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UEFA Europa League
April 11, 2013
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: P. Kralovec
• Attendance: 490
S. Lulić 60'
Fenerbahçe win Aggregate 3 - 1
C. Erkin 73'
Anyway, that's it from me - Ben McAleer - I hope you've enjoyed Goal.com's coverage of this Europa League tie. You have yourselves a good evening now, you hear?
And that's it here in Rome as Fenerbahce secure their place in the final four of the Europa League. Lulic had given Lazio hope, but Erkin's second half strike saw the Turkish side into the next stage. They'll be joined by Benfica, while Basel and Spurs looks set to go to extra time.
90' + 4'
One last chance for the hosts as a free kick is won around 25 yards from goal. Candreva stands over, but Derimel palms away from danger.
90' + 3'
Ledesma has a crack from goal on the half volley from the edge of the 18 yard box, but it drifts over for the Fenerbahce goal kick.
90' + 1'
There are to be three minutes of added time here at the Stadio Olimpico.
Credit to Lazio, they're continuing to probe the Fenerbahce backline as they look to exit the competition with some pride.
It's all gone very scrappy now as we enter the final five minutes of the encounter. Lazio are pressing still, but Fenerbahce are holding on well. Candreva broke down the right excellently, but his cross was poor. That has all but summed up Lazio's night.
If you support Spurs, Dempsey has made it 2-2 in Switzerland. As it stands, it'll be extra time between the Premier League side and Basel.
CHANCE! Demirel tips Cana's header over the bar superbly.
Pierre Achille Webo
CHANCE! Lulic picks out Klose at the back post with a header to win his side a corner.
CHANCE! Morale clearly high in the Fener camp as Ucan goes for goal from distance, only to fire wide.
CHANCE! The confidence looks sapped from the Lazio side and it's evident as Webo is picked out in acres of space in the 18 yard box, but fires his volley wide.
Radu comes ever so close to netting an early goal for Lazio as he fires his effort just wide of the Fenerbahce post.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! And that is surely the tie over here. Webo holds up the ball expertly in the Lazio 18 yard box before playing across to Erkin. he shepherds onto his left foot before smashing past Marchetti to level the scores and make it 3-1 on aggregate to Fenerbahce.
AssistPierre Achille Webo
Yellow CardMiroslav Klose
Newcastle fan? Cisse has put you 1-0 up on the night, but remain 3-2 down on aggregate to Benfica.
Lulic puts in a high ball from the left and it's Ederson that looks to attack his cross, but Demirel can easily gather.
Ziegler finally pushes forward from the halfway line and crosses from the byline, but can only see his ball drift into the hands of Marchetti.
A good spell of possession by Fenerbahce breaks down as they look to force the issue and net a goal that would take them through to the last four. They're still going through at this point in time, but run the risk of allowing Lazio back into this.
Gonul presses forward on the right and has just Kuyt and Webo in the box. His cross his poor, however, and Lazio can clear.
Kozak wins his side a corner as the hosts press for a second. They've deserved the goal, but still need a second between now and full time.
Yellow CardSenad Lulic
The goal has certainly sprung Fenerbahce into life. They're now pressed higher up the pitch to press the hosts closer to the halfway line.
Yellow CardCaner Erkin
Game on now here at the Stadio Olimpico. That goal's been coming and Lazio have a chance now to progress to the semi final.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! We have the first goal of the night! Candreva has looked dangerous on the right and he picks out Lulic at the back post to power his header past Demirel. A chance now for Lazio.
Demirel gets lucky again, this time he fumbles a Radu effort from distance. Kozak looks to capitalise on the rebound, but some good work from Yobo sees the Fenerbahce goalkeeper gather the ball.
With Klose on the pitch, Petkovic is going for it now having taken Biava off. You can't blame him, Lazio need a goal sooner rather than later to stand a chance of progressing to the next stage.
Cana falls on the ball following some pressure by Cristian and it's a Fenerbahce corner. Erkin delivers, but Lazio can clear for a second corner.
Kozak looks frustrated following a disappointing cross from Candreva. The latter has done well at the beginning of this half, but that ball was very poor.
A very good run by Candreva on the right wins his side a throw deep in the Fenerbahce half. The Lazio man has evidently been asked to attack Ziegler following his first half booking.
Fenerbahce's first attack of the half breaks down as Erkin picks out none of his teammates following a cross from the left.
Lazio have started the second half very brightly and have been camped in the Fenerbahce half since kick off, but each and ever attack is being turned away by Yobo.
