Monday, December 10, 2007

Real Madrid vs Lazio Champions League 2007-08: Preview and Live Score

Real Madrid vs Lazio upcoming Champions League match is going to be a crucial one of this season. Both Real Madrid and Lazio need to perform well to book a place in the knock out stage in this match. Real Madrid leads in Group C along with Olympiacos as both the teams have 8 points each. German club Werder Bremen is in third place with 6 points, a point ahead of Lazio. So, the situation seems to be harder for Lazio to make it to the next round. Real Madrid vs Lazio match will be held at the Real home ground Bernabeu stadium on 11 December 2007.

Both Real Madrid and Lazio have won their last match in domestic league. Real Madrid has defeated Athletic Bilbao with the only goal of Ruud van Nistelrooy. With this win, Real Madrid still leads in Spanish La Liga 2007-2008 point table with 35 points. On the other hand, though Lazio got a brilliant victory over Catania by 2-0, they now stand 12th in the point table of Serie A 2007-2008 with 17 points.

Group C of Champions League 2007-2008 is still open as any of the participating teams can get the ticket of knock out stage. So, both the last two matches are crucial to decide two teams to offer the two places of knock out stage. In terms of points achieved, Real Madrid is now in better situation as they need only a draw to be in the top 16 teams. On the other hand, the situation seems a little bit harder for Lazio. In order to get into the knock out stage, Lazio needs to win over Real Madrid. No doubt, it is very hard for them.

If you look at the recent home match record then you must admit that Lazio has to perform their best to claim a victory at the Bernabeu stadium. Real Madrid has not lost any match so far in this season at the home ground. Moreover, they could not experience any defeat in the last 24 matches of Champions league at home since their defeat to Arsenal at the knock out stage in 2006.

For Real Madrid, striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is now in his prime form. This Dutch forward has already scored 7 goals so far in this tournament. Moreover, Brazilian midfielder Júlio Baptista is expected to appear in the first line up against Lazio and he is expected to play a big part for Real Madrid. However, Real Madrid will most probably miss defender Christoph Metzelder in the next match. The good news for Real fans is that Gabriel Heinze has recovered from his knee injury and is expected to be back with the crucial match against Lazio. Sergio Ramos and Fabio Cannavaro will throw hard challenge to the forwards of Lazio. Captain Raul and Robinho will make up the Real Madrid forward line up along with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Júlio Baptista. So, Real Madrid seems enough strong to face Lazio.

Lazio coach has expressed that his team will need a miracle at Spain to outperform the Spanish giant Real Madrid. Lazio defender Valon Behrami is unlikely to take part in the crucial encounter due to muscle injury. Guglielmo Stendardo, Fabio Firmani and Goran Pandev also have minor injury but, they are expected to appear against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Captain Luciano Zauri will be back in the side after missing the previous Champions league match.

Football is a game of uncertainty. Lazio has proved it as they have made a draw against Real Madrid in the home match. Now, they need to face stronger challenge from Real Madrid before the exciting Real Madrid fans. I know that many of you will not be able to watch the matches live in your television because of your personal or professional work. So, here I am giving some links of websites from where you can get online live score and updates of Real Madrid vs Lazio match:

Footie Scorez


Live Score

Live Football Scores


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