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Floccari strikes keep Lazio on track

Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 22.50CET
SS Lazio 2-1 Apollon Limassol FC
The visitors battled hard, but two first-half goals from Sergio Floccari kept Vladimir Petković's side on course for a place in the round of 32.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Olimpico
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Published: Thursday 7 November 2013, 22.50CET

Floccari strikes keep Lazio on track

SS Lazio 2-1 Apollon Limassol FC
The visitors battled hard, but two first-half goals from Sergio Floccari kept Vladimir Petković's side on course for a place in the round of 32.

SS Lazio moved closer to qualification in UEFA Europa League Group J with Sergio Floccari paving the way for a 2-1 victory against Apollon Limassol FC with two first-half goals.

The striker broke the deadlock after 14 minutes with an opportunistic finish before heading in the second eight minutes from the interval. Apollon quickly reduced the deficit through Fotis Papoulis, but an equaliser proved elusive for the Cypriot side, who are now four points adrift of second-placed Lazio in the section.

Lazio attacked mostly from the left where the 18-year-old Keita Baldé was a constant threat. On 13 minutes, the product of the FC Barcelona cantera beat a defender with a series of step-overs before sending in a low cross which took a touch off Emerson on its way to Floccari in the middle of the penalty box. The striker duly found the bottom corner of the net with his right foot.

Brazilian midfielder Hernanes then forced Bruno Vale to make a difficult save with a shot from the edge of the box while Floccari just missed the target from a promising position after another good pass from Keita. The 31-year-old made amends soon afterwards, getting a head to Keita's corner from the right.

Apollon responded just two minutes later when Papoulis controlled a pass from Gaston Sangoy inside the box before beating Lazio's debutant goalkeeper Etrit Berisha with a precise low shot.

Bruno Vale kept out a dangerous Hernanes free-kick early in the second half while Floccari fired over when presented with an open goal after another good Keita pass. Papoulis had a golden opportunity to level the scores with 21 minutes remaining but Berisha produced a wonderful one-handed save to block his powerful shot from close range. Apollon pushed hard until the final whistle but Lazio defended well to earn three important points.

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Lineups

lazio

Lazio

apollon

Apollon

1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
83
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
2
CianiMichaël Ciani
Yellow Card63
6
GullónMarcos Gullón
Yellow Card47
Substitution86
8
HernanesHernanes (C)
9
RobertoRoberto
10
EdersonEderson
Substitution77
10
SangoyGaston Sangoy
14
BaldéKeita Baldé
Substitution82
14
MeriemCamel Meriem
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
16
MerkisGiorgos Merkis (C)
Yellow Card79
27
CanaLorik Cana
26
PapoulisFotis Papoulis
Goal39
Substitution90+2
29
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
Substitution68
28
StylianouMarios Stylianou
39
Cavanda Luis Cavanda
55
KaripidisChristos Karipidis
87
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
56
HamdaniRachid Hamdani
99
FloccariSergio Floccari
Goal14
Goal37
88
VasiliouGeorgios Vasiliou

Substitutes

22
MarchettiFederico Marchetti (GK)
23
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
4
CreccoLuca Crecco
11
KonstantinouAlex Konstantinou
Substitution86
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
12
GrigorieȘtefan Grigorie
15
GonzálezÁlvaro González
18
DãnãnaeOvidiu Dãnãnae
24
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Substitution77
21
CataláJosé Catalá
34
PereaBrayan Perea
Substitution82
27
AngeliAngelis Angeli
85
NovarettiDiego Novaretti
Substitution68
92
HaberDaniel Haber
Substitution90+2

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Christakis Christoforou (CYP)

Referee

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Assistant referees

Stuart Stevenson (SCO), David McGeachie (SCO)

Fourth official

Alastair Mather (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Brian Colvin (SCO)

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