Thursday April 11, 2013 Quarter-final Finished Stadio Olimpico

Lazio 1 - 1 Fenerbahçe

  • Lulic 60’
  • Erkin 73’

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  1. Europa League - Fenerbahce knock out Lazio in empty stadium

    Europa League - Fenerbahce knock out Lazio in empty stadium

    Fenerbahce progressed to the Europa League semi-finals after an entertaining 1-1 draw with Lazio at an empty Stadio Olimpico. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Lazio
    • Fenerbahçe
    • 90+3' That's our lot. It's Fenerbahce who progress to the Europa League semi-finals. They defended resolutely throughout, and Erkin's bullet assured they emerged victorious. Over and out.
    • 90+2' Candreva whips another ball in but it evades Klose and is cleared. Ledesma fires over soon after.
    • 90+1' Handball by goalscorer Lulic on the edge of the Fenerbahce area. Three minutes of added time, we've played one.
    • 90' Candreza wins his 1000th foul of the night, but Lazio elect to play it short. They know this tie is beyond them.
    • 89' Ciani, fresh from being floored, gets up and blazes the ball high and wide. Pure frustration.
    • 88' Lots of niggling fouls now, Ucan the latest to bring out the referee's whistle as he fouls Ciani.
    • 87' Welcome to the match, Krasic. Candreva turns him with a great piece of skill and the new boy hauls him to the floor. Escapes a booking.
    • 86' Final subsitution as goalscorer Erkin is replaced by Milos Krasic.
    • 85' Lazio's Radu and Ciani bringing the ball out from the back to get more numbers in the opposition half. They can't get through, though.
    • 84' Candreva continues to cause Fenerbahce problems down the right. This time his cross flies off his right boot out of play, but he easily skipped past two weak challenges to create the space.
    • 83' Yobo almost lobs his own keeper with a header from twenty yards but the ball bounces narrowly wide. That would have made an interesting last few minutes...
    • 82' Header tipped over by Demirel. Another dangerous ball from Candreva causing all sorts of problems.
    • 81' Mehmut Topuz joins the action for Webo, who has barely had a kick. He won't mind though if the scores stay the same.
    • 80' Joesph Yobo rises above everyone to clear a Lazio corner. 10 minutes for the Turkish side to hold on...
    • 79' Lazio are still plugging away, but it looks like this game has got away from them tonight. Klose almost latches onto a Lulic cross, but Gonul defends well.
    • 78' There might only be a handful of Fenerbahce fans but they're in full voice now, waving their distinctive yellow and black flags to taunt the empty blue seats.
    • 77' Radu fires wide of the Fenerbahce goal after being fed by Hernanes. Lazio need three goals - it looks very unlikely.
    • 76' Last throw of the Lazio dice as Antonio Rozzi is sent on for Kozak. The striker has worked incredibly hard all match, but his efforts look to be for nothing.
    • 75' It's slightly undeserved, but Fenerbahce are fifteen minutes away from a historic European semi-final here. Wow.
    • 74' Fenerbahce find themselves with numbers inside the Lazio box and the ball breaks to Erkin. He dummies brilliantly to create space, before firing a vicious shot beyond Marchetti. I make that their first shot on target. But what an important shot.
    • 73' And whilst we are on the subject of substitutions, Cristian comes off for Salih Ucan.
    • 72' Ederson comes off for number 99, Sergio Floccari.
    • 71' Hernanes has so much space in between the Fenerbahce lone frontman, Webo, and the midfield. If he could just pick out a pass...
    • 70' Ederson meets a looping Lulic ball but his header skims off his head and into the ground. Demirel calmly drops to his knees and gathers.
    • 69' Klose gets into a good position but he can't pick out a teammate. Does he have a goal in him tonight?
    • 68' Gonul slices a clearance straight to Ederson who controls well, flicks it over Yobo's head... But the referee's blown. Ederson controlled it with his upper arm. Pity.
    • 67' Fenerbahce doing well to take the sting out the tie and control possession for a few moments. They've barely had a sniff of the Lazio goal tonight though.
    • 66' Lazio need their fans to roar them to that second goal. Unfortunately they're all locked outside the stadium. Maybe if they chant loud enough..?
    • 65' Lazio have a corner which they work short but Hernanes' cross is dealth with - shock horror - by Demirel.
    • 64' Lulic is the next player to enter the referee's book. Obviously the adrenaline is running high from his system right now.
    • 63' Candreva slowly getting back to his feet. Hopefully he'll be all right to continue, he's been the game's best player.
    • 62' Stoppage as Candreva receives treatment. Took a nasty knock to the ankle, which Erkin was booked for.
    • 61' Dear me. Demirel is looking so shaky when the ball is launched into his area. He can expect plenty of high balls during the remaining half an hour you would think.
    • 60' It doesn't matter. Massive moment in the match as Lulic meets a Candreva cross from the right with a superb header that flies past Demirel.
    • 59' A shot from the left is spilled to Kozak who can only shoot at the keeper. Big chance.
    • 58' Candreva is involved in everything good Lazio do, but his break down the right comes to nothing.
    • 57' It looks like Lazio might switch to three at the back to force the issue. Fenerbahce have not threatened their goal, so it's a wise move. Webo might find himself involved a bit more now too.
    • 56' Giuseppe Biava is taken off for Miroslav Klose. Very attacking move but Lazio have little choice. They need to score. And soon.
    • 55' Erkin fouled by a rather enthusiastic lunge from Candreva. The referee keeps his cards in his pocked though.
    • 54' Candreva finds himself in acres of space inside the Fenerbahce penalty area but stalls, probably thinking he's offside, and allows the defence to close in him. His shot is eventually blocked.
    • 53' Lazio trying to put pressure on the ball, chasing down the Fenerbahce defenders whenever they attempt to start playing.
