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UEFA Europa League

  • February 23, 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 30000

Atlético Madrid win Aggregate 4 - 1

Atletico Madrid - Lazio Preview: Diego Simeone's men can seal a place in the last 16 after their convincing victory in Rome last week

Atletico Madrid - Lazio Preview: Diego Simeone's men can seal a place in the last 16 after their convincing victory in Rome last week

Getty Images previews the action as the Italian side look to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Spanish capital, although they will have their work cut out against an in-form Atleti



Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Suarez, Gabi
Arda, Adrian, Koke


Zauri, Ledesma, Dias
Gonzales, Matuzalem, Candreva, Lulic
Kozak, Rozzi

Diego Simeone will be without the services of his Brazilian namesake, who has been ruled out for a month. However, the return of Arda Turan could prove timely to the Argentine, with the Turkish midfielder set to provide some creativity in the former Juventus man's absence.

Elsewhere, Atletico can name an unchanged team from the one that faced Sporting Gijon over weekend with Sergio Asenjo will miss the games for family reasons, and Antonio Lopez a prolonged absentee.

Lazio will be without a host of players for the trip to Madrid. Miroslav Klose is out with a back problem, while Tomasso Rocchi, Cristian Brocchi, Lorik Cana, Giuseppe Biava and Marius Stankevicius remain injured. The dearth of strikers could hand a start to 17-year-old Antonio Rozzi, who has made inroads into the first-team in recent weeks.

  • Atletico manager Diego Simeone represented the Italian side between 1999 and 2003.
  • The Spanish side have won their last five home matches in European competition; meanwhile Lazio have failed to win in their last three away games.
  • Arda Turan and Lorik Cana will be well-acquainted as were team-mates at Galatasaray last season.
  • Spain has not been a happy hunting ground for Lazio - they have won just once in the Iberian nation.
  • However, the Italians will have happy memories of facing a Spanish club - they beat Real Mallorca in the 1999 Uefa Cup final.
  • The Roman club have never won the competition in its current guise, but they did win the Cup Winners' Cup in 1999, following the victory up with Super Cup glory three months later.

Players to watch

R. Falcao

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Radamel Falcao clearly has a love affair with the Europa League - he scored a stunning 17 goals as Porto won the trophy last year, including the winning goal in the final. With Diego Simeone having reinvigorated Atletico, the Spanish side will fancy their chances of winning back the trophy they won in 2010, and the 26-year-old will be key to their chances of doing so.

A. Rozzi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With legions of attacking talent missing through injury, opportunity knocks for Antonio Rozzi. At the tender age of 17, the Italian can make himself an instant hero for Lazio fans by firing them into the next round, and overturning the unlikeliest of deficits in Madrid.

Editor's Prediction

With the unrest surrounding Edy Reja's future, the string of missing players and the dominant nature of Atletico's victory last week, it's difficult to foresee a Lazio victory here. The Spaniards will be full of confidence following the result in Rome and I'd back them to ease to victory here and secure their place in the next round.

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