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Last week’s match between PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and S. S Lazio saw Slovakian national Roman Bezjak claim a 1-0 win over Lazio.
The first leg swung quite to & fro, but during an enthralling 2nd leg, Lazio took the upper hand in eighteen seconds as Brayan Perea put Lazio ahead. The hosts got even through Hristo Zlatinski and Roman Bezjak as Miroslav Klose seemed to see Lazio through till Quixada’s delayed intervention. Lodogorets gave just 2 goals during the group phase while Vladislav Stoyanov, the goalkeeper was outstanding at Stadio Olimpico. Nevertheless he was immediately defeated back to Razgrad.
The hosts kick started the game pretty well, but almost immediately, gave the match away while Balde broke the left down prior to bagging the 2nd fastest goal in the brief history of Europa league.
The first half was quite eventful post which Balde was caught offside, which was the 3rd caution before the half time. Following Balde team mates Bezjak and Konko were cautioned as well.
Just a little earlier than half time, Cosmin Moti followed for fouling Keita Balde. Again in the second half Lazio struck pretty early although not as dramatically like the first half. Unlike the first half they had to linger eight whole minutes before the breakaway was broken as Perea held on to Onazi’s pass and ended with style.
There was no pause form Lazio at the initial stage of the 2nd leg with Antonio Candreva curling over post combining with Lucas Biglia. Nevertheless the 2nd goal they were worried about, soon came as Onazi sensibly weighted pass Perea, and he easily played past Stoyanov.
The champions from Bulgaria responded spiritedly while Bezjak cut down the deficit time, post putting off the woodwork. Espinho dissected the back line of Lazio as the stiker hit the ball via deflection the top corner.
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Lazio have made a list of players that include Ac.Milan’s Alessandro Matri, Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella and Atalanta’s German Denis. There also are reports claiming that Lazio will be willing to offer Sergio Floccari in exchange of the player of Atalanta.
Floccari might make a move to a different club however as Bologna have entered the race on signing the 32 years old forward. According to Sky Sports, Bologna has already made an offer of around €800,000 for the former player of Genoa but Lazio are asking for at least €3 million in order to even consider selling their player.
Georgios Samaras is another player linked with Lazio. The Greek footballer is out of contract at the end of the current season and still has not made plans with Celtic on extending his stay with the club.
“Samaras is a footballer I really like personally, We were previously interested in him four years ago if I remember correctly, but nothing happened. Next week we will sit down with our manager Vladimir Petkovic to determine our movements in the transfer market.” The sporting director of Lazio, Igor Tare spoke concerning the reports linking Lazio with Samaras.
While Samaras could be seeing his way into Lazio, Miroslav Klose is likely to be nearing the last few months of his career at the Italian club. The German forward has a contract that expires in the summer and he has already been told that an extension will not be offered which has taken an interest on the Premier League side club Aston Villa who are believed to be interested in signing Klose.
When Klose was asked about his future he said: “I’ll have to assess where and for how long I can play. It is an important decision, to be discussed together with my family’’.
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Fredy Montero is on the spotlight of Lazio as the 26 years old Colombian striker is playing on loan from the Seattle Sounders and made a sensational debut with Sporting Lisbon by scoring a hat-trick.
Antonio Candreva, Hernanes and Ederson are some of Lazio’s top goal-scorers this season and taking into consideration that all of them are midfielders it is becoming clear why they are searching for a forward option that take off the pressure away from the center of the field of Lazio’s players.
Lazio however would have to wait until the summer transfer window in order to make a proper and official offer for the Colombian forward as he cannot be sold in January due to registration issues.
Montero is the all-time leading scorer for the Seattle Sounders with sixty goals and forty three assists across all competitions. He also scored 9 goals in 9 appearances for the Primeira Liga club in this season and all of these factors have attracted the attention of not only Lazio but also Roma as they have also shown interest in adding the player to their squad.
Another player on the watch list for Lazio is John Guidetti’s Manchester City who is currently playing Feyenoord after signing a loan deal with the Dutch club since 2011.
Even though Guidetti is making a number of impressive performances in Feyenoord it is not certain if a contract extension will be made and this gives the chance for Lazio to make a move.
Manchester City have a large amount of attacking players at their availability and some of those are: Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic which means that the English side could be interested in allowing Guidetti move to another club on another loan deal or maybe even release with on a permanent deal away from the squad of Manuel Pellegrini.