LUCAS DELIGHTED WITH LAZIO HISTORY
Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva is thrilled to be part of the team that made Champions League history on Tuesday night following their Group F meeting with Belgian team Club Brugge. The game was the final one in their group and Lazio needed at least a draw to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. In the end, they got the draw they needed at home to the Belgians after a 2-2 draw with the opposition who finished the game with a man down.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva expressed his delight at the Champions League feat achieved by his team during his post-match reaction to the Club Brugge match. His post-match comments were revealed by Italian outlet La Lazio SiamoNoi. According to him, the feat of Lazio qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 20 years is a medal for the current squad.
Lazio were not at their best during the Champions League home game with 10-man Club Brugge but they were still able to get the result needed. Club Brugge had Eduard Sobol sent off towards the end of the first half after two yellow cards. Ukrainian defender Sobol is on loan at Club Brugge from Shakthar Donetsk FC of Ukraine. At that point, Lazio were 2-1 ahead of their opponents. Lazio took the lead through Joaquin Correa on 12 minutes before Dutch midfielder Ruud Vormerequalised for Club Brugge three minutes down the line.
Ciro Immobile then scored the second Lazio goal on 27 minutes from the spot after he was fouled by Clinton Mata. Lazio were eventually pegged back in the second half despite playing against ten men. Hans Vanaken was responsible for the second Club Brugge goal with a quarter an hour left but it proved to be too little too late for the Belgians.