    • 52' For all this Lazio pressure, Fenerbahce have defended well and restricted their opponents to shots from distance mainly.
    • 51' Kozak almost latches onto another cross, nice to see his teammates attempting to involve him in this half, but he gets underneath it and the danger is averted.
    • 50' A low cross from Lulic is almost met by Kozak, but Yobo does really well to clear. Pressure's building.
    • 49' Candreva gets into a good position and delivers a cross but the linesman waves his flag to signal it went out of play.
    • 48' Biava and Candreva combine down the right, the latter sending in a cross which is met by the head of Kozak... Over, just. Bright start from the home side.
    • 47' Demirel starts the second half as he finished the first, completely missing a dangerous Lazio cross. Fortunately for him no one was gambling at the back post. That might be his last chance.
    • 46' We're back underway. Lazio need at least two goals.
    • 45+2' And it's half-time here. An absorbing match that could do with a goal (like most 0-0 games...) Lazio unable to convert their dominance into a lead.
    • 45+1' Kozak fires wide from six yards. Looked like it was deflected but the referee isn't interested.
    • 45' Kozak was booked for that incident. Since when was chasing down a loose ball a yellow card? Mad. The keeper is feeling sorry for himself, clutching his poorly hand, but Kozak had every right to chase the ball.
    • 44' Candreva whips in a dangerous ball that is not dealt with at all by Demirel who dives over it theatrically. Hernanes picks up the ball and shoots, the keeper spills, but gathers as Kozak closes in. Hang on...
    • 43' But it's actually the Turkish side enjoying some possession. Almost every player gets a touch before it ends up with Demirel who gives it straight back to Lazio.
    • 42' Fenerbahce look like they need half-time. It surely can't be that long now until a Lazio breakthrough.
    • 41' Three or four Lazio players exchange quick passes on the edge of the area. The ball comes to Ederson but from a tight angle he fires straight at the keeper's legs. Demirel did well to stand up tall.
    • 40' Ziegler concedes a corner but Fenerbahce defend it well yet again. Can Lazio score before the break?
    • 39' Hernanes to Ederson, back to Hernanes. Through ball... Kozak runs the wrong way and nothing comes of it. They split the Fenerbahce midfield there.
    • 38' Candreva elects to run with the ball this time, getting down the right and forcing a corner.
    • 37' Yet another shot from thirty yards, it must be Vladimir Petkovic's gameplan. Candreva's shot flies high into the stands.
    • 36' The corner is played deep into the area and breaks to Lulic. Unfortunately his cross evades the Lazio heads and is dealt with at the back post.
    • 35' Another wave of Lazio pressure, building nicely from the back, results in Kozak winning a corner.
    • 34' Another Lazio shot flies wide. Kozak must have annoyed his teammates in the week, no one wants to pass to him.
    • 33' Wasted. Hernanes shoots low and strikes the wall. Probably should have floated it over the wall...
    • 32' Ederson cuts in from the left wing again but before he has a chance to pull the trigger he is fouled by Cristian. Unsurprisingly we see the game's second booking. Good chance this...
    • 31' Reto Ziegler goes into the book for refusing to give the ball back. Somewhat childish, but it did prevent a Lazio break.
    • 30' Half an hour in and Fenerbahce will be very happy with their evening's work.
    • 29' Hernanes unleashes a shot from distance but it hits Joseph Yobo and the chance is gone. Lazio have had a few sights from distance when a pass may have been the better option.
    • 28' Webo is outnumbered four to one in the Lazio penalty area and the ball is inevitably cleared. Remember, if Fenerbahce score Lazio need four.
    • 27' Lulic breaks down the left again and delivers a great low cross to the edge of the area which is met by Candreva. His volley flies narrowly over the bar. Better from the home side.
    • 26' Kozak attempts to latch onto a pass down the right but it's too long and drifts harmlessly out of play.
    • 25' The corner flies in low. Too low, it doesn't clear the first man. Lazio yet to create a big chance.
    • 24' Ederson wins a throw in deep inside the opposition half. They work it well and force a corner.
    • 23' Oh dear. Awful cross from Webo on the right wing when he had plenty of time. There weren't many options in the middle so he probably should have held onto it.
    • 22' Lulic breaks down the left and gets the ball into the box. After a bit of head tennis amongst the Fenerbahce back four, the ball is cleared.
    • 21' Raul Meireles strikers from thirty yards but the ball sails high into the stands. Unfortunately that is where it will remain as there is no fan in sight to fetch it...
    • 20' Fenerbahce keeping the ball around the halfway line but are struggling to make any ground in the Lazio half.
    • 19' I wonder what both managers will be thinking as we near the halfway point of the first half? Lazio have had a few sights from distance, but Fenerbahce do look susceptible to players running at them.
    • 18' Fenerbahce appear to have weathered that early Lazio storm and are starting to look composed on the ball. Erkin is involved in most of their forward pressure.
    • 17' This atmosphere is really strange. The few Fenerbahce fans in the ground are trying their best, but it has the feel of a training ground exercise.
    • 16' Fenerbahce win the ball back inside the Lazio half, but a shot from distance comes to nothing.
    • 15' A short corner is worked to Hernanes, who elects to run with the ball into the box rather than cross. He shoots high over the bar from a tight angle. Should have crossed it.
    • 14' Lazio definitely on top though having survived those two early corners. Their front three are causing all sorts of problems already.
    • 13' I wonder if the keeper actually had two hands on that? It was very tight as Kozak closed in.
