Europa League Match Report: Lazio 1 ~ 1 Galatasaray + Highlights


Lazio booked their place in the last-16 of the Europa League after second-half goals from Marco Parolo, Felipe Anderson and Miroslav Klose secured a 3-1 win over Galatasaray.

It was the Biancocelesti who held the advantage following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Turkey, and Stefano Pioli’s side never appeared in danger of letting it slip.

The first half was deprived of any real quality in front of goal with little joy to be found in attack, as the two defensive units came out resoundingly on top.

The only decent chance of the opening frame was a Lucas Biglia strike from distance just ahead of the interval, but Fernando Muslera managed to tip it over the bar.

The game sprung to life after the restart and Alessandro Matri came agonisingly close to opening the scoring when he rattled an effort off the woodwork.

It was not long after that the Biancocelesti finally found the breakthrough, as Parolo rose to head home a thumping effort following Biglia’s corner, just shy of the hour mark.

Lazio doubled their lead with a second goal in as many minutes, as Felipe Anderson got on the end of a terrific passage of play, rolling the ball past a stranded Muslera following a lovely unselfish set-up from Matri.


The hosts switched off, however, after doubling their lead, as Galatasaray produced a response inside of a minute – Yasin Oztekin getting on the end of Sabri Sarioglu’s through-ball to beat Federico Marchetti at the near post.

Klose removed all doubt exactly 10 minutes later, shortly after his introduction, meeting Stefan Radu’s teasing delivery across the face of goal to restore Lazio’s two-goal lead.

The goal deflated any hopes of a Galatasaray comeback, with the visitors unable to muster much of a fight back over the final 20 minutes as their European journey comes to an end.

The Biancocelesti will not have to wait long to find out who they will face in the last 16, with the draw set to be held on Friday.

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