Spurs fans, you won't be happy to hear that Basel have moved 2-1 up in Switzerland. Like Lazio, the Premier League side have 40 minutes to save their European campaign.
CHANCE! Ederson does well to put the ball to the right to Candreva. He puts in a superb ball to the penalty spot and Kozak rises highest to meet his cross, only to head over the Fenerbahce bar.
Ledesma puts in a teasing ball to the back post for Kozak as Demirel looks to punch clear, but completely misses the ball. The Fenerbahce 'keeper has been erratic so far and has continued the half in the same vein.
Lazio now have 45 minutes to save their Europa League campaign as Fenerbahce get us back underway.
The second half is just moments away. Do you think Lazio can come back into this? Or will Fenerbahce hold on? You can leave your predictions with me on Twitter @BenMcAleer1.
And that is the last bit of action of the half as the referee calls for half time. It's Lazio 0 Fenerbahce 0 as the two teams head into the changing rooms. At present, the Turkish side are heading into the semi final after a resolute 45 minute display. The hosts need to make some changes to really drag themselves back into this and we could be about to see the introduction of Klose from the bench.
45' + 2'
Last chance of the half is a Lazio corner, Fenerbahce can clear.
45' + 1'
Meanwhile, there is to be two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
Yellow CardLibor Kozák
CHANCE! Hernanes finds some space to go for goal and he fires his effort to bounce just in front of Derimel. The Fenebahce goalkeeper spills as Kozak closes in. The Turkish shotstopper is there first, however, to deny the Lazio man.
Approaching the interval and it's been very, very close so far. Lazio have been the better of the two sides, but they've been met by a strict and disciplined Fenerbahce defence.
Hernanes paces across the 18 yard box and goes for goal, but his effort lacks the power needed to be Demirel and the Fenerbahce 'keeper easily holds.
CHANCE! I say that and Ederson finally pulls out a very good shot. Some excellent work by Lazio around the Fenerbahce half and the ball finds its way to the striker, who fires his low effort to the far post. His shot, however, is met by Demirel who clears for a corner.
Lazio are beginning to improve as the half wears on and all the attacking pressure is being exerted by the hosts. However, with just five minutes remaining, it comes particularly late in half. Yet, if they can nick a goal before the interval, it's most certainly game on.
A Lazio corner and Hernanes' delivery is aimed towards the penalty spot. Ciani, who had been down with an injury, is the target, but his contact is poor and the danger disintegrates.
Danger man Candreva fires for goal from around 35 yards and sees his effort drift over. The killer touch has been lacking for Lazio thus far and Demirel and co. will be happy if they can restrict the Italian side to pop shots from distance.
Some excellent work from Kozak as he bundles his way past Yobo. However, the Nigerian recovers well to deny the Lazio striker and the ball goes for a corner. Some excellent defending there.
The ball remains in Fenerbahce territory as Hernanes is played in with space. His effort is better, but having gone for precision, the Brazilian curls his effort well wide.
Yellow CardCristian Baroni
Lazio now have a free kick in a very dangerous location. Hernanes stands over the ball, but his effort is very, very poor and Fenerbahce can clear.
Fenerbahce have a three-on-two situation as Webo drives forward. He misses his chances to pass to the unmarked Kuyt, however, and the attack breaks down.
Yellow CardReto Ziegler
As things stand, they'll be joined by Fenerbahce. The Turkish side are doing well to frustrate Lazio so far and their two goal advantage stands them in good stead.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland Basel have equalised and it's 3-3 on aggregate there. The Swiss side, as it stands, going through on away goals.
Hernanes pushes forward this time and takes aim from the edge of the box. His effort has the power, but is met by Yobo who clears with relative ease.
CHANCE! The first decent move of the game as Candreva is picked out expertly by Lulic. The former steps into the latter's perfectly weighted cross, only to see his volley drift over the bar. He connected well, but it was always going over.
Fenerbahce defend a Lazio corner with relative ease. The ball ends up at the feet of Hernanes around the halfway line. He cuts in for Biava to launch to the backpost, but his cross is met only by Demirel as the defender looked to pick out Ciani.
If you're a Spurs fan, you'll be happy - Clint Dempsey has just put you 1-0 in Switzerland.
Webo any Kuyt exchange passes as the latter releases the former, but his cross towards the penalty spot is very poor and drifts behind for a goal kick.
It's all very sloppy at the back for Lazio again. Another throw in conceded in a dangerous position after some good defender by Ciani.
