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Tottenham held at home by resilient Lazio

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.00CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 0-0 S.S. Lazio
The north London club had the better of the chances but were unable to find a way past their Italian visitors and had to settle for a point.
by Jeremy Inson
from White Hart Lane
Tottenham held at home by resilient Lazio
Gareth Bale was unable to inspire Tottenham to victory against Lazio ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

TottenhamLazio

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
22
Yellow cards0
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 24/10/2012 01:55 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.00CET

Tottenham held at home by resilient Lazio

Tottenham Hotspur FC 0-0 S.S. Lazio
The north London club had the better of the chances but were unable to find a way past their Italian visitors and had to settle for a point.

Tottenham Hotspur FC failed to find a way past a resilient S.S. Lazio side and had to settle for a share of the spoils in their UEFA Europa League Group J opener.

Spurs coach André Villas-Boas gave a debut to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but the France No1 had little to do as the home side's attacking prowess meant his opposite number Federico Marchetti was the busier of the two goalkeepers. Lazio ultimately held firm, yet their winless run against English sides in Europe has now been extended to eight matches.

Tottenham started on the front foot and both Aaron Lennon – named captain for the night – and Gareth Bale caused problems for the Italian side with their pace down the flanks. Even so, Lazio had the first chance of the match when Senad Lulić crossed from the left, but Miroslav Klose was unable to connect as he slid in.

Marchetti then tipped Bale's header over the bar after Lennon had picked him out at the far post, but it was Lazio who came closest to scoring shortly before the break. Lulić swung over a cross from the left and Álvaro González capitalised on Jan Vertonghen's failure to clear only for his volley to come back off the crossbar.

Spurs were buoyed by Villas-Boas's half-time team talk and hit Lazio on the counterattack six minutes into the second half. The lively Jermain Defoe cut in from the right and slipped a pass to Lennon, but he was unable to get a clean strike on the ball as Marchetti pounced at his feet and the Lazio defence cleared.

Sandro also went close for Spurs, but, when Bale flashed a free-kick across the face of goal, he could only head wide from close range, obliging the hosts to settle for a point. Next up for Villas-Boas's charges is a trip to Panathinaikos FC on 4 October, when Lazio will host NK Maribor.

Last updated: 01/05/13 9.13CET

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Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

lazio

Lazio

25
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
22
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
2
DempseyClint Dempsey
Substitution76
3
André DiasAndré Dias
Yellow Card63
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
MauriStefano Mauri (C)
Yellow Card85
Substitution90+2
7
LennonAaron Lennon (C)
Substitution81
8
HernanesHernanes
Substitution90+4
11
BaleGareth Bale
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
16
NaughtonKyle Naughton
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Yellow Card66
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
19
LulićSenad Lulić
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution90+4
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
Yellow Card28
28
WalkerKyle Walker
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
Substitution80
30
SandroSandro
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
33
CaulkerSteven Caulker
39
Cavanda Luis Cavanda

Substitutes

23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
Substitution90+4
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
5
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
7
EdersonEderson
Substitution90+2
22
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Substitution76
10
ZárateMauro Zárate
Substitution80
31
TownsendAndros Townsend
Substitution81
18
KozákLibor Kozák
38
MasonRyan Mason
Substitution90+4
99
FloccariSergio Floccari

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Vladimir Petković (SUI)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)

Fourth official

Cristian Nica (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), István Kovács (ROU)

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