Don’t miss the chance to watch the replay and highlights of the thrilling match between Atletico Madrid and Lazio. This game is part of the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group E – Matchday 6. The action kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. The referee for the game is Serdar Gozubuyuk from the Netherlands, and the venue for this exciting matchup is Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano in Madrid. Be sure to catch all the action and excitement from this highly anticipated match!
Atletico Madrid vs Lazio Full Match Reports
Antoine Griezmann’s swift goal set Atlético Madrid on the path to a resounding 2-0 victory over S.S. Lazio, securing the top spot in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) group for the first time since 2016/17 and marking their sixth triumph in seven matches across all competitions under the guidance of Diego Simeone.
Sitting one goal shy of the summit of the UCL scoring charts before kick-off, Griezmann, eyeing an opportunity to match teammate Álvaro Morata, capitalized in just over five minutes. Seizing Samuel Lino’s precision pull-back, the 32-year-old elegantly placed the ball past Ivan Provedel, asserting Atlético’s dominance on home soil.
Lazio, in contrast, could only sporadically replicate the hosts’ cutting edge. A promising moment unfolded as Luis Alberto penetrated the left side, delivering to Ciro Immobile in the box. However, the striker, under time pressure, awkwardly bundled a clumsy effort into the side-netting. Atlético seemingly added a second goal just before halftime, with Mario Hermoso volleying in from a narrow angle. However, a swift VAR review rescinded the fine strike for offside.
Simeone’s halftime double change hinted at Atlético easing up, but the evident disparity in quality persisted. The dynamic Lino justified his spot on the scoresheet with a potent half-volley into the top corner. Álvaro Morata, introduced from the bench, missed a chance to enhance the scoreline, inexplicably dragging his effort wide with the goal at his mercy after Provedel parried Memphis Depay’s powerful free-kick.
Unlike the reverse fixture’s dramatic stoppage-time equalizer, there was no repeat performance from goalkeeper Provedel. Lazio failed to score for the first time in 14 UCL matches but secured passage to the knockout rounds as runners-up. Atlético, content with a fruitful night’s work, now looks ahead to their upcoming clash with Athletic Club on Saturday.
Man of the Match: Samuel Lino (Atlético Madrid).