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Apollon ride their luck to hold Lazio

Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 21.02CET
Apollon Limassol FC 0-0 SS Lazio
Ederson, Hernanes and Álvaro González all had chances to beat goalkeeper Bruno Vale, but he and his Apollon team-mates clung on for a Group J point.
by Constantinos Shiamboullis
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Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 21.02CET

Apollon ride their luck to hold Lazio

Apollon Limassol FC 0-0 SS Lazio
Ederson, Hernanes and Álvaro González all had chances to beat goalkeeper Bruno Vale, but he and his Apollon team-mates clung on for a Group J point.

Apollon Limassol FC claimed a creditable 0-0 draw against Seria A side SS Lazio in Nicosia to keep alive their chances of qualifying from UEFA Europa League Group J.

The final result was something of a coup for Apollon, who had to withstand intense pressure at times on home soil. However, they may have to do it all over again on matchday four when they head for Rome, one point behind Lazio and three shy of leaders Trabzonspor AŞ.

Lazio will feel they should have made more of their chances in Cyprus. In the first half, Ederson and Hernanes both worked their way into good positions after Apollon defenders had failed to clear their lines, only to be unable to find the finishing touch. Apollon were to offer little in reply, though Gaston Sangoy and Fotis Papoulis missed the target on forays forward.

Apollon never took charge of the game but posed their visitors more problems after the interval, going close when Papoulis' curling effort just cleared the crossbar on the hour. Camel Meriem also tried his luck from distance five minutes from the end, but his long-range effort was just off target.

Vladimir Petković's Lazio, though, will have a thing or two to discuss on their flight home. Indeed, Hernanes and Álvaro González both failed to trouble Bruno Vale in the Apollon goal as Christakis Christoforou's men rode their luck to claim a point.

Last updated: 07/10/14 3.14CET

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Lineups

apollon

Apollon

lazio

Lazio

83
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
22
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
6
GullónMarcos Gullón
8
HernanesHernanes
9
RobertoRoberto
10
EdersonEderson
10
SangoyGaston Sangoy
Substitution88
14
BaldéKeita Baldé
Substitution81
14
MeriemCamel Meriem
Substitution90+4
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
Yellow Card50
Substitution87
16
MerkisGiorgos Merkis (C)
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma (C)
Yellow Card90+4
26
PapoulisFotis Papoulis
Substitution90+2
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
28
StylianouMarios Stylianou
Yellow Card54
27
CanaLorik Cana
55
KaripidisChristos Karipidis
Yellow Card61
39
Cavanda Luis Cavanda
56
HamdaniRachid Hamdani
85
NovarettiDiego Novaretti
88
VasiliouGeorgios Vasiliou
99
FloccariSergio Floccari
Substitution70

Substitutes

23
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
11
KonstantinouAlex Konstantinou
Substitution88
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
12
GrigorieȘtefan Grigorie
Substitution90+4
4
CreccoLuca Crecco
18
DãnãnaeOvidiu Dãnãnae
5
BigliaLucas Biglia
21
CataláJosé Catalá
7
Felipe AndersonFelipe Anderson
Substitution81
27
AngeliAngelis Angeli
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
Substitution87
92
HaberDaniel Haber
Substitution90+2
34
PereaBrayan Perea
Substitution70

Coach

Christakis Christoforou (CYP) Vladimir Petković (SUI)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Ricardo Santos (POR), Nuno Pereira (POR)

Fourth official

Antonio Godinho (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), Marco Ferreira (POR)

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