Lazio: Marchetti (Bizzarri 42') - Pereirinha, Biava, Ciani, Radu - Candreva, Onazi, Hernanes (Ederson 74'), Lulic - Mauri (Ledesma 66'), Kozak
Stuttgart: Ulreich - Sakai, Rüdiger, Tasci, Molinaro - Holzhauser, Gentner - Okazaki, Hajnal (Harnik 74'), Macheda (Traore 63') - Ibisevic
|Kozak (6')||Hajnal (62')|
Full-time +3 mins: It’s all over at the Stadio Olimpico as VfB Stuttgart crash out of the UEFA Europa League by a 5-1 aggregate scoreline against S.S. Lazio. That brings an end to our LIVE coverage of the round of 16 second leg in Rome. The damage was done early on by Libor Kozak’s quickfire double inside eight minutes and though the Swabians picked up their performance after the break it was too little, too late for Bruno Labbadia’s side, who Europa League dreams end up looking more nightmarish than they’d have hoped. Stay with us on bundesliga.com for a full match report and further analysis...
87'Lazio then rub salt in the Swabians' wounds as Libor Kozak completes his hat-trick heading past a stranded Sven Ulreich to take the wind out of Stuttgart's sails.
85'Stuttgart go close again in the closing stages. Raphael Holzhauser curls a delicious free-kick into the danger zone, but Georg Niedermeier's superb diving header bounces agonisingly wide for the visitors.
80' Second-half substitute Martin Harnik should have levelled the scores for Stuttgart. A well-work move allows Christian Genter to whip the ball into the box, but unmarked in front of goal the Austrian's header proved harmless for Bizzarri.
78'Stuttgart are still throwing caution to the win in an attempt to at least rescue a draw in Rome. Their second-half performance has been much improved, but despite their numerous attempts on goal, are still struggling to truly assert themselves in the final third against Lazio's disciplined backline.
70'Ibrahima Traore has made a real impact since coming off the bench. The winger from Guinea has shown a real willingness to run at his man and when his cross isn't cleared properly, Bizzarri is forced to throw himself at full stretch to tip Christian Genter's shot around the post.
67'Lazio look to have turned off in the last few minutes and almost concede again when Shinji Okazaki ghosts past his marker to get on the end of Ibrahima Traore's cross. Unfortunately the Japanese international can't guide his effort on target from ten yards.
62'GOAL! It has been coming! Stuttgart reduce the arrears in Rome as Tamas Hajnal finds the back of the net after Lazio fail to clear their lines from a corner. It may prove to be nothing more than a consolation goal, but it will undoubtedly do the Swabians confidence a world of good. Ibrahima Traore comes on in place of Federico Macheda, who has once again failed to impose himself on proceedings against his former club.
60'Lazio are still looking comfortable with their two-goal lead on the night and four-goal aggregate advantage.
52' There are still signs of life amongst the Stuttgart players. Sporting director Fredi Bobic talked about ensuring they performed better in the second half during the break and the visitors are certainly doing that so far. Gotoku Sakai breaks into the box, but can only fire straight at Bizzarri, who did well to plam Raphael Holzhauser's fierce long-range attempt from the resulting corner away from danger.
SECOND HALF We're back underway at the Stadio Olimpico with Stuttgart chasing Lazio’s two-goal lead and hoping they can at least leave with their pride intact.
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HALF-TIMEStuttgart can write off their chances in the UEFA Europa League as Lazio’s two early goals put them firmly in the driving seat of this tie. The Swabians would have to score five time to progress to the quarter finals, but based on their first-half performance that will prove to be too great a hurdle for Labbdia's charges to climb.
42' There's a break in play as the Lazio medical team attend to Federico Marchetti. A stray backpass almost looked to have handed Vedad Ibisevic a golden opportunity to pull a goal back, but the Italian's keeper was quick off his line only for the Bosnian to catch him on the head in his attempts to stretch for the ball. Marchetti is still conscious, but is replaced by back-up goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri as a precautionary measure.
35' Considering this is their fifth game in 16 days, playing in three different competitions has obviously taken its toll on Stuttgart's small squad. Shinji Okazaki is the only VfB player who has looked like being a the races so far. The Japanese international flashes an effort over the bar, while at the other end Antonio Candreva's dipping free-kick proves too hot to handle for Sven Ulreich, who is fortunate none of the Lazio players were following up.
25' It's a case of damage limitation now for Bruno Labbadia's men, but they're still struggling to truly impose themselves on the encounter despite dominating possession. There is a noticeable lack of a agressiveness in midfield from a Stuttgart perspective. Vedad Ibisevic could have pulled a goal back, yet failed react quick enough to the ball bouncing through a throng of bodies, while Raphael Holzhauser is regularly plucking up his courage from range to no avail.
15'Vedad Ibisevic becomes the first player to go into the referee's book for a reckless challenge, but is soon joined by Hungarian midfielder Tamas Hajnal. Stuttgart have let their heads drop after conceding twice early on and are affording Lazio far too much time and space on the ball. There are still goals in this game, but it's hard to see the visitors registering at this rate.
8'GOAL! Libor Kozak's quickfire double has all but put this game to bed. The Czech striker powers his way into the box, holding off the challenge from Georg Niedermeier before crashing an effort in of the underside of the bar. Stuttgart are understandably shell-shocked.
6'GOAL!Raphael Holzhauser draws the first save out of Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti, but minutes later Stuttgart find themselves a goal down. The visitors defence fell asleep as Libor Kozak provides the simplest of close-range finishes from Stefan Radu’s cross leaving them in need of four goals to resuce this tie.
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Kick-off - 5 mins: The good news for Stuttgart is that star striker Vedad Ibisevic has served his recent suspension and is ready to lead the line. The Bosnian international, who has scored twice in the competition this season, lines up alongside Italian forward Federico Macheda as head coach Bruno Labbadia fields an ambitious attacking line-up in an attempt to rescue this tie.
Kick-off - 10 mins: Danish international William Kvist described Lazio as a “really tough opponent” after Stuttgart’s 2-0 first leg loss on home soil, the Italians first ever win in Germany, but was adamant that the Swabians “haven't given up yet”. However, ominously for the visitors, who have never won an encounter in Italy, Lazio not only beat Borussia Mönchengladbach2-0 in Rome in the Round of 32, but are also undefeated in the competition this season.
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