Borussia M'gladbach vs. Lazio  3 - 3

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Favre laments wasted chances

15 February 2013 11:06

Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre admitted his charges wasted too many chances in Thursday's 3-3 Europa League draw with Lazio.

Gladbach twice allowed Lazio to come from behind in the first leg of their last-32 tie, with Libor Kozak's 94th-minute equaliser handing the Rome club a share of the spoils.

"It was a crazy game in the second half," Favre said.

"We've been a little unlucky, but I've seen many positive things in our game.

"The first half was fine, we took the lead very early in the game and it was a deserved lead.

"After that Lazio had a couple of chances, but they hadn't been that dangerous."

Goals from Sergio Floccari and Libor Kozak gave Lazio a 2-1 lead in the second half, before Thorben Marx and Juan Arango struck to put the hosts back in front.

But Gladbach were unable to hold on as Lazio, reduced to 10 men earlier in the half, levelled proceedings at the death.

"We take a 3-2 lead and obviously we're very disappointed about the 3-3 draw," Favre said.

"We could have won it before the final whistle. We had two shots against the post and one missed penalty.

"That means we had many opportunities to score, but on the other side we conceded three goals.

"If we want to progress in the competition we need to win 1-0, or maybe 2-1.

"It'll be impossible to get a better result in the second leg.

"Theoretically we could also win 3-1, or maybe play out a 4-4 draw but that's not going to happen. We need to be realistic."

Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic was understandably pleased with his team's efforts.

"It was a bit crazy at the end, as we dominated the match for so long and I am happy we played good football for 90 minutes," he said.

"We suffered too much on set plays, which doesn't happen to us every day. Kozak came on for the second half and certainly gave us the necessary push and created more space for Sergio Floccari.

"In the first half we tried, but after the first goal, we started to get passes wrong and lost our way. The team has great character and we saw it by the way they played right to the end for the result.

"I am very happy to have rediscovered the Lazio I last saw a few months ago. We are alive, playing good football and I hope we can take the same approach in the second leg with numerous fans putting pressure on the visitors the way we experienced it in Germany."

The return leg takes place in Rome on February 21.

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Lazio ready to deliver against Gladbach

14 February 2013 01:20

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic is wary of Borussia Moenchengladbach's numerous threats but believes his side have the edge on form.

The teams meet in Germany on Thursday for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-32 tie.

Lazio enter the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Serie A rivals Napoli, a display which Petkovic believes should serve as a blueprint for what is required from his men.

"We'll be facing a tough opponent which, despite one minor performance, still got a good result in their last Bundesliga game, a prestigious 3-3 draw against Bayer Leverkusen," Petkovic said.

"Moenchengladbach are a strong team, with discipline and very dangerous on counter-attacks and set pieces.

"We more or less know our opponent, but as I have said before many times in the past, the opponent's importance is secondary.

"The paramount point is to play as Lazio played the last game (against Napoli), especially the first 60 minutes. So, we have to deliver a performance like that and improve it, if possible."

Petkovic also took time to praise the managerial skills of opposite number Lucien Favre, highlighting his ability to develop young players and bring clubs forward.

"Lucian Favre is surely one of the most prepared managers coming from Switzerland for decades," he said.

"He produced excellent results in Switzerland and Germany, first with Hertha Berlin and now with Borussia Moenchengladbach.

"He did so well last year producing some good talents then selling them for millions. He's a very pragmatic manager who always tries to play football."

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
8 1 +0 1
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0