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Kozák double keeps Lazio flying high

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.30CET
S.S. Lazio 3-0 Panathinaikos FC
Vladimir Petković's men maintained top spot in Group J as two Libor Kozák goals earned a commanding victory against their Greek visitors.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Olimpico
Kozák double keeps Lazio flying high
Libor Kozák takes the plaudits after opening the scoring for Lazio ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LazioPanathinaikos

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
1
Corners4
 
1
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/11/2012 07:14 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.30CET

Kozák double keeps Lazio flying high

S.S. Lazio 3-0 Panathinaikos FC
Vladimir Petković's men maintained top spot in Group J as two Libor Kozák goals earned a commanding victory against their Greek visitors.

Two first-half goals from Libor Kozák helped S.S. Lazio see off Panathinaikos FC and cement top spot in UEFA Europa League Group J.

With Vladimir Petković resting several players ahead of the derby against AS Roma at the weekend, Kozák repaid his coach's faith by notching in the 23rd and 40th minutes. Sergio Floccari made it three with a header in the second half to leave the Italian hosts on eight points, a win away from securing qualification.

After a balanced start, it took a piece of individual brilliance to open the scoring. Kozák provided it, the 23-year-old Czech forward controlling a ball in the box with his back to goal, before turning on the spot and chipping into the top corner of Orestis Karnezis's net.

Moments later, Kozák received a blow to the head but soldiered on. The home fans were glad he did as five minutes before the interval he pounced on Loukas Vyntra's weak pass across the Panathinaikos area to find the bottom corner with a precise side-footed effort.

Just before the hour the game was up for the Greek club as Floccari nodded in Mauro Zárate's free-kick from the left. Panathinaikos failed to organise a threatening response and only troubled Federico Marchetti with a powerful free-kick from Giourkas Seitaridis.

With two points from their opening four matches, Jesualdo Ferreira's side must win both remaining fixtures to keep qualification hopes alive, beginning against NK Maribor on 22 November. Lazio sit two points above Tottenham Hotspur FC, who travel to Rome on matchday five.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.15CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

22
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
6
VitoloVitolo
Yellow Card32
5
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
9
TochéToché
Substitution24
10
ZárateMauro Zárate
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Substitution67
16
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Yellow Card24
18
KozákLibor Kozák
Goal23
Goal40
Substitution76
17
ZecaZeca
Substitution78
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra (C)
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma (C)
Substitution80
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
41
ChouchoumisDiamantis Chouchoumis
Substitution59
27
CanaLorik Cana
Yellow Card72
44
VelázquezJosé Manuel Velázquez
Yellow Card42
99
FloccariSergio Floccari
Goal59
61
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie

Substitutes

1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
40
KapinoStefanos Kapino (GK)
6
MauriStefano Mauri
7
MavriasCharis Mavrias
Substitution59
8
HernanesHernanes
Substitution67
21
BarbarousesKosta Barbarouses
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution76
23
LagosTassos Lagos
Substitution78
19
LulićSenad Lulić
Substitution80
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Substitution24
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
34
FourlanosSpyros Fourlanos
87
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
45
TriantafyllopoulosKostas Triantafyllopoulos

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Alain Hoxha (AUT), Matthias Winsauer (AUT)

Fourth official

Roland Brandner (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Harald Lechner (AUT), Rene Eisner (AUT)

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