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Kozák shines as Lazio cruise past Stuttgart

Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 23.23CET
S.S. Lazio 3-1 VfB Stuttgart (agg: 5-1)
Libor Kozák became the competition's top marksman, striking a superb hat-trick to help Vladimir Petković's men see off their German visitors.
by Ben Gladwell
from Stadio Olimpico

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Match statistics

LazioStuttgart

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners4
 
8
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 23.23CET

Kozák shines as Lazio cruise past Stuttgart

S.S. Lazio 3-1 VfB Stuttgart (agg: 5-1)
Libor Kozák became the competition's top marksman, striking a superb hat-trick to help Vladimir Petković's men see off their German visitors.

S.S. Lazio forward Libor Kozák underlined his UEFA Europa League pedigree by becoming the tournament's leading scorer with a hat-trick that ended VfB Stuttgart's slender hopes of overturning a two-goal deficit from the round of 16 first leg.

Kozák took his tally to eight goals in eight outings as Lazio finished off their second Bundesliga opponents in a row, after disposing of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the last 32, with his first two effectively sealing victory within eight minutes at the Stadio Olimpico. Tamás Hajnal grabbed a consolation for Stuttgart before Kozák struck again late on as the Biancocelesti became the first Serie A side to reach the last eight of this competition since it assumed its current format in 2009.

The real difference between the teams was highlighted when an efficient Lazio converted their first chance, as they had done a week ago. Ştefan Radu's low cross from the left was an open invitation for Czech international Kozák, who made no mistake from close range. Moments later, Hernanes arrowed a ball through the Stuttgart defence and into the path of the 23-year-old, whose venomous shot grazed the underside of the crossbar on its way past Sven Ulreich, all but ending the contest.

Vedad Ibišević was presented with the opportunity to reduce the arrears midway through the first half, but it was perhaps indicative of his side's lack of incision over 180 minutes that he was unable to control the ball with only Federico Marchetti to beat. Gotoku Sakai and Raphael Holzhauser both stung the palms of Albano Bizzarri, on for the injured Marchetti, as a spirited Stuttgart sought a more respectable end to their European campaign, which they found when Hajnal fired through a pack of players for a long overdue consolation.

A ruthless Kozák was not sated, though, and moments after being denied at point-blank range by Ulreich, he clinched a 3-1 victory, heading in Antonio Candreva's cross to take the match ball home.

Last updated: 16/03/13 0.10CET

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

stuttgart

Stuttgart

22
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
Substitution43
1
UlreichSven Ulreich (GK)
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
2
SakaiGotoku Sakai
6
MauriStefano Mauri (C)
Substitution65
5
TasciSerdar Tasci (C)
8
HernanesHernanes
Substitution74
6
NiedermeierGeorg Niedermeier
17
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Yellow Card10
18
KozákLibor Kozák
Goal6
Goal8
Goal87
20
GentnerChristian Gentner
19
LulićSenad Lulić
21
MolinaroCristian Molinaro
20
BiavaGiuseppe Biava
Yellow Card82
26
HolzhauserRaphael Holzhauser
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
30
HajnalTamás Hajnal
Yellow Card16
Goal62
Substitution74
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
31
OkazakiShinji Okazaki
87
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
93
MachedaFederico Macheda
Substitution64

Substitutes

1
BizzarriAlbano Bizzarri (GK)
Substitution43
22
ZieglerMarc Ziegler (GK)
4
CreccoLuca Crecco
3
Felipe LopesFelipe Lopes
7
EdersonEderson
Substitution74
4
KvistWilliam Kvist
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
7
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution74
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Substitution65
16
TraoréIbrahima Traoré
Substitution64
38
CataldiDanilo Cataldi
23
HooglandTim Hoogland
99
FloccariSergio Floccari
24
RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Bruno Labbadia (GER)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

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