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UEFA Europa League
22 November 2012
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 23318
That’s it, it’s all over. Another goalless draw between the two sides. Lloris was the standout player on the pitch and on another night Kozak could have grabbed himself a couple of goals. The result means if Tottenham can avoid defeat in their final game they be through to the knock-out stages. I hope you enjoyed Goal.com’s live play-by-play.
Floccari has a chance to score but fails to force Lloris into a save as he hits his effort wide of the goal.
There’s going to be three minutes added on. Can either side grab a dramatic late winner?
Candreva twists and turns but mishits his attempted cross and the ball goes for a goal kick.
Adebayor turns with the ball and runs towards the Lazio half where he tries to pick out Defoe who’s well marked and the ball goes out for a throw-in to Spurs.
Yellow Card Stefano Mauri
Yellow Card Sergio Floccari
Stunning save from Lloris. Ciani gets up high to meet a corner and powers his headed effort down but Lloris gets down low to prevent the ball from finding the back of the net. Yet another stop to add to his growing collection tonight!
The home side have dominated the last 20 minutes of the game after a bright start to the half from Spurs and look the most likeliest to grab what would surely be a late winner.
Another corner to the Serie A side but Candreva’s set piece hits the roof of Lloris’ net.
Lloris again does well. This time to punching ball away under pressure from Mauri and wins a free-kick in the process.
Vertonghen tries to pick out Lennon with a long diagonal ball but overhits his effort and the ball sails harmlessly out for a throw-in mid-way inside the Lazio half.
Yellow Card Jan Vertonghen
Ederson tries to barge his way past the Spurs backline and is only prevented in doing so by a crude tackle from Vertonghen. Ederson’s been one of the matches bright sparks since coming on.
Jermain Defoe’s barely been in the game since arriving as a substitute. To be fair to the forward his side have hardly seen the ball in the last few minutes.
Narrowly wide from Ledesma. He tries to curl the ball into the corner of Lloris’ net but is marginally away from doing so.
Free-kick just outside the box to Lazio after some smart play from Ederson. There’s going to be a delay before it’s taken because Bale’s receiving some treatment.
Lulic is again in the thick of the action turning past Walker and forcing Caulker to come out and intercept the ball in a dangerous area.
The France number one has struggled to establish himself as the club’s first-choice but he could have done enough to cement his spot.
Lloris again flies out his goal to clear the ball away with Mauri closing him down. His had an impressive game tonight!
Less than a third of the match to go and both sides know that a win would see them secure their passage into the knockout stages. Surely it won’t be back-to-back goalless draws between the two teams?
Another chance and it drops to the feet of that man again - Kozak. Sloppy play by Sandro see’s Lazio pick up the ball in a dangerous area. Kozak’s bearing down on Lloris but he pulls his effort wide of the target. He should have atleast hit the target there!
Both sides are enjoying good spells in the game at the minute with the hosts having slightly more of the ball.
Nice, slow build-up play from Lazio stretches the Tottenham defence again. Walker eventually clears after beat Kozak in the air, but Sigurdsson's lazy attempt of his own puts his team under pressure once more, only until Ciani runs the ball out of play.
Spurs are not playing with the same impetus on show in the first half. Dempsey has been particularly quiet.
Oof, great chance for Spurs. Carroll, who has impressed again in the centre of the pitch, feed Adebayor out wide. The striker takes a couple of touches and whips in a low drive into the six-yard box for the onrushing Sigurdsson, only for Ciani to clear.
And Naughton will be OK to continue. Dawson trudges back to the bench.
A break in play soon after the restart as Naughton collapses in a heap following a clash with Mauri. Dawson has his kit off within seconds, but the left-back looks like he may be able to continue.
And the second half is underway! No changes for either side.
And entertaining first half here in Rome then, which should have started with a Spurs goal and, perhaps, ended with one for Lazio. However, it remains 0-0.
45' + 1'
And there goes the half-time whistle, with the referee allowing roughly one second of additional time.
Sigurdsson's turn to spark Spurs into life now as he tries to find Walker down the right, only for Mauri to stand the ball up.
