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Early strikes ease Lazio through

Published: Thursday 20 March 2003, 23.00CET
Besiktas JK 1-2 S.S. Lazio (Agg: 1-3) Lazio take immediate command in Istanbul to seal their progress.

Match statistics

BeşiktaşLazio

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 20 March 2003, 23.00CET

Early strikes ease Lazio through

Besiktas JK 1-2 S.S. Lazio (Agg: 1-3) Lazio take immediate command in Istanbul to seal their progress.

Early goals from Stefano Fiore and Lucas Castromán killed off Besiktas JK's UEFA Cup hopes at the Inönü stadium as S.S. Lazio comfortably advanced to the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Defensive errors
Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Rome last week, the Italian side effectively ended Besiktas's challenge within the first ten minutes as defensive errors allowed first Fiore then Castromán to score.

Fiore breaks deadlock
Claudio López set up the first. Breaking from inside his own half, he burst into the Besiktas box before squaring for the unmarked Fiore to sidefoot in. Oscar Córdoba in the Besiktas goal was left with no chance and the story was much the same five minutes later when Castromán, totally unmarked, rose to head in Fiore's deep cross from the right.

Córdoba saves
And it could have been worse. Just a minute later, Fiore was put in behind the Besiktas defence, but this time Córdoba was quickly off his line to clear. Six minutes after that, Angelo Peruzzi's long punt upfield again caught the Besiktas defence square and this time López rounded Córdoba only to fire wastefully wide.

Zago missed
Without the suspended Zago, Besiktas looked vulnerable throughout and were hardly recognisable from the side that tops the Turkish Super League courtesy of the tightest defence. The Lazio coach Roberto Mancini had been vindicated in his decision to start López alone up front and after the early goals, his side were happy to invite Besiktas forward.

Good chances
Besiktas enjoyed the majority of possession thereafter and Ibrahim Üzülmez, on his return to the side, Ilhan Mansiz and Ahmet Dursun all enjoyed good chances, but with the momentum in Lazio's favour, none were able to capitalise.

Ilhan fires over
On 19 minutes Fernando Couto cleared Daniel Pancu's shot off the line after Angelo Peruzzi had been beaten low to his left, but the best chance of the half fell to Ilhan on 33 minutes. Sinisa Mihajlovic slipped as he turned to clear, but the striker, with a clear sight of goal, snatched at his shot and fired well over.

Pancu impresses
Besiktas pressed again after the restart, and again Ilhan was in the thick of the action. On 76 minutes beautiful work by Pancu on the right opened the Lazio defence and he crossed for the Turkish international who, five metres out, attempted an ambitious scissors kick that failed to find the target.

Sergen on target
Besiktas pushed forward relentlessly and their persistence finally paid with seven minutes to go when Sergen Yalçin shook off the challenge of Mihajlovic before shooting low past Peruzzi. By then, however, the tie had long been decided.

Mistakes punished
Roberto Mancini, the Lazio coach, was delighted with the manner in which his side had made the most of their early chances. "We scored two quick goals and things were easier for us after that," he said. "Besiktas attacked and we wisely benefited from their mistakes."

Unlucky tonight
His Besiktas counterpart, Mircea Lucescu, believed the damage had been done in Rome. "Luck was on their side," he said. "The result of the first match affected this one as we would not have attacked so much if we hadn't needed to score."

Last updated: 21/03/03 1.29CET

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Lineups

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

lazio

Lazio

1
CórdobaÓscar Córdoba (GK)
70
PeruzziAngelo Peruzzi (GK)
3
HavutçuTayfur Havutçu (C)
3
CésarCésar
Substitution60
4
Ahmet YıldırımAhmet Yıldırım
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
7
Claudio LópezClaudio López
6
Yasin SülünYasin Sülün
9
FioreStefano Fiore
Goal5
Substitution76
7
Ahmet DursunAhmet Dursun
Substitution62
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
Yellow Card27
9
PancuDaniel Pancu
19
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli (C)
10
Sergen YalçinSergen Yalçin
Goal82
24
CoutoFernando Couto
16
GüneyNìyazì Güney
Substitution46
26
CastromanLucas Castroman
Goal9
Yellow Card52
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez
31
StamJaap Stam
26
Ilhan MansizIlhan Mansiz
Yellow Card49

Substitutes

33
GencerSelahattin Gencer (GK)
1
MarchegianiLuca Marchegiani (GK)
17
DobraKaan Dobra
Substitution46
14
SimeoneDiego Simeone
Substitution60
21
NoumaPascal Nouma
Substitution62
23
NegroPaolo Negro
Substitution83
2
Tolga DogantezTolga Dogantez
25
ChiesaEnrico Chiesa
Substitution76
13
Tamer TunaTamer Tuna
18
LazetićNikola Lazetić
20
GiuntiFederico Giunti
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
41
SerdarTopraktepe Serdar
22
OddoMassimo Oddo

Coach

Mircea Lucescu (ROU) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

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