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  15/02/2013: Match Report Europa League: B Monchengladbach 3-3 Lazio (1-0)
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Lazio earned themselves a draw in Germany and 3 valuable away goals to take to Rome in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. Despite giving away 3 penalties Lazio fought back before Libor Kozak's 93rd minute equaliser gave the biancoceleste the result they deserved.

It was a bitter cold night in Germany with snow on the field. Lazio were without Klose, Mauri and Brocchi but saw Ederson return to the bench.

Both sides had early chances but it was Monchengladbach who took the lead from the spot. Dias mistimed his challenge on Hermann and Stranzl made no mistake from the spot.

Lazio tried to get back on level terms and nearly equalised, first through Candreva and then a Floccari header which was tipped wide by the German keeper. Monchengladbach hit the post and a Hernanes screamer was deflected inched wide.

Petkovic changed things for the second and replaced Ledesma, who had a poor first half, with Libor Kozak. Lazio looked immediately more dangerous. Within 10 minutes of the restart Lazio had equalised. Candreva sent a wonderful cross into the box which was met by a spectacular Floccari volley.

Lazio were pouring forward and scored almost a carbon copy from the opposite side. Good work from Lulic and a great run from Kozak saw the Czech connect to the cross with a volley for 2-1.

It was all Lazio now, however the Germans had an opportunity to get back into the game with another penalty. Dias was shown his second yellow for holding but Marchetti guessed correctly and saved Stranzl's penalty while Lulic cleared the rebound.

Incredibly Borussia were awarded a third penalty, this time a similar incident but with Cana as the culprit. Marx took the penalty this time sending Marchetti the wrong way. Another soft decision by the referee gave the Germans a dangerous freekick which Arango converted past Marchetti who saw it late to give the home side a 3-2 lead.

Lazio fought on and got the equaliser they desrved in the 93rd minute. Good work from Hernanes saw him find space and fire a cross into the box which was met by the head of Libor Kozak. Lazio were level and took 3 important away goals back to Rome.

Author: Giannino Capaldi
 
 
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