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Yovov ends Levski goal drought

Published: Thursday 17 December 2009, 23.50CET
S.S. Lazio 0-1 PFC Levski Sofia
Hristo Yovov ended the visitors' 640-minute goal drought in Europe to earn Antoni Ivanov Zdravkov's side their first Group G points.
Yovov ends Levski goal drought
Hristo Yovov celebrates Levski's long-awaited goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LazioLevski

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target8
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
3
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 December 2009, 23.50CET

Yovov ends Levski goal drought

S.S. Lazio 0-1 PFC Levski Sofia
Hristo Yovov ended the visitors' 640-minute goal drought in Europe to earn Antoni Ivanov Zdravkov's side their first Group G points.

PFC Levski Sofia secured some welcome consolation from a tough UEFA Europa League campaign, beating S.S. Lazio 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico with their first goal of the group stage.

Long wait
Not since Cédric Bardon struck in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off against Debreceni VSC on 19 August had Levski found the net in Europe, a run that had seen them lose all five of their opening Group G fixtures. Lazio had won twice – including 4-0 in the Bulgarian capital on Matchday 2 – but were also out of contention to progress and bow out on a losing note courtesy of Hristo Yovov's 61st-minute goal.

Zé Soares chance
To the surprise of the hardy pocket of visiting supporters, it was Levski who looked most threatening. Yovov's early drive was first to require the attention of home keeper Fernando Muslera during a half in which only Stephen Makinwa's nuisance factor posed any danger to Antoni Ivanov Zdravkov's side. Indeed, they should have been ahead on the half-hour mark, Zé Soares poking wide with the goal gaping.

At last
The Bulgarian titleholders' best chance to break their duck looked to have come and gone when Yordan Miliev somehow headed wide on 50 minutes, but a reprive arrived when Darko Tasevski slipped in Yovov who, with a delightful deftness that belied their recent profligacy, lifted the ball over the fast advancing Muslera and into the net. The closest they came to registering a second goal of the night and a 250th in UEFA club competition owed less to subtlety and more to brute power, Georgi Sarmov crashing a 25-metre shot against the crossbar.

Last updated: 18/12/09 10.15CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

levski

Levski

86
MusleraFernando Muslera (GK)
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
3
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov (C)
Yellow Card86
7
EliseuEliseu
5
RabehYoussef Rabeh
Yellow Card38
18
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
8
SarmovGeorgi Sarmov
25
CribariEmilson Cribari
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Goal60
Substitution88
33
BaronioRoberto Baronio (C)
14
MinevVeselin Minev
42
SevieriFederico Sevieri
Substitution61
21
Zé SoaresZé Soares
46
Cavanda Luis Cavanda
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution76
52
LucianiAlessio Luciani
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
Substitution58
87
DiakitèModibo Diakitè
27
BardonCédric Bardon
99
PerpetuiniRiccardo Perpetuini
55
MilievYordan Miliev

Substitutes

40
IannarilliAntony Iannarilli (GK)
31
T. DimitrovTsvetan Dimitrov (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
2
GenevViktor Genev
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
20
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
Substitution58
13
SivigliaSebastiano Siviglia
43
TabakovBoyan Tabakov
23
MeghniMourad Meghni
47
AngelovGeorgi Angelov
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
70
SimonovićSaša Simonović
Substitution88
56
Cinque Lorenzo Cinque
Substitution61
99
G. HristovGeorgi Hristov
Substitution76

Coach

Davide Ballardini (ITA) Antoni Ivanov Zdravkov (BUL)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Keith Sorbie (SCO), George Drummond (SCO)

Fourth official

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Euan Norris (SCO), Stephen O'Reilly (SCO)

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