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  28/02/2014: Review: Ludogorets - Lazio
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Ludogorets (4-2-3-1): Stoyanov; Caixara, Mantyla (Quixada 85'), Moti, Minev; Zlatinski, Espinho; Misidjan, Marcelinho (Platini 77'), Alexandrov (Lumu 56'), Bezjak

Lazio (4-3-2-1): Marchetti; Konko, Ciani, Biava, Radu; Ledesma, Biglia, Onazi; Candreva (Lulic 64'), Keita (Gonzalez 84'), Perea (Klose 71')

Scoring three away goals and not progressing in the tournament. That has to hurt. 

Lazio showed that the team is in Sofia to win the game and progress into the next phase of the Europa League. A good start was Keita's early goal just after twenty seconds of play. 

The first half was all about Lazio and the team should be unhappy that half time came with a scoreline 0-1. The second half started good for Reja's boys and Perea made it 0-2 and that is where everything good finished. 

The 68-year old coach decided that 0-2 is enough and brought the team back a couple of meters and of course Lazio's flimsy defense made mistakes and Ludogorets scored one and then another goal which brought everything back to stage one when Lazio had to search for a goal so that the team can keep it's European hopes alive. 

Somehow it happened and the golden sub Miroslav Klose scored what looked like to be a winner for Lazio but Ludogorets didn't think so and managed to come back in the game for the second time to win the game on aggregate and to go on into the Last 16 of the Europa League. 

Watching the game from the stands was something new for me and I managed to see things I couldn't in front of the TV. Lucas Biglia was all over the place - running, winning balls, fighting with all his energy and power in the midfield and giving some great passes towards Candreva, Keita and Perea. 

There is a reason why this player is an international player for a huge country full of talents like Argentina. He can and will be Lazio's new leader. 

Do I have to speak about the defense? We all know what Lazio's main problems are and we saw them once again in Sofia. 

Now it is time to concentrate on Serie A. Will Reja start giving more chances to the young guns who once again showed that they deserve it? Will some player finally be benched just to know that they aren't godlike and that Lazio is the team and they play for the blue-white colors and not the other way around? We will see. 
Author: Martin Meranzov
 
 
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