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Nikci equaliser earns Zürich draw with Lazio

Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 23.01CET
FC Zürich 1-1 S.S. Lazio
Zürich and Lazio are still seeking their first wins in Group D after the Swiss side's Adrian Nikci struck within 60 seconds of Giuseppe Sculli's opener.
Nikci equaliser earns Zürich draw with Lazio
Adrian Nikci recieves the plaudits after his equaliser against Lazio ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZürichLazio

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners1
 
10
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting39
2FC Vaslui Vaslui32
3FC Zürich Zürich32
4S.S. Lazio Lazio32
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 23.01CET

Nikci equaliser earns Zürich draw with Lazio

FC Zürich 1-1 S.S. Lazio
Zürich and Lazio are still seeking their first wins in Group D after the Swiss side's Adrian Nikci struck within 60 seconds of Giuseppe Sculli's opener.

FC Zürich's Adrian Nikci fired in seconds after Giuseppe Sculli had given S.S. Lazio a first-half lead as the UEFA Europa League Group D strugglers could not be separated in Switzerland.

Sculli turned in a Hernanes corner from close range to open the scoring, but within moments of the breakthrough Nikci drove a powerful effort into the top corner. That was where the scoring ended too, with Ludovic Magnin's free-kick forcing Federico Marchetti to save well and Andrea Guatelli denying Hernanes, Djibril Cissé and substitute Libor Kozák as the game ended level.

With both teams finding European form hard to come by, earning a point apiece from their opening two group fixtures, there was a tentative start to the evening, with Yassine Chikhaoui's scuffed long-range shot for Zürich the only attempt early on. But a frantic minute's worth of action soon made up for the quiet 21 that had preceded it.

Sculli benefitted when a corner evaded Modibo Diakitè and Magnin and fell at his feet five metres out, allowing the 30-year-old to power in his second group stage goal of the season. The home side responded immediately, however, as French forward Alexandre Alphonse laid the ball to the right and Nikci met it with a stinging drive which arrowed into the top left corner.

Magnin's forceful free-kick almost sneaked past the Lazio keeper, but it was the visitors who took control after the break. Hernanes' attempt from the edge of the box was saved by the athletic Guatelli, and the Zürich shot-stopper also kept out Cissé's sharp volley and Kozák's late close-range header.

Alphonse bustled his way through the middle but side-footed wide as neither team could prevent a draw, which leaves them locked together with FC Vaslui on two points.

Last updated: 22/10/11 0.13CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

lazio

Lazio

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
83
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
3
André DiasAndré Dias
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
7
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Goal22
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
8
HernanesHernanes
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Goal23
11
MatuzalémMatuzalém
Yellow Card88
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Substitution81
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Substitution72
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution76
19
LulićSenad Lulić
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
21
DiakitèModibo Diakitè
17
ChikhaouiYassine Chikhaoui
Substitution62
26
RaduŞtefan Radu (C)
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
27
CanaLorik Cana
Yellow Card38
Substitution46
28
BédaMathieu Béda
99
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
Substitution76
9
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
Substitution46
15
BuffOliver Buff
18
KozákLibor Kozák
Substitution79
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution62
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Substitution72
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
29
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
31
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution81
78
ZauriLuciano Zauri

Coach

Urs Fischer (SUI) Giovanni Lopez (ITA)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Dawid Piasecki (POL), Pawel Pskit (POL)

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