The visitors are unable to get a foothold at the moment. Dempsey tries to dart past Ciani but is pulled up for a foul with Adebayor waiting patiently.
Lazio definitely on top as the first half enters the final five minutes, with Hernanes skipping past Sandro to find Kozak to start another attack. Spurs are waiting for the whistle, it seems.
Question marks over the Spurs defence there, and not for the first time. Caulker and Vertonghen are doing their best impression of the Red Sea at the moment.
Oof, and Walker is thrown straight into the action as Ledesma plays a fine through-ball to feed Kozak one-on-one with Lloris, only for the goalkeeer - who, for my money, is enjoying his best game in a Spurs shirt - glides out and averts the danger at the edge of his area. Superb goalkeeping.
Walker, who has been patiently waiting on the sidelines for a good five minutes with a bloodied nose, is finally allowed to re-enter the fray after confusion over his replacement shirt number.
There’s been chances aplenty so far but neither side have managed to break the deadlock. The earlier meeting between the two ended in a goalless draw but both teams are creating plenty tonight.
Kozak with another opportunity. This time he gets on the end of a Lulic cross ahead of Steven Caulker but heads his attempt well wide of Lloris’ post. That’s a couple of chances his had to add to his four strikes in the Europa League so far this season.
What a chance to break the deadlock! Luis Cavanda drives down the flank before picking out Libor Kozak with a defence splitting pass. With just Lloris to beat the striker hits his effort low but the ex-Lyon shotstopper does well to save with his feet and the ball goes out for a corner. That’s a couple of smart saves he’s made now.
There’s only been 17 goals so far in the entire set of Group J matches - making it the lowest scoring of any of the Europa League groups.
Fantastic save from Marchetti from a Bale cross-shot. The in-form goalkeeper does superbly to readjust his body and palm the ball behind for a corner.
Coming up to half-way in the first-half and Andre Villas-Boas’ team have settled well after an edgy couple of opening minutes and are passing the ball around well at the moment, winning back-to-back corners which they fail to create anything from.
So close to the opening goal of the game! Christian Ledesma picks the ball up and unleashes a fierce effort from outside the box which swerves in the air. Lloris gets a firm hand to the ball and forces it onto his crossbar.
Lulic almost forces Hugo Lloris into a save but his drilled effort from just outside the box sails over the France international’s crossbar. Plenty of action early on in Rome.
Bale’s in the action again. This time he does well to fire in a whipped cross which almost finds Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle of the box, but the balls put behind for a corner which comes to nothing.
The flag halts another Spurs attack. This time it’s against Emmanuel Adebayor but this time it’s the right decision. The ex-Arsenal man had strayed the wrong side of a relatively high Lazio backline.
Senad Lulic tries to get the better of Kyle Walker but the England international defends well and clears the ball to safety.
The balls in the back of the net but it’s not going to count. Gareth Bale gets onto the end of a superb through ball from Tom Carroll and takes it around Federico Marchetti before passing the ball in but the goal’s incorrectly ruled out. The Wales international was onside then and deserved to have given his side a dream start.
First offside of the evening and it goes against Lazio captain Stefano Mauri who strayed the wrong side of the last Spurs defender.
The home side are enjoying the better of the opening couple of minutes - managing to keep their opponents inside their own half.
Spurs get us off underway. This Group J match has all the makings of an entertaining game.
The players are just making their way out onto the pitch. Not much longer now until we’re off underway in Rome.
Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sandro, Carroll; Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Bale; Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Dawson, Livermore, Lennon, Dembele, Huddlestone, Defoe.
Lazio starting XI: Marchetti; Ciani, Lulic, Biava, Radu; Cavanda, Mauri, Hernanes, Gonzalez; Ledesma, Kozak. Subs: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Ederson, Onazi, Candreva, Rozzi, Floccari.
The line-ups are in…
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live play-by-play of the Europa League match between Lazio and Tottenham. The home side will progress to the knockout stages if they can beat Spurs, while the visitors also sit in a strong position to qualify.
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