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Four-goal Lazio leave Maribor as Group J winners

Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 22.57CET
NK Maribor 1-4 S.S. Lazio
Sergio Floccari struck twice and there were also goals from Libor Kozák and Ştefan Radu as the Serie A team strolled to victory and first place in Group J.
Four-goal Lazio leave Maribor as Group J winners
Sergio Floccari (left) helped himself to two goals in Slovenia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

MariborLazio

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target6
 
10
Attempts off target3
 
10
Corners4
 
4
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed10
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 22/01/2013 09:51 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 22.57CET

Four-goal Lazio leave Maribor as Group J winners

NK Maribor 1-4 S.S. Lazio
Sergio Floccari struck twice and there were also goals from Libor Kozák and Ştefan Radu as the Serie A team strolled to victory and first place in Group J.

Sergio Floccari scored twice as S.S. Lazio sealed top spot in UEFA Europa League Group J with an emphatic away victory against NK Maribor.

Libor Kozák and captain Ştefan Radu put the Italian team two goals to the good before Lazio's No99 got on the scoresheet for the first time. His second, a superb solo effort six minutes after the restart, had the visitors on course to equal their 4-0 victory at the Stadion Ljudski vrt in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League until Tavares' late consolation.

Ederson, scorer of the winner when the teams met on matchday two, was chief architect as the Biancocelesti constructed a three-goal advantage by the break. His first significant act came in the 16th minute with a measured through pass for Kozák, who delicately lifted the ball over the outrushing Jasmin Handanovič.

With Lazio enjoying themselves, Handanovič was soon called upon to deny Ederson the goal his performance deserved. From Hernanes' ensuing corner, however, Radu evaded marker Nejc Potokar at the front post to head in the visitors' second.

Two quickly became three and again Ederson was to the fore, leading a counterattack and teeing up Floccari, who dispatched a low shot across Handanovič. Then, on the cusp of half-time, Goran Cvijanovič briefly gave the home supporters something to cheer with a fierce drive against the crossbar.

Six minutes into the second period, Floccari charged through from halfway and curled in a delightful left-footed shot. The striker, Ederson, Michaël Ciani and Lorik Cana all had opportunities to extend Lazio's lead, but a combination of lax finishing and inspired goalkeeping prevented a fifth. Indeed, it was the Purples who had the last word through Tavares, who twisted inside the challenge of Ciani and bent a shot past Albano Bizzarri.

Last updated: 08/12/12 0.11CET

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