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Lazio coach criticizes his side after bouncing out of Europa League

English.news.cn   2014-02-28 07:27:14

ROME, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Lazio squandered a two-goal advantage before being held 3-3 by Ludogoret and failed to reach the last 16 of Europa League with an aggregate score of 4-3 on Thursday.

Lazio head coach Edy Reja criticize his side's indecision which ruined their hopes.

"It is disappointing considering the performance. To score three goals here and still abandon the competition brings regret and disappointment," he said. "It was a great game and we kept up the tempo. We should've just kept more control after going 2-0 up. Certain indecision compromised the game."

Juninho Quixada's hit in a 88th-minute goal to ensure Ludogorets' remarkable Europa League campaign continued.

Lazio, when lost to Ludogoret 1-0 at home in the first leg, raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Keita Balde and Brayan Perea in the first 54 minutes.

The hosts fought back through Bezjak and Hristo Zlatinski but Miroslav Klose looked to have seen Lazio through until Juninho Quixada's late intervention.

"I was convinced we would go through, both when 2-0 up and 3-2 up. Ludogorets didn't have many scoring opportunities and we gifted it to them. We certainly deserved more, but evidently it was destiny we had to go out," he added.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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