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Monday 21 April 2014

Lloris sparkles amid ugly chants

Lazio 0
Tottenham 0

TOTTENHAM could not deliver their fans victory over Lazio, but the heroics of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris means they are one step closer to the Europa League knockout stages.

Their draw in Rome in this Group J clash did not come without controversy, however, as Lazio fans chanted 'Juden Tottenham' at the away fans in an anti-Semitic jibe.

Lazio, and their icon Paul Gascoigne – who was guest of honour here in the Italian capital – would have hoped for the football to do the talking, but the anti-Semitism will disappoint UEFA, who fined the Serie A club for monkey-chanting during the reverse fixture back in September.

The game proved to be anything but a classic. Libor Kozak, making a rare start, missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally important in keeping Lazio at bay.

The Frenchman, chosen ahead of veteran American Brad Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady presence throughout.

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