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Lazio step up a gear

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.18CET
S.S Lazio 4-0 Xanthi FC Italian side hit top form to subdue spirited Xanthi.

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.18CET

Lazio step up a gear

S.S Lazio 4-0 Xanthi FC Italian side hit top form to subdue spirited Xanthi.

S.S Lazio 4-0 Xanthi FC
S.S. Lazio stepped up a gear after the interval to subdue the spirited challenge of Greek outfit Xanthi FC in tonight’s UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie in Rome.

Stubborn rearguard
The crack Italian side, still smarting from a poor start to their domestic season, struggled to break open a stubborn visitors' rearguard for much of the first half, but finally broke the deadlock when Christian Manfredini gave them the lead just before the interval.

No looking back
In the second half, there was no looking back for the Rome-based team. Claudio López made it 2-0 after 52 minutes, Simone Inzaghi scored a third after 68 minutes, and César Rodrigues made it four a minute later. Lazio also hit the crossbar twice and had two goals disallowed.

Tense team
"Before the kick-off, the team was a bit tense after the weekend defeat against Chievo," said Lazio's coach Roberto Mancini. "We struggled in the first half, and Xanthi were dangerous on the break. Our first goal helped a lot, and made the second half easier for us. All in all, I'm happy with the result, but there’s still room for improvement."

Thanks for qualification
"It's our first game in Europe," said Xanthi coach Nikolaos Karageorgiou, "and we're immediately playing against a big team in a big stadium. We lost concentration in the second half, but the players gave all they had, and I'd like to thank them for getting us into Europe, as well as our fans for their great support."

Last updated: 20/09/02 11.09CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

xanthi

Xanthi

70
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi
16
BucekJuraj Bucek
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
30
SfakianakisStylianos Sfakianakis
3
CésarCésar
Goal69
4
ZapropoulosNikolaos Zapropoulos
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
19
KordonoyrisPanagiotis Kordonoyris
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
Goal52
Substitution70
5
PapadimitriouIoannis Papadimitriou (C)
9
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution61
25
VallasSpyros Vallas
4
D. BaggioDino Baggio
13
LabriakosStavros Labriakos
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
14
LeitnerJürgen Leitner
Substitution61
34
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
Goal45
10
OuakiliAbderrahim Ouakili
24
CoutoFernando Couto (C)
Substitution75
26
ZografakisDimitrios Zografakis
Substitution63
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
Goal68
77
BaIsmaila Ba
Substitution72

Substitutes

1
MarchegianiLuca Marchegiani
33
TsakonakisIoannis Tsakonakis
31
StamJaap Stam
6
KehagiasNikolaos Kehagias
23
NegroPaolo Negro
Substitution75
3
GeladarisDimitris Geladaris
Substitution72
26
CastromanLucas Castroman
Substitution61
7
André BocãoAndré Bocão
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
18
PetrouSokratis Petrou
Substitution63
14
SimeoneDiego Simeone
9
FriesenbichlerGünter Friesenbichler
25
ChiesaEnrico Chiesa
Substitution70
11
PrittasSakis Prittas
Substitution61

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Nikolaos Karageorgiou (GRE)

Referee

Zeljko Siric (CRO)

Assistant referees

Darko Slivar (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)

Fourth official

Alojzije Supraha (CRO)

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