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Sturm goal not enough

Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.50CET
S.S. Lazio 0-1 SK Sturm Graz (Agg: 3-2) Late winner for Sturm fails to stop Lazio progressing.

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.50CET

Sturm goal not enough

S.S. Lazio 0-1 SK Sturm Graz (Agg: 3-2) Late winner for Sturm fails to stop Lazio progressing.

Despite losing the second leg 1-0 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome tonight, S.S. Lazio moved through to the fourth round of the UEFA Cup with a 3-2 aggregate win over SK Sturm Graz.

Late winner
In a game of few chances, the only goal arrived three minutes from time, and was no more than Sturm deserved for a battling performance. Günther Neukirchner played the ball forward to substitute Herbert Rauter, who in turn found Imre Szabics inside the Lazio area, and his shot was placed beyond the diving Emanuele Concetti and into the far corner of the net.

Difficult conditions
Lazio held a 3-1 lead from the first leg, and rarely looked like losing that advantage. However, Sturm refused to give up hope and began the match brightly in treacherous conditions. Heavy rain made the pitch heavy and slippery underfoot, and both sets of players initially found it hard to keep their feet. Passing was difficult in the opening stages, with the ball holding up and the two teams took some time to come to terms with the playing surface.

Chiesa goes close
The first half was a tight affair, with much of the game played in midfield and chances few and far between. However, Enrico Chiesa had the first sight of goal after 15 minutes as he cut in from the left and beat György Korsós, only to drag his shot into the side-netting from the edge of the penalty area. Neither goalkeeper really had a serious save to make and the two sides were reduced to long-range shots. Didier Angan tried a shot from a similar position to Chiesa, but Emanuele Concetti made a comfortable save.

Brighter start
The second period began in brighter fashion, and the away side came close when Concetti was forced to palm away a Korsos header. Szabics came even closer in the 70th minute, but his flicked header drifted agonisingly wide. Simone Inzaghi missed a golden chance to put Lazio in front five minutes from time, as César Rodrigues and Christian Manfredini linked up down the left, but the Lazio striker could only flick the ball wide from in front of goal.

'We did not play well'
Lazio coach Roberto Mancini was disappointed with the result, saying: "We did not play well tonight. The whole game was conditioned by the first leg, but we should have done better. Our attackers were too isolated and so we created few chances." However, Mancini refused to be too critical of his players, as he went on to say: "I think the heavy pitch and the weather affected the game. Although I am disappointed with the result, I would rather lose tonight than on other, more important occasions."

Last updated: 13/12/02 1.51CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

sturm

Sturm

99
ConcettiEmanuele Concetti
1
WeberHeinz Weber
2
ColonneseFrancesco Colonnese
7
StrafnerGerald Strafner
17
GottardiGuerino Gottardi (C)
3
NeukirchnerGünther Neukirchner (C)
4
D. BaggioDino Baggio
Substitution71
11
KorsósGyörgy Korsós
15
PancaroGiuseppe Pancaro
Substitution55
21
BosnarEddy Bosnar
26
CastromanLucas Castroman
15
WetlArnold Wetl
Substitution75
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
18
MasudiAlain Masudi
Substitution61
24
CoutoFernando Couto
13
AnganDidier Angan
34
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
24
SäumelJürgen Säumel
25
ChiesaEnrico Chiesa
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
Goal87
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
33
AmoahCharles Amoah
Substitution75

Substitutes

70
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi
22
HoffmannDaniel Hoffmann
3
CésarCésar
Substitution55
5
PetrovicAnto Petrovic
23
NegroPaolo Negro
8
HeldtHorst Heldt
Substitution61
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
Substitution71
12
KienzlMario Kienzl
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
20
MujiriDavid Mujiri
Substitution75
9
FioreStefano Fiore
27
KrammerThomas Krammer
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
32
RauterHerbert Rauter
Substitution75

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Franco Foda (GER)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Rombout Hennissen (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

Legend:

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