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Rocchi double floors Bremen

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.21CET
S.S. Lazio 2-1 Werder Bremen
Two Tommaso Rocchi goals proved enough for Lazio despite late drama at the Stadio Olimpico.
by Richard Allen
from Stadio Olimpico

Match statistics

LazioBremen

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners4
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
14
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.21CET

Rocchi double floors Bremen

S.S. Lazio 2-1 Werder Bremen
Two Tommaso Rocchi goals proved enough for Lazio despite late drama at the Stadio Olimpico.

S.S. Lazio leapfrogged Werder Bremen in Group C and gave themselves a fighting chance of making the knockout stages after two second-half Tommaso Rocchi goals proved good enough for three points in Rome.

Cool finish
The Italian slid in to score after his own penalty had been saved three minutes before the hour before applying a cool finish after 68 minutes for what proved to be the decisive goal. Emílson Sánchez Cribari was sent off for Lazio in the 86th minute, and Diego converted a penalty for the visitors two minutes later before seeing red himself as Bremen dropped to the bottom of the section. Lazio, meanwhile, join Olympiacos CFP on five points following the Greek club's goalless draw with leaders Real Madrid CF.

Static defenders
With both sides knowing defeat would seriously complicate progression from the group stage, the match began in attacking fashion. Lazio, who had lost their previous four matches at the Stadio Olimpico, immediately found Bremen's high back line to their liking. On six minutes, Mourad Meghni sent Rocchi running past static defenders but the Lazio forward shot wildly wide instead of squaring to the unmarked Stephen Makinwa.

Frantic
Two minutes later the in-form German side signalled their own threat as Clemens Fritz hared down the wing. The returning right-back's deep cross was just too high though and Hugo Almeida headed over. It was a frantic opening and back at the other end, centre-back Guglielmo Stendardo, up for a corner, met a swirling Cristián Ledesma centre but his close-range header landed at goalkeeper Tim Wiese's feet.

High and wide
The home side poured forward and the Bremen defence was again stretched on 13 minutes. Rocchi fed the overlapping Luciano Zauri but the left-back's right-foot shot from the edge of the box was brilliantly turned around the post by Wiese. Makinwa, in for the injured Goran Pandev, should have given the home side the lead midway through the first half. Superbly found by Ledesma, the Nigerian expertly broke the offside trap but after delaying his first shooting opportunity rushed his effort and Wiese parried.

Sweetly struck
Skippers Zauri and Frank Baumann were both casualties of the early first-half pace but it was Bremen who almost broke the deadlock on 50 minutes when Diego flashed wide after a flowing move. A minute after almost winning a penalty themselves, Bremen conceded one when Meghni was bundled over by Naldo. Rocchi's first effort was saved but he bravely followed up and managed to score with the ball trickling in off the post and ending up behind the sliding Italian and Wiese.

Flying veteran
Naldo, rapidly becoming a pivotal figure in the match, almost made amends on 66 minutes but the Brazilian's venomous 20-metre free-kick was brilliantly stopped by the flying 43-year-old Marco Ballotta. Two minutes later and the centre-back was caught napping by Meghni's speculative pass. Rocchi latched on to the ball and expertly clipped it over the advancing Wiese for his and Lazio's second. There was late drama as Cribari and Diego were sent off either side of the Bremen spot-kick, although Lazio's work was done.

Last updated: 07/11/07 10.01CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

bremen

Bremen

32
BallottaMarco Ballotta (GK)
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
2
StendardoGuglielmo Stendardo
Yellow Card45
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
5
MutarelliMassimo Mutarelli
4
NaldoNaldo
8
ZauriLuciano Zauri (C)
Substitution18
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
Substitution31
18
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
Penalty56
Goal57
Goal68
Yellow Card69
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution76
20
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
Substitution87
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
23
MeghniMourad Meghni
Substitution74
10
DiegoDiego
Yellow Card88
Goal88
Red Card90+5
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
Yellow Card90
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
Yellow Card54
Red Card86
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
26
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
85
BehramiValon Behrami
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker

Substitutes

1
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
4
FirmaniFabio Firmani
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
6
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution87
13
TošićDuško Tošić
10
BaronioRoberto Baronio
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
17
TareIgli Tare
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution31
29
De SilvestriLorenzo De Silvestri
Substitution18
Yellow Card52
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
68
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
Substitution74
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution76

Coach

Delio Rossi (ITA) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Tomislav Setka (CRO)

Fourth official

Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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