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November 8, 2013 1:35 AM IST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ B. Madden‎
Attendance:‬ 6498‎
 

Lazio 2-1 Apollon Limassol: Floccari double seals vital win for Biancocelesti

Two first-half goals saw the 31-year-old continue his excellent record in this season's Europa League despite a spirited display from the Cypriots

By Joe Wright

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Sergio Floccari took his tally to four goals in as many Europa League games as Lazio made hard work of a 2-1 win over Apollon Limassol on Thursday.

The striker scored twice in the opening 37 minutes before Fotis Papoulis pulled a goal back for the Cypriot outfit.

Lazio, who were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw in Limassol in the previous clash, started the stronger in Rome and came close through Floccari and Balde Keita in the opening exchanges.

It was the attacking duo who combined to break the deadlock on 14 minutes, as Keita jinxed his was through a series of challenges before squaring for Floccari to finish from close range.

Lazio continued to pile on the pressure and Floccari had his second from a Keita cross shortly before the break, as the Italian headed home the 18-year-old's corner for his fourth in this season's competition.

However, the visitors stunned Stadio Olimpico just two minutes later, as Papoulis struck a fierce effort from the edge of the area past Etrit Berisha.

Lazio controlled the majority of the second half without being able to kind a killer third goal, and Papoulis almost made them pay in the final 20 minutes as he latched on to a hopeful long ball, but Berisha smartly denied him.

Apollon continued to threaten in the closing stages but Lazio held on for a vital three points, moving them four clear of the Cypriots in Group J with just two games to play.


Lazio

1
Etrit Berisha
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Michael Ciani
Defender
63′
3.00
29
Abdoulay Konko
Defender
68′
3.00
39
Luis Cavanda
Defender
2.50
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
3.00
10
Ederson
Midfielder
14′ 77′
2.50
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
3.00
27
Lorik Cana
Midfielder
2.00
87
Antonio Candreva
Midfielder
2.50
14
3.50
99
4.00

Apollon Limassol

2.50
83
Bruno Vale
Goalkeeper
2.50
16
3.00
-
2.50
-
Marcos Gullón
Midfielder
47′ 86′
3.00
14
Camel Meriem
Midfielder
2.50
28
3.00
56
Rachid Hamdani
Midfielder
3.00
88
3.00
9
Roberto
Striker
3.50
10
Sangoy
Striker
39′
3.50
26

Substitutes

22
 - 
85
2.50
15
 - 
24
 - 
4
 - 
11
 - 
34
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
22
Isli Hidi
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
21
Catalá
Defender
 - 
27
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

-
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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In IST
 
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
C. Bacca C. Bacca
Striker
Sevilla
7 0