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  19/09/2013: Match Report Europa League: Lazio - Legia Warsaw 1-0
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Line-up Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Cana, Ciani, Konko, Gonzalez, Onazi, Hernanes, Ederson, Floccari, Keita.

With the first Derby of the season on Sunday and all the focus there it was with certain worries that Petovic selected his eleven to face Legia Warsaw tonight. The Poles had come to grab all three points according to the coach, but were forced to travel home with none.

The first half was a boring one where not many chances were created. It was clear that the Lazio players were not used to the formation nor playing together and it took 45 minutes to find something called a flow. The best chance of the half fell to the visitors, but Marchetti showed he is a world class keeper as he stopped Legia from opening the scoring despite being left one on one with the Italian custodian. 

In the second half things did look slightly better and within ten minutes Lazio had opened the scoring through Hernanes. The Brazilian has sat the Chievo game out due to suspension and looked energetic tonight. Keita got his first ever start for the senior team and it was him who found Hernanes with a cross from the left and Hernanes easily headed home the lone goal of the game. 
The Brazilian international was close to doubling the score line shortly after but the shot beat the goalkeeper, only to be denied by the post. Lazio did cruise to victory though and this with a lot of energy spared for the Sunday Derby.

Overall it was the defence who took the chance of showing some stability this evening. One cannot compare the Italian league with the Europa League, but as the defenders have looked extremely shaky recenty the worries have been many. Tonight the back looked slightly more organised - was it the starting four for the Derby that we saw tonight?

The most noteable aspect of the game was the way the Polish fans outsang the home crowd this evening. It is not very often Curva Nord shows up in so few numbers and perform so poorly, but this night belonged to the visitors. On the pitch Lazio walked off victorious, but in the stands the Polish side won through a humiliating knockout.
Author: Khashayar Kashefi
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