
5
MutarelliMassimo Mutarelli
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
8
ZauriLuciano Zauri (C)
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
11
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution79
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Substitution83
18
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
Substitution66
11
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution79
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Goal32
Goal75
12
MarceloMarcelo
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
14
GutiGuti
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Yellow Card63
26
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal8
Goal61
85
BehramiValon Behrami
Substitution67
23
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution88

Substitutes

1
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
3
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
6
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution67
8
GagoFernando Gago
20
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
Substitution66
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Substitution88
23
MeghniMourad Meghni
18
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution83
68
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
81
Del NeroSimone Del Nero
Substitution79
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution79

Coach

Delio Rossi (ITA) Bernd Schuster (GER)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Alex Verstraeten (BEL)

Fourth official

Peter Vervecken (BEL)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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