Lazio 3-1 Zenit St Petersburg: Immobile double gives Italians victory
Lazio 3-1 Zenit St Petersburg: Ciro Immobile scores twice as Russians crash out while Serie A side keep pace with Borussia Dortmund in Group F
- Ciro Immobile scored twice as Lazio beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 in Group F
- Marco Parolo also got on the scoresheet as the Italians claimed all three points
- The defeat means the Russian side have been knocked out of the competition
- Lazio stay second and are one point behind group leaders Borussia Dortmund
Lazio forward Ciro Immobile struck twice and Marco Parolo scored his first Champions League goal aged 35 as they beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 to remain unbeaten in Group F on Tuesday.
Immobile, who missed the previous two Champions League games because of positive COVID-19 tests, fired Lazio in front after three minutes and converted a penalty early in the second half as he took his tally to three in three group games.
The win took Lazio, who are in the group stage for the first time since 2007-08, within touching distance of the last 16.
Ciro Immobile’s double helped Lazio claim a 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday
The striker gave the home side the lead in the third minute with a rocket into the top corner
Captain Marco Parolo doubled the home side’s advantage with a strike in the 22nd minute
They stayed in second place with eight points from four games, a point behind Borussia Dortmund and four clear of Club Brugge.
Zenit are bottom with one point and out of contention.
Lazio were quickly off the mark when Immobile, Serie A’s top scorer last season, collected Lucas Leiva’s pass with his back to goal and scored with a powerful shot on the turn.
The midfielder hit a low shot from the outside of the box which wen into the bottom left corner
Immobile converted a penalty in the second half to ensure Lazio claimed all three points
Parolo, who had not played in the Champions League group stage before this season, scored with a low shot from outside the area in the 22nd minute after Joaquin Correa broke down the left and pulled the ball back.
Artem Dzyuba pulled one back for Zenit three minutes later with a shot on the turn and Aleksandr Erokhin missed a chance to equalise as the game briefly threatened to slip from Lazio’s control.
But, after several missed chances, the hosts restored their two-goal lead 10 minutes after the restart when Wilmar Barrios’ reckless lunge on Immobile led to a penalty which the Lazio forward fired past the helpless Mikhail Kerzhakov.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Lazio (3-5-2): Reina; Patric (Felipe 60); Hoedt; Acerbi; Lazzari (Fares 69); Parolo (Akpa Akpro 60); Lucas (Cataldi 68); Alberto; Marusic; Immobile (Muriqi 81); Correa
Subs not used: Strakoshal; Pereira; Anderson; Armini; Caicedo; Radu; Furlanetto;
Scorers: Immobile (3, 55); Parolo (22)
Zenit St Petersburg (3-5-2): Kerzhakov; Santos (Sutormin 37); Lovren; Rakitskiy; Zhirkov (Azmoun 73); Barrios (Driussi 59); Erokhin; Malcom; Kuzyaev; Mostovoy (Musaev 59); Dzyuba
Subs not used: Lunev; Vasyutin; Prokhin; Shamkin; Driussi
Scorers: Dzyuba (25)
Bookings: Lovren; Barrios; Rakitskiy
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