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March 15, 2013 1:35 AM IST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ T. Hagen‎
 
Tamas Hajnal 62′
 
87′ Libor Kozák
 
Top of the Match
Libor Kozák
Libor Kozák
Lazio
Libor Kozák
Libor Kozák
Lazio
Flop of the Match
Shinji Okazaki
Shinji Okazaki
VfB Stuttgart
Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda
VfB Stuttgart

Lazio 3-1 Stuttgart (agg 5-1): Kozak hat-trick sees Biancocelesti through

The Czech striker struck three times to make easy work of the Italians' route to the last eight of the Europa League

By Livio Caferoglu

Europa League, Lazio-Stoccarda: Kozak scores
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Lazio progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday after they kept their nerve to record a 3-1 second-leg victory over Stuttgart.

Two goals from Libor Kozak put the tie out of sight within just eight first-half minutes at the Olimpico, and despite Tamas Hajnal's consolation effort midway through the second period, the Czech struck again late on to ensure a comprehensive aggregate triumph.

The opener came just six minutes into the action, as Stefan Radu burst down the left flank and fizzed in a cross which Kozak met at the back post with great aplomb to put the Biancocelesti on their way.

Kozak did not waste any time in grabbing his second of the evening as Lazio proceeded to cruelly hit Stuttgart on the break, which ended in the hitman coolly dispatching the finish past Sven Ulreich.

A string of snapshots ensued as the visitors looked for a way back into the tie, but to no avail, with Raphael Holzhauser and Hungarian midfielder Hajnal firing the best of die Roten's attempts wide of the target.

But on the hour mark, Stuttgart were presented a route back into the match when Hajnal took control of the ball on the edge of the box and slotted home to decrease his side's deficit.

Lazio, happy to take their foot off the gas and adopt a counterattacking game while Stuttgart desperately stepped up their efforts, did come close through Antonio Candreva on multiple occasions.

Bruno Labbadia's charges showed intent to salvage yet more pride with the minutes ticking away, and both Shinji Okazaki and Vedad Ibisevic could count themselves unlucky as Federico Marchetti stayed on his toes.

Unfortunately for the Germans, Kozak had not quite finished his work for the evening, as he completed his hat-trick with just three minutes of time remaining to send Lazio marching into the quarter-finals.


Lazio

22
Federico Marchetti
Goalkeeper
43′
3.00
2
Michael Ciani
Defender
3.00
20
Giuseppe Biava
Defender
82′
3.00
26
Stefan Radu
Defender
6′
3.50
6
Stefano Mauri
Midfielder
65′
3.50
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
8′ 74′
2.50
17
Bruno Pereirinha
Midfielder
3.00
19
Senad Lulic
Midfielder
3.50
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
3.00
87
Antonio Candreva
Midfielder
87′
3.50
27
Libor Kozák
Striker
6′ 8′ 87′
5.00

VfB Stuttgart

2.00
1
Sven Ulreich
Goalkeeper
2.00
2
2.00
5
2.50
6
2.50
3
2.50
20
2.50
8
3.00
30
Tamas Hajnal
Midfielder
16′ 62′ 74′
2.00
23
3.00
9
2.00
27

Substitutes

53
3.00
10
Ederson
Midfielder
74′
3.00
15
 - 
24
3.00
-
Danilo Cataldi
Midfielder
 - 
99
 - 
4
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
23
Marc Ziegler
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
 - 
2
 - 
24
 - 
6
3.50
16
 - 
7

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0