Lazio recovered from being a goal down to claim victory in Europa League Group E, beating Rennes 2-1.
After losing the opening game of their Europa League campaign to Romania’s CFR Cluj, Simone Inzaghi and his Lazio side had to win today.
While it didn’t look good for a while, they eventually pulled through and bagged all three points,
Lazio had Adam Marusic suspended and Joaquin Correa injured. After his mini bust-up with the manager, Ciro Immobile was back in the starting line-up and being partnered by Felipe Caicedo.
Rennes drew 1-1 with Celtic in their opening game.
Rennes were looking for an early lead, by way of a first-minute penalty.
Flavien Tait hit the ground in the box.
But it appeared to be more a player looking for contact rather than the defender looking to make contact with him.
The referee waved off the appeals.
Immobile had a great chance but volleyed the ball over the bar from a corner.
Thankfully for Lazio no VAR in the Europa League, as in the 22nd minute a blatant handball in the box from Francesco Acerbibut.
The centre-back blocked the ball with an unnaturally outstretched arm.
Rennes had their own attempt on goal too.
Jonas Martin got in on the action too, testing Thomas Strakosha from distance.
Lazio replied with more pressure.
Rennes defender Damien Da Silva had to punt the ball away, after Manuel Lazzari’s cross landed in between the encroaching Lazio front line in the six-yard box.
Half time: Lazio 0 – 0 Rennes
Half time saw Inzaghi introduce some of his superstars in an attempt to bring some much-needed quality to his side.
Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic came on.
However, they did not have the desired immediate impact.
In fact, quite the opposite. As ten minutes after the restart, the visitors took the lead.
Grenier’s free-kick went over Milinkovic-Savic to find a Jeremy Morel.
He headed the ball into the net from the back post, virtually unmarked.
55th minute, Lazio 0 -1 Rennes.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic made amends for his poor introduction only eight minutes later.
12 yards out from goal and surrounded by defenders.
After receiving the ball from Luis Alberto he made the split-second decision to hit the ball first time. It drove its way to goal finding the bottom corner.
63 minutes, Lazio 1 – Rennes 1.
Only 12 minutes later, and Milinkovic-Savic was involved again. This time he turned provider for Immobile.
He whipped in a wicked cross from the right-hand side. Ciro Immobile rose high and powred his header into the back of the net.
75 minutes, Lazio 2 -1 Rennes. Come back complete.
The visitors tried to claw a goal back.
First with a long-range effort from Bourigeaud.
Then a volley from Grenier that failed to hit the target.
Lazio almost gifted them an equaliser, with an own goal by virtue of a deflection off two players.
Luckily keeper Strakosha was well aware of the location of the ball and got a hold of it and the situation.
Fulltime: Lazio 2 – 1 Rennes.
The win was crucial for Lazio, as they are tied for second with Cluj.
— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) October 3, 2019