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Brocchi provides bite as Lazio sink Zürich

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 21.20CET
S.S. Lazio 1-0 FC Zürich
Cristian Brocchi's strike midway through an improved second-half display proved enough to hand his side their first victory in Group D.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Olimpico

Match statistics

LazioZürich

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting49
2FC Vaslui Vaslui45
3S.S. Lazio Lazio45
4FC Zürich Zürich42
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 21.20CET

Brocchi provides bite as Lazio sink Zürich

S.S. Lazio 1-0 FC Zürich
Cristian Brocchi's strike midway through an improved second-half display proved enough to hand his side their first victory in Group D.

S.S. Lazio's hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Europa League knockout stage received a healthy boost with their first victory in Group D against FC Zürich.

Cristian Brocchi's strike midway through an improved second-half performance made the difference for Edoardo Reja's side, who rarely troubled their Swiss opponents before the interval.

The match had got off to a frenetic start with the visitors threatening as early as the first minute. Admir Mehmedi bustled past Ricardo Rodriguez and cut the ball back from the byline for Yassine Chikhaoui, whose shot was parried by Federico Marchetti. Lazio then twice went close themselves as Giuseppe Sculli headed Luciano Zauri's cross over and Lorik Cana's daisy-cutter forced a save from Johnny Leoni.

But if both sides were in need of a first win in the section, they failed to show it in a tepid opening period. Though Miroslav Klose had a snap shot blocked on the half-hour mark, and Senad Lulić's powerful drive was repelled by Leoni two minutes later, it was Zürich who looked most confident in possession, with Chikhaoui and Silvan Aegerter establishing a foothold in midfield.

However, Urs Fischer's men struggled to find the cutting edge that a totally transformed Lazio side manifested after the break. Half-time substitute Djibril Cissé set the tone with an early shot across goal, Tommaso Rocchi then volleyed over at the near post following another fine run and cross by the lively Zauri, and Cristian Ledesma's 58th-minute effort also fizzed wide.

The goal that had been threatening to come duly arrived on 62 minutes, when Brocchi, another substitute, struck in style. The former AC Milan midfielder picked up a neat back-heel by Cissé before letting fly with a shot from 25 metres that looped over Leoni.

Lazio continued to pouring forward at will and Cissé might have twice doubled the lead with thumping efforts that soared over. As it happened, his team had already done enough to look forward to a potentially decisive trip to FC Vaslui on 1 December.

Last updated: 26/09/14 2.45CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

zürich

Zürich

83
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
3
André DiasAndré Dias
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
7
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Yellow Card39
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
9
RocchiTommaso Rocchi (C)
6
ZouaghiChaker Zouaghi
19
LulićSenad Lulić
Substitution46
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
21
DiakitèModibo Diakitè
Yellow Card41
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution77
25
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution46
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
Yellow Card45+1
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
17
ChikhaouiYassine Chikhaoui
Substitution62
27
CanaLorik Cana
Yellow Card85
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution66
78
ZauriLuciano Zauri
Substitution78
28
BédaMathieu Béda

Substitutes

1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
8
HernanesHernanes
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
18
KozákLibor Kozák
9
ChermitiAmine Chermiti
Substitution66
Yellow Card75
29
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
Substitution78
15
BuffOliver Buff
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
Substitution46
Goal62
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
40
CrescenziLuca Crescenzi
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
Substitution62
99
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution46
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
Substitution77

Coach

Edoardo Reja (ITA) Urs Fischer (SUI)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Anastassios Kakos (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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