Immobile enters and gives Lazio qualification to the round of 16: Celtic are knocked out


By John

Lazio-Celtic 2-0
Marker: 37′ st and 40′ st Building.
Lazio (4-3-3): Provedel 6; Lazzari 6, Patric 6, Gila 6, Marusic 6; Guendouzi 6, Rovella 6 (34′ st Cataldi sv), Luis Alberto 6 (39′ st Kamada sv); Isaksen 6.5, Castellanos 5.5 (16′ st Immobile 8.5), Felipe Anderson 6 (16′ st Pedro 6.5). Coach: Sarri 6.
Celtic (4-3-3): Hart 6; Johnston 5.5, Carter-Vickers 5.5, Scales 5.5, Taylor 5.5; O’Riley 6, McGregor 6, Paulo Bernardo 6 (24′ st Oh 6); Forrest 6 (16′ st Johnston 6), Furuhashi 6.5, Yang 5.5 (42′ st Turnbull sv). Coach: Rodgers 6.
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 6.
Note: Booked: Taylor, Johnston, Rovella, O’Riley, Yang, Pedro, Patric. Corners: 6-4. Recovery: 0′; 4′.
Rome. It is Lazio branded Champions and Immobile that, once again, wins at the last gasp against Celtic, with a brace from the striker in the space of three minutes. At the Olympic stadium, in a match without too many emotions, it was the attacker, who came on half an hour from the end, who secured passage to the round of 16. The hosts started well and even came close to taking the lead. The most sensational opportunity, after ten minutes, came from Felipe Anderson who headed just over the crossbar. Celtic closed the first half with a shot on target without ever giving too many worries to a Lazio team who, however, failed to materialize their chances. If Sarri’s team thought it would be easier, they were very wrong.
The Scots return to the field in the second half and come close to scoring with Furuhashi. The best opportunity, however, is still Biancoceleste with Isaksen. With half an hour left of play it’s Immobile’s turn, he will be the one to totally change the match in three minutes by giving a good response to Sarri. In the 82nd minute Isaksen provided the assist and the striker slotted the unexpected lead into the net less than ten minutes from the final whistle. It doesn’t take much for him, in the 85th minute he takes advantage of the opposing defense’s sleep and suddenly he seals the 2-0. With a penalty for Celtic canceled out in injury time, the Biancocelesti can celebrate because they are in the round of 16.