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Stadio Olimpico 19th September 2013 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: K Jakobsson

Lazio Lazio vs Legia Warsaw Leg Warsaw

Lazio 1

Hernanes (53)

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Leg Warsaw 0

Hernanes helps Lazio home

Serie A giants overcome Legia Warsaw

Last Updated: 19/09/13 10:32pm

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Lazio defender Lorik Cana fights for the ball

Lazio defender Lorik Cana fights for the ball

Hernanes's second-half goal earned Lazio a deserved 1-0 victory at home to Legia Warsaw in their opening Europa League match.

The Brazilian midfielder headed Balde Keita's cross past helpless Legia goalkeeper Wojciech Skaba in the 53rd minute to earn his team all three points.

And Hernanes was unlucky not score his second after the hour mark when his powerful effort struck the post with Skaba already beaten.

Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic opted to rest midfielders Antonio Candreva, Cristian Ledesma and Senad Lulic, as well as forward Miroslav Klose, in view of Sunday's capital-city derby against Roma.

The Poles, who will also face Apollon Limassol and Trabzonspor in Group J, showed some resolute defending in the opening half.

In the 20th minute, Legia defender Junior made a crucial clearance at the far post from Hernanes' goal-bound shot.

Midway through the first half, Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti parried away Jakub Kosecki's poweful strike from 15 yards.

Before the break, Legia defender Lukasz Broz hooked Luis Cavanda's dangerous cross to safety with Ederson waiting at the far post.

The pressure from the home side intensified after the restart and in the 47th minute Lorik Cana's header from Hernanes' corner went just wide.

Lazio broke through soon after when Hernanes easily slipped his marker and nodded the ball past Skaba to bring the Stadio Olimpico to life.

In the 67th minute, a Lazio counter-attack left Hernanes in the area again but this time he drilled a shot against the post.

Two minutes from time, Skaba made an instinctive save to deny substitute Diego Novaretti's header.

Legia pressed forward in the last stages of the game in the hope of finding a late equaliser but were unable to break Lazio's disciplined defence.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Villarreal 3 7
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 3 5
3 Apollon Limassol 3 3
4 FC Zurich 3 1

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Torino 3 7
2 Club Brugge 3 5
3 FC Copenhagen 3 4
4 HJK Helsinki 3 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 3 5
2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 5
3 Asteras Tripoli 3 4
4 Partizan Belgrade 3 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 3 7
2 Red Bull Salzburg 3 7
3 Dinamo Zagreb 3 3
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 3 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 3 9
2 PSV Eindhoven 3 4
3 Estoril 3 3
4 Panathinaikos 3 1

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 3 7
2 Karabakh-Azersun 3 4
3 St Etienne 3 3
4 Dnipro 3 1

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 3 5
2 Standard Liege 3 4
3 Rijeka 3 4
4 Feyenoord 3 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 3 5
2 Wolfsburg 3 4
3 Lille 3 3
4 Krasnodar 3 2

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sparta Prague 3 6
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 3 6
3 Napoli 3 6
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Steaua Bucuresti 3 6
2 Dynamo Kiev 3 6
3 Aalborg BK 3 6
4 Rio Ave 3 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 3 9
2 Guingamp 3 4
3 PAOK Salonika 3 3
4 Dinamo Minsk 3 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 3 9
2 Trabzonspor 3 6
3 Lokeren SNW 3 3
4 Metalist Kharkiv 3 0

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