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for live text commentary of the Europa League
match between Lazio
and Ludogorets Razgrad
at the Stadio Olimpico.
Berisha, Ciani, Cana, Radu, Cavanda, Onazi, Biglia, Lulic, Felipe Anderson
LAZIO SUBS: Marchetti; Novaretti, Ledesma, Gonzalez, Candreva, Kakuta, Perea
LUDOGORETS XI: Stoyanov, Junior Caicara, Mantyla, Moti, Minev, Dyakov, Zlatinski, Aleksandrov, Marcelinho, Misidjan, Bezjak
LUDOGORETS SUBS: Cvorovic, Barthe, Choco, Fabio Espinho, Juninho Quixada, Dani Abalo, Lumu
KICKOFF! We are underway at the Stadio Olimpico!
We haven't had much in the way of any goalscoring chances so far, but it has been positive start by the visitors who have seen plenty of the ball.
The first strike on goal comes from Zlatinski, who picks up the ball 25 yards out from goal, before lashing an effort wide of the post.
PENALTY TO LUDOGORETS! The visitors are awarded a penalty as a cross from the right hits Cani on the hand inside the box. It was a harsh call, but it is a great chance for them to take the lead.
MISSED PENALTY! Unbelievable! Dyakov steps up to take it and chips the ball down the middle, but Berisha stands tall to make a comfortable save. His manager will be furious with him, as that was a shocking penalty!
Keita Balde shows great skill to get the byline after a powerful run down the left wing, before seeing his low cross cut out at the front post before Klose can latch onto it.
Onzai brings down Vura with a tough challenge and is lucky not to get a booking. he receives a talking to by the referee, and I would expect that is his final warning before a card is given.
Lazio have really struggled to get started in this match and are yet to trouble Stoyanov in the opposition goal, with Klose looking a very stranded figure up front at the moment.
Felipe Anderson shows good control to take a long ball down just inside the box, but he gets his strike on goal all wrong, and fires well wide of the far post.
The hosts are seeing a lot more the ball now, but are still finding it hard to get in behind the Ludogorets backline.
The visitors almost come close to fashioning a chance as the ball is whipped in dangerously from the right, but Berisha comes out and punches it clear.
CHANCE! Lazio have a good opportunity as Keita breaks free down the left wing, before getting to the byline and finding Klose in the middle. The ball is slightly behind the striker so he tries to backhell an effort past the keeper, but can't get enough power to direct it goalwards.
Zlatinski looks like he is going to shoot every time space opens up for him outside the box, but so far his efforts have been poor and his latest strike is scuffed wide of the post.
OFF THE BAR! Ludogorets are inches away from taking the lead as Marcelinho picks the ball up 25 yards out from goal and powers in a fierce effort that comes crashing off the crossbar. It was a stunning strike and he is desperately unlucky not to find the back of the net.
YELLOW CARD! Dyakov is booked for the visitors after bringing Lulic down just outside the box.
SAVE! Biglia curls in the free kick looking for the top left hand corner, but Stoyanov does well to make the save and hold onto the ball.
YELLOW CARD! Cana is booked for the home side after catching Aleksandrov, as the two players challenged for a header.
CHANCE! Ludogorets have a sight of goal as Aleksandrov latches onto a pullback just outside the box and drills in a swerving effort that heads just wide of the post.
GOAL! Lazio 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad (Bezjak)
The visitors have taken the lead with a stunning strike from Bezjak. He picked up the ball on the left and cut inside, before unleashing a fierce effort from 25 yards out that left Berisha with no chance.
HALF-TIME: Lazio 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
The first half comes to an end with Ludogorets Razgrad ahead against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpcio. A wonderful finish from Roman Bezjak
has given his side a vital away goal and they fully deserve it.
Aside from the goal, the key talking point early on in the half was Svetoslav Dyakov
's awful penalty. He tried to chip it down the middle, and was made to look a fool with the keeper simply standing tall and making an easy save.
Both teams have enjoyed 50% of the possession so far. Ludogorets have had more shots on goal with seven attempts to Lazio's four strikes. The visitors could easily be two or three goals up, on what has been a disappointing evening for the Biancocelesti.
There are a few players who could make the difference for the home side this evening, with the likes of Cristian Ledesma
, Antonio Candreva
and Gael Kakuta
all on the bench. They need something special to get back into the match, as they have not looked like scoring so far.
Both teams are back out on the pitch and we are moments away from play resuming.
Lazio kick off and get the second half started.
PENALTY TO LAZIO! The home side have been awarded a spot kick four minutes into the second half, as Felipe Anderson wriggles his way into the box, before being brought down.
MISSED PENALTY! Incredibly we have had a second penalty missed this evening! Anderson steps up and looks to place his effort into the bottom left hand corner, but Stoyanov brilliantly gets down to push his effort away.
RED CARD! The home side are down to 10 men as Dyakov picks up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Biglia. It has not been his night, having missed that penalty early in the first half.
Anderson has an opening when he is picked out on the edge of the box, but with time to shoot he places a curling effort high over the bar.
SUBSTITUTION: That proves to be Anderson's last contribution, as he is replaced by Candreva.
SUBSTITUTION: Ludogorets also make a change, as Espinho replaces the goalscorer Bezjak.
Despite having the numerical advantage, Lazio are still struggling to put together attaching moves with any real threat. It will be tough for them to break through, as Ludogorets have got plenty of men behind the ball now as they try and hold onto their lead.
SUBSTITUTION: Lazio have made another change, as Kakuta comes on for Lulic.
The hosts are seeing a lot of the ball, but they have been caught offside a number of times as they look for the final pass. Their decision making has been poor and at the moment it does not look like they will find the net anytime soon.
Lazio win a corner and the ball is cleared to Kakuta outside the box. He fires in a strike from distance, but his powerful effort is too close to the keeper who holds onto the ball.
RED CARD! The home side are down to 10 men after Cavanda receives a straight red card for a high challenge on Minev. The defender caught a boot to the face and he is left needing treatment on the sidelines.
Lazio break forward at pace and Klose is slipped into the box. He waits for support to arrive and finds Candreva at the back post, whose shot beats the keeper, but is headed off the line by Espinho.
SUBSTITUTION: Perea is on for the home side, replacing Klose.
SUBSTITUTION: Ludogorets make their second change of the evening, as Lumu comes on for Misidjan.
The visitors are looking the more likely to find the next goal of the match. They are breaking at pace whenever they win the ball and are giving the Lazio defenders a torrid time.
Candreva fires in an effort from fully 30 yards out for Lazio, but it is hit straight at Stoyanov, who comfortably makes the save.
SUBSTITUTION: The visitors make their final substitution of the evening, with Quixada replacing Marcelinho.
CHANCE! Candreva has a great chance to grab a vital goal for Lazio, when he bursts into the box and drills a low strike across goal, but Stoyanov does brilliantly to deny him and push the ball away from danger. The Ludogorets keeper has had a fine game this evening.
There are going to be four minutes of stoppage time.
CHANCE! It's almost another wonder goal by the away side. Aleksandrov latches onto a loose ball 25 yards out from goal and lets fly, but his effort sails just wide of the far post with the keeper beaten.
FULL-TIME: Lazio 0-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
Boos ring out around the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio fall to a first leg defeat against Ludogorets Razgrad. Roman Bezjak's stunning goal has proved to be the difference, in a match where two penalties were missed.
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