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Clinical Lazio through after Sporting triumph

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 20.58CET
S.S. Lazio 2-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Goals either side of half-time from Libor Kozák and Giuseppe Sculli earned a victory that sealed the home side's place alongside Sporting in the last 32.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Olimpico

Match statistics

LazioSporting

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting612
2S.S. Lazio Lazio69
3FC Vaslui Vaslui66
4FC Zürich Zürich65
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 20.58CET

Clinical Lazio through after Sporting triumph

S.S. Lazio 2-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Goals either side of half-time from Libor Kozák and Giuseppe Sculli earned a victory that sealed the home side's place alongside Sporting in the last 32.

Goals from Libor Kozák and Giuseppe Sculli earned S.S. Lazio a victory that, with FC Vaslui losing at FC Zürich in the other Group D game, booked a place alongside opponents Sporting Clube de Portugal in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Edoardo Reja's team began the day level on points with Vaslui, but the Romanian side's superior head-to-head record meant Lazio's fate was not in their own hands. The Rome outfit kept their part of the bargain, forging ahead with Kozák's first goal of the season before half-time and scoring again through Sculli soon after the restart. Celebrations really began after news filtered through of the 2-0 scoreline in Switzerland.

Kozák headed over after a Cristian Ledesma free-kick early on but Lazio had to wait until midway through the first half for their first real opportunity. Sculli dribbled past two Sporting defenders on the left and found Hernanes, whose low shot was well saved by a diving Marcelo.

Sculli was a lively presence on the right. Only the acuteness of the angle denied him after rounding the onrushing Marcelo while Oguchi Onyewu needed to be alert to cut out a pass towards Kozák. The 22-year-old Czech striker finally broke through three minutes before the interval, heading in Senad Lulić's dinked cross.

Sporting, whose passage as section leaders was secured on matchday three, tried to respond early in the second half but Albano Bizzarri kept out a Valeri Bozhinov effort. Instead Lazio went 2-0 up on 55 minutes, as centre-back Modibo Diakitè ran deep into opposition territory before playing a defence-splitting pass for Sculli, who just avoided the offside trap and beat Marcelo with a precise low shot.

Bizzarri made another good save to keep out a Bozhinov free-kick but the news from Zurich was the main cause for the home celebration.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.37CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

sporting

Sporting

1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
7
SculliGiuseppe Sculli
Goal55
5
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
Substitution75
8
HernanesHernanes
Substitution72
6
EvaldoEvaldo
18
KozákLibor Kozák
Goal42
Substitution84
7
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
19
LulićSenad Lulić
Yellow Card35
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Substitution69
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
18
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
21
DiakitèModibo Diakitè
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma (C)
26
André SantosAndré Santos (C)
27
CanaLorik Cana
Substitution53
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
39
Cavanda Luis Cavanda
Yellow Card20
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
Substitution65
99
CisséDjibril Cissé
34
Tiago IloriTiago Ilori

Substitutes

84
CarrizoJuan Pablo Carrizo (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
3
André DiasAndré Dias
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Substitution69
9
RocchiTommaso Rocchi
40
BetinhoBetinho
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Substitution53
46
João CarlosJoão Carlos
25
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution84
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Substitution65
40
CrescenziLuca Crescenzi
53
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
41
Zampa Enrico Zampa
Substitution72
54
João MárioJoão Mário
Substitution75

Coach

Edoardo Reja (ITA) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Adam Watts (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Oliver (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

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