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  23/11/2012: Match Report: Lazio 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
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Marchetti; Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu; Ledesma; Mauri, Gonzalez, Hernanes (69’ Ederson), Lulic (79´Candreva); Kozak (79’ Floccari). 

Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Sigurdsson (64’ Lennon), Sandro, Carroll (76’ Dembele), Bale; Adebayor, Dempsey (64’ Defoe).

Lazio are through to the knock out phase of the Europa League after yet another 0-0 draw against Tottenham. If it was the Lillywhites that were closest to win when the two teams locked horns in the first game, it was Lazio that deserved to grab all three points today. The moment of this evening was not any of the plays on the pitch though, but rather the return of a legend; Paul Gascoigne was greeted like the club icon and symbol he is under the curva before kickoff. 

Tottenham was close to opening the scoring early on in the first half. Bale thought he had beaten both Cavanda and Marchetti, only to be narrowly on the wrong side of the back line and called offside after only five minutes. 

After this it was mostly about Lazio. Just before the 20’ mark Kozak was served inside the area but failed to convert, while Ledesma fired a shot that Lloris barely managed to tip out via the crossbar. 

Seven minutes later Cavanda set up Kozak, who again missed when one on one with Lloris. And the Kozak misses would continue. 

At 33’ and 40’ Kozak should have opened the scoring at least twice more, but the leading goal scorer for Lazio in the Europa League did have yet another of his weak displays. 

Lazio held up their game well and dominated Tottenham through the half, which was also the case in the second, but never managed to convert any of the chances. 

At 57’ and 62’ Kozak was give the chance to redeem himself as Mauri found the tall forward in good positions, but amazingly enough the missed chances continued. Lazio continued to attack through the half, but the clear cut chances get fewer and fewer as the half went on. 

In the end Ciani could have gotten his first ever goal for Lazio to his name, but his well taken header on a corner was miraculously saved by Lloris’ quick reflex along the ground.

The news that Panathinaikos had taken the lead against Maribor at home reached the players on the pitch, meaning Lazio would be through to the next round with a draw in tonight’s game. The Biancocelesti are not guaranteed first place though, as Tottenham and Panathinaikos will be going head to head to decide who the second team to get through will be. Maribor is out of the tournament, leaving Lazio with a good opportunity to travel back from Slovenia with three points and first place in Group J.  
Author: Khashayar Kashefi
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