    • 12' Hernanes shapes to whip a free-kick into the box but actually elects to shoot. Demirel saves it, but spills the ball as Kozak closes in. Fortunately for the Turkish keeper he quickly gets two hands on the ball before Kozak can tap the ball home.
    • 11' Hernanes finds himself in space and drives at the Fenerbahce goal. He shoots, it looks like it might be on target, but Kozak can't get out of the way in time and it cannons off the striker for a goal kick.
    • 10' Erkin concedes a foul thirty yards from goal but it's blasted into the wall. Looked quite painful that.
    • 9' Lazio are starting to dictate the play with Hernanes looking particularly confident on the ball. As I say that he kicks it out needlessly for a throw though...
    • 8' Ederson plays a clever ball to Libor Kozak but the danger is snuffed out. Lazio have a throw in deep inside the opposition half.
    • 7' Ederson does superbly to wriggle clear of a couple of dangling Fenerbahce legs, but he blazes horribly wide when well placed.
    • 6' The corner comes to nothing, but that's twice already that Fenerbahce have had set pieces in the opening few minutes.
    • 5' A poor pass back from Michael Ciani is miscontrolled by Marchetti and the Turkish side have a cheap corner.
    • 4' Antonio Candreva cuts in from the left wing onto his right foot but his shot is tame and straight at Demirel in the Fenerbahce goal.
    • 3' Fenerbahce corner cleared easily early on. Both teams have settled into a nice passing game.
    • 2' A sea of empty blue seats everywhere you look. The players and managers cries are very clear so no player will have any excuse for missing instructions tonight.
    • 1' And we're underway in a near empty Stadio Olimpico.
    • 20:00 The Turkish side come into the game with a formidable away record in Europe this season with four wins and one draw so far. However it will require a monumental effort to continue that fine form against a Lazio side who were unbeaten in Europe this season before their first leg defeat. The players are in the tunnel...
    • 19:55 Lazio weren’t fazed the last time they played without the Stadio Olimpico faithful in their last-16 match with Stuggart. Two goals in eight minutes from striker Libor Kozak settled the nerves and put the tie beyond doubt before completing his hat trick late on. Lazio supporters will be hoping he can reproduce that form tonight.
    • 19:50 Fenerbahce are still in the hunt for domestic honours and sit in second in the Turkish Super Lig, four points behind Galatasary. In exactly a month the two will meet in the penultimate game of the season to battle it out for league glory.
    • 19:45 Lazio played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in the Derby della Capitale against fierce rivals Roma on Monday to leave them fifth in Serie A, seven points adrift of the Champions League qualifying positions.
    • 19:40 Chelsea await tonight’s victors in the draw for the semi-finals after they progressed at Rubin Kazan’s expense despite losing their second leg 3-2 in Russia. In the other quarter-finals Basel and Tottenham are nicely poised at 2-2 on aggregate, whilst Newcastle United need to score at least twice to have any chance of knocking out Benfica. Both games kick-off at the same time as Lazio vs. Fenerbahce, 20:05.
    • 19:35 Fenerbahce are also no strangers to their fans being banned from the stadium. Last year the Turkish FA took the unique step of banning men from their home match with Manisapor. Instead, 41,000 women and children were given free tickets and sang their hearts out as the two sides shared a 1-1 draw in a historic day for football. Their Europa League last-32 match against Bate Borisov was also played by behind closed doors after fans were found guilty of throwing missiles in an earlier group match.
    • 19:30 The dismissal of Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi’s completely changed the first leg. With the match balanced at 0-0 just after half-time, the midfielder hauled down Cristian to pick up a second yellow card and hand the momentum to Fenerbahce. The Turkish side seized the opportunity as late goals from Pierre Webo and Dirk Kuyt saw them emerge victorious 2-0.
    • 19:25 Fenerbahce also make two changes as Mehmet Topal and Moussa Sow are replaced by Selcuk Sahin and Caner Erkin. Erkin might prove particularly useful on the counter tonight with his natural dribbling skills as Lazio commit players forward to get back into the tie.
    • 19:20 Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic makes two changes from the side that lost in Turkey with Giuseppe Biava and Emmanuel Ledesma coming in for Ogenyi Onazi and Alavaro Gonzalez. Onazi is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the first leg whilst Gonzalez takes a place on the bench.
    • 19:15 LAZIO: Marchetti, Ciani, Biava, Cana, Radu, Candreva, Ledesma, Hernanes, Lulic, Ederson, Kozak... Subs: Bizzarri, Crecco, Gonzalez, Cataldi, Klose, Rozzi, Floccari. /// FENERBAHCE: Demirel, Korkmaz, Yobo, Ziegler, Gonul, Meireles, Cristian, Sahin, Erkin, Kuyt, Webo... Subs: Gunok, Kaldirim, Irtegun, Topal, Krasic, Topuz, Ucan.
    • 19:10 Tonight’s match will have an eerie feel and might appear to the casual observer like an overly competitive training match due to all the empty seats. After the battering the managers’ throats normally get, trying to be heard over thousands of boisterous supporters, tonight will offer welcome relief as they whisper instructions onto the pitch. At stake tonight is a place in the Europa League semi-finals.
    • 19:05 Thursday’s premiere European competition returns for another edition tonight as the Europa League quarter-finals take centre stage. Our attention turns to the Lazio vs. Fenerbahce clash – a match to be played behind closed doors after UEFA banned Lazio’s fans for racist behaviour. The Biancocelesti faithful complete a two match suspension tonight, but with the game of utmost importance you wonder whether the home side can overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat without their passionate support.
  • Summary

