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  25/10/2013: Europa League Match Report: Apollon Limasson - Lazio 0-0
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With 200 ranking positions differing between the two sides, Lazio stepped into the game as clear favourites. Despite the poor domestic form of the Italians and the bright one of the Cypriots the bookies saw the path as open for Petkovic's men to grab the three. In the end the pot was split and the group continues to live for at least a few more weeks.

Lazio fielded a more experience defensive unit, with some youth supposed to add energy and an element of surprise. Radu returned from injury and added security to the left, Novaretti started next to Cana and Cavanda got yet another start. Ledesma, Hernanes, Gonzalez and Ederson were accompanied by Keita, while Floccari was employed at the top.

The possession as well as the chances fell to Lazio through the game and Marchetti had very little to do in the 90 minutes. Hernanes' shot, deflected inches wide, was the closest Lazio came in this game though, despite the numerous occasions that Lazio should have opened the scoring. The very clear chances went missing again though and just as against Atalanta and Fiorentina Petkovic spoke of the lack of luck as the key to the failure of grabbing all points.

Things are drying up for the Bosnian though, with a suppossed final chance of showing his worth coming up on Sunday. Many are displeased with the players effort to win games and Hernanes amongst others has been targetted with heavy criticism. There is a great feeling of discontent in and outside the team and therefore the tactician takes much of the blame. Apart from the lack of ideas and tactical skills though, the players have simply not been good enough. The fact a far from brilliant Keita is chosen man of the match and Novaretti the best defensive player on the pitch shows that the more experienced players have to step up and take more responsibility to get Lazio back to winning.

Elsewhere in the group Trabzonspor overcame Legia Warsaw with ease and are now topping the league on seven points. Lazio trail by two and just behind the duo Apollon Limassol are continuing to hope for an upset. The second half of the group stage now remain and when the side from Cyprus comes to Rome it will be with much of that second qualifying spot on the line. Will Petkovic have managed to turn things around by then? The Lazio faithful will have to keep the mood high and the spirit up and hope for a run of games with luck, as Petkovic would have put it.

Lineups:
Apollon: Vale, Gullon, Roberto, Sangoy, Meriem, Merkis, Papoulis, Stylianou, Karipidis, Hamdani,Vasiliou.
 Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Cana, Novaretti, Radu, Ledesma, Gonzalez (87' Onazi), Hernanes, Ederson, Keita (81' Anderson), Floccari (70' Perea).
Author: Khashayar Kashefi
 
 
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