CHANCE! A Fenerbahce attack, with both Webo and Ziegler involved, breaks down as the ball falls back to Meireles. He chests down, only to see his volley drift aimlessly wide or Marchetti's goal. No danger for the Italian with that effort.
Meireles gets away lightly after a very rash challenge on Kozak. Lazio, I dare say, were hoping for a free kick, but play was waved on with the hosts in possession.
CHANCE! The hosts break forward in numbers as Candreva and Ederson link up once again. The former picks out the latter in space on the edge of the 18 yard box before a poorly timed effort that trickles well wide of the Fenerbahce goal.
Oooo that's got to hurt! Biava blocks an Erkin thunderbolt from distance. That's sure to leave a mark on the defender.
A Lazio set piece and it's well worked by the hosts as Hernanes picks up the ball at a tight angle. His decision making is very poor, however, as he goes for goal rather than drive across the six yard box, much to the dismay of his teammates.
You get the feeling every minute that passes, Lazio will become that much more shaky. They need to score early on to settle some nerves and force a way back into the tie.
Hernanes' free kick from distance comes close to catching Demirel out, but the Fenerbahce 'keeper gets away with it after almost fumbling the ball over the line. With Kozak closing in, he gathers dives on the ball as the danger is averted.
Lazio press forward this time through Hernanes. Not the brightest start from the Brazilian, but he glides through the Fenerbahce midfield before going for goal himself. However, his effort strikes the back of Kozak and rolls out for a goal kick for the visitors.
A Fenerbahce free kick is won around 30 yards out. Cristian and Erkin stand over the ball and it's the former who lines up his strike, only to see his effort hit the formidable Lazio wall.
In the distance, you can hear a group of Lazio fans chanting and cheering after a screen was erected for the fans to watch on. They're being silenced by the Fenerbahce faithful, however.
After a shaky start, Lazio look to have finally gained a foothold in this. They're beginning to really attack the Fenerbahce goal, with Ederson in particular proving a handful in the early exchanges.
A lovely turn around 30 yards from Ederson as Lazio look to up the ante. He brings the ball forward a few steps before smashing for goal, but he gets his angles completely wrong a drives his effort well wide.
Cristian's delivery is very good and finds Webo, who misses the ball by the skin of his teeth as he looks to head towards goal.
It's all very sloppy from both sides this evening as Ciani concedes a corner as he looks to play back to Marchetti.
CHANCE! First of the half falls to Candreva. Cristian plays a very sloppy backpass and the Lazio midfielder picks up the ball, cuts onto his right and fires a shot straight at Demirel to hold easily.
Fenerbahce force a corner, but Erkin's ball into the box is only met by Ciani, who hoofs clear from danger.
Very sloppy defending from the hosts tonight gives Fenerbahce the chance to attack the Lazio goal as the concede a throw in deep in the Italian's half.
Lazio looking to get the ball rolling early, but a crossfield ball from Radu drifts over the head of Ederson and out for a throw in.
It's Lazio to get us underway, and we're off!
I say an empty Stadio Olimpico, there are a small number of Fenerbahce fans and they're making themselves heard tonight.
Anyway, the two teams are on the pitch, the Europa League anthem is blaring out in an empty Stadio Olimpico and we're a couple of minutes from kick off.
Tonight's winner will be joining Chelsea in the final four of the Europa League, after the Premier League side scraped past Rubin Kazan in Russia earlier this evening.
We're a little over five minutes until kick off at the Stadio Olimpico, where 100 resilient Fenerbahce fans have defied the stadium ban and are occupying the away end for the encounter. Have a prediction? Send them my way on Twitter - @BenMcAleer1
And occupying the Fenerbahce bench from kick off: Gunok, Kaldirim, Irtegun, Topal, Krasic, Topuz, Ucan
The Lazio subs for tonight are: Bizzarri, Crecco, Klose, Gonzalez, Rozzi, Cataldi, Floccari
Meanwhile, the starting XI for visitors Fenerbahce: Demirel, Gonul, Yobo, Korkmaz, Ziegler, Sahin, Meireles, Kuyt, Cristian, Erkin, Webo
For hosts Lazio: Marchetti, Ciani, Cana, Biava, Radu, Ledesma, Candreva, Ederson, Hernanes, Lulic, Kozak
Good evening all and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Lazio - Fenerbahce. I'm Ben McAleer and I'll be the man to guide through tonight's Europa League action. The teams are in and I shall deliver them your way shortly.
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