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Rocchi the saviour for Lazio

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 23.45CET
S.S. Lazio 1-1 Villarreal CF Tommaso Rocchi's late goal enables Lazio to grab share of the spoils.

Match statistics

LazioVillarreal

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
1

Standings

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 23.45CET

Rocchi the saviour for Lazio

S.S. Lazio 1-1 Villarreal CF Tommaso Rocchi's late goal enables Lazio to grab share of the spoils.

José Mari Romero scored for Villarreal CF but was later sent off as Tommaso Rocchi's late equaliser ensured S.S. Lazio a home point in their opening UEFA Cup Group E fixture.

Lead cancelled
Striker José Mari had been a doubt before the match following a stomach upset but managed to make an instant impact with an early goal at the Olimpico stadium tonight. However, his second-half dismissal allowed Lazio to fight back for a draw through their half-time substitute.

All change
Lazio, defeated by AC Chievo Verona in Serie A last Sunday, made seven changes to their lineup. Meanwhile, UEFA Intertoto Cup winners Villarreal, who are also not enjoying the best of times on the domestic front themselves, showed four alterations from the side which drew at RCD Mallorca last weekend.

Early goal
It took last season's semi-finalists no time at all to settle into their stride as they gained the initiative with just four minutes on the clock. José Mari cut in from the right unchallenged and stroked the ball past Matteo Sereni in the Lazio goal.

Inzaghi miss
The goal seemed to shock Lazio into life and just five minutes after conceding they could have been level. Christian Manfredini made a run from the right before sending in a stinging low drive which was palmed into the path of oncoming striker Simone Inzaghi by goalkeeper José Manuel Reina. However, with the goal at his mercy the forward missed the target, clipping the post from no more than three metres out.

Lazio domination
The Biancocelesti continued to press and dominated large spells of the first half. However, the closest they could come to scoring after Inzaghi's miss was a Goran Pandev volley which Reina did well to push around the post five minutes before the break.

Oddo volley
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Lazio on top but failing to penetrate the Villarreal defence. Despite continued pressure the only save they forced out of Reina in the opening 30 minutes was from a blistering Massimo Oddo half-volley which was aimed straight at the goalkeeper.

Mari madness
The Rome side's chances improved when on 75 minutes Villarreal were reduced to ten men. First-half goalscorer José Mari turned from hero to villain, earning a red card from German referee Michael Weiner for an elbow in the face of Giuliano Giannichedda.

Rocchi breakthrough
Then, when it seemed as though time was going to run out Lazio finally got the breakthrough. With six minutes left Luciano Zauri played a delightful flick through to Rocchi who beat Reina to the ball to toe-poke it into the net. The goal was no more than Lazio deserved for their possession but came too late for last season's Coppa Italia winners to force a winner.

Middlesbrough trip
Next the Italian side face a trip to early group leaders Middlesbrough FC in two weeks time. Villarreal have Matchday 2 off, but on 25 November welcome Middlesbrough to El Madrigal.

Last updated: 22/10/04 11.51CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

villarreal

Villarreal

33
SereniMatteo Sereni (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
5
SivigliaSebastiano Siviglia
2
Gonzalo RodríguezGonzalo Rodríguez
6
DaboOusmane Dabo
Substitution57
4
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution77
8
ZauriLuciano Zauri
8
RiquelmeJuan Riquelme
17
ManfrediniChristian Manfredini
Substitution46
10
Roger GarcíaRoger García
Substitution73
19
PandevGoran Pandev
16
Q. ÁlvarezQuique Álvarez (C)
20
LiveraniFabio Liverani
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta
21
S. InzaghiSimone Inzaghi
21
BattagliaSebastián Battaglia
22
OddoMassimo Oddo
23
José MariJosé Mari
Goal4
Red Card75
23
NegroPaolo Negro (C)
Yellow Card67
26
ArzoCésar Arzo
Substitution87
25
ŠerićAnthony Šerić
Yellow Card30
Substitution66
33
AlcántaraCarlos Alcántara

Substitutes

15
CasazzaFabrizio Casazza (GK)
1
VallejoJavier Vallejo (GK)
9
Di CanioPaolo Di Canio
Substitution66
Yellow Card85
6
JosicoJosico
Substitution77
16
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
Substitution57
14
Héctor FontHéctor Font
Substitution73
18
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
Substitution46
Goal85
24
Armando SáArmando Sá
Substitution87
4
Óscar LópezÓscar López
22
PeñaJuan Manuel Peña
11
MuzziRoberto Muzzi
27
CasesJosé María Cases
24
CoutoFernando Couto

Coach

Domenico Caso (ITA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Michael Weiner (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Scheibel (GER), Olaf Blumenstein (GER)

Fourth official

Stefan Trautmann (GER)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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