    • 83' Yobo almost lobs his own keeper with a header from twenty yards but the ball bounces narrowly wide. That would have made an interesting last few minutes...
    • 74' Fenerbahce find themselves with numbers inside the Lazio box and the ball breaks to Erkin. He dummies brilliantly to create space, before firing a vicious shot beyond Marchetti. I make that their first shot on target. But what an important shot.
    • 60' It doesn't matter. Massive moment in the match as Lulic meets a Candreva cross from the right with a superb header that flies past Demirel.
    • 59' A shot from the left is spilled to Kozak who can only shoot at the keeper. Big chance.
    • 48' Biava and Candreva combine down the right, the latter sending in a cross which is met by the head of Kozak... Over, just. Bright start from the home side.
    • 41' Three or four Lazio players exchange quick passes on the edge of the area. The ball comes to Ederson but from a tight angle he fires straight at the keeper's legs. Demirel did well to stand up tall.
    • 27' Lulic breaks down the left again and delivers a great low cross to the edge of the area which is met by Candreva. His volley flies narrowly over the bar. Better from the home side.
    • 12' Hernanes shapes to whip a free-kick into the box but actually elects to shoot. Demirel saves it, but spills the ball as Kozak closes in. Fortunately for the Turkish keeper he quickly gets two hands on the ball before Kozak can tap the ball home.
    • 4' Antonio Candreva cuts in from the left wing onto his right foot but his shot is tame and straight at Demirel in the Fenerbahce goal.
    • 19:15 LAZIO: Marchetti, Ciani, Biava, Cana, Radu, Candreva, Ledesma, Hernanes, Lulic, Ederson, Kozak... Subs: Bizzarri, Crecco, Gonzalez, Cataldi, Klose, Rozzi, Floccari. /// FENERBAHCE: Demirel, Korkmaz, Yobo, Ziegler, Gonul, Meireles, Cristian, Sahin, Erkin, Kuyt, Webo... Subs: Gunok, Kaldirim, Irtegun, Topal, Krasic, Topuz, Ucan.

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  • Lazio

    Manager: Vladimir Petkovic

  • Fenerbahçe

    Manager: Aykut Kocaman

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