Dirk Kuyt said it was a 'historic night' for Fenerbahce after the Turkish side progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League.Leading 2-0 over Lazio from the first leg in Istanbul, the Super Lig side claimed a hard-earned 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico to progress to the final four of a major European competition for the first time in the club's history.
Lazio head coach Vladimir Petkovic refused to be downcast despite his side exiting the Europa League on Thursday.Lazio drew with Fenerbahce 1-1 but lost their quarter-final tie 3-1 on aggregate and Petkovic will now need to pick up his side for Monday's Serie A clash with leaders Juventus, as they continue their quest to finish in the top three of the table.
Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic says playing their Europa League tie with Fenerbahce behind closed doors on Thursday will not help the team.The Serie A side trail the Turkish outfit 2-0 from the first leg and have to play the return game in an empty stadium after UEFA found their fans guilty of racist abuse during a clash against Tottenham earlier in the competition.
Lazio's Hernanes has warned rivals Roma he and his team-mates will be riled up after losing to Fenerbahce in Europa League in mid-week.Lazio considered themselves hard done by after their 2-0 defeat in Turkey following a controversial red card and penalty, but the midfielder said they are now looking forward to the derby in Serie A on Monday.
Vladimir Petkovic admits Fenerbahce have left Lazio with a mountain to climb if they are to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals.Ogneyi Onazi's red card coupled with late strikes from Pierre Webo (penalty) and Dirk Kuyt consigned Lazio to a likely European elimination at the Sukru Saracoglu on Thursday.