Witness the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Feyenoord and Lazio. This riveting clash unfolded as part of the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024 tournament, in the intense arena of Group E, on Matchday 3.
The action commenced at precisely 16:45 GMT on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, setting the stage for a showdown that would leave fans on the edge of their seats. The man in charge of maintaining order on the field was none other than the highly esteemed referee, Tobias Stieler, hailing from Germany.
The battleground for this football spectacle was none other than the iconic Stadion Feijenoord, situated in the vibrant city of Rotterdam. This stadium has borne witness to countless memorable moments and was destined to be the arena for yet another chapter in football history.
Feyenoord vs Lazio Full Match Reports
Santiago Giménez delivered a stunning performance with a double strike that propelled Feyenoord to the top of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group E. Arne Slot’s team clinched a remarkable sixth consecutive home victory, displaying their offensive prowess as they have netted 34 goals in their last nine matches.
Feyenoord kicked off the match with soaring confidence and determination. Early in the game, Igor Paixão’s skillful curling cross located Giménez in the six-yard box. However, Eredivisie’s top scorer saw his header end up in the side netting. The hosts continued to apply pressure and believed they had secured the lead when Giménez’s shot, which took a deflection, sailed over Ivan Provedel. Regrettably, the goal was disallowed due to an offside call.
Yet, Giménez was not to be denied his inaugural UCL goal. Just six minutes later, the Mexican striker displayed remarkable skill by shrugging off Lazio defender Nicolò Casale. He turned into open space at the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a powerful strike into the bottom left corner. As Lazio aimed to regain their footing, with Luis Alberto testing Justin Bijlow with a powerful header, Feyenoord stunned the Eagles with a second goal. Calvin Stengs dribbled into the area, delivered a precise cutback to Ramiz Zerrouki, who skillfully curled a first-time shot into the top corner.
After halftime, Feyenoord regained control of the match, although they faced a more organized Lazio. Maurizio Sarri’s squad adopted a conservative approach and sought to exploit counter-attacking opportunities. Their strategy nearly paid off when Bijlow failed to secure Mattia Zaccagni’s powerful shot, dropping the ball right at Valentin Castellanos’ feet. However, the substitute couldn’t maintain his composure and fired over the crossbar. This missed opportunity was costly, as Feyenoord extended their lead further. The prolific Giménez struck again, tapping in a rebound after Provedel deflected Quinten Timber’s shot straight to the Mexican forward.
In the closing stages of the match, a lapse in concentration from Marcos López provided Lazio with a penalty. The defender brought down Castellanos in the penalty area, and Pedro confidently converted from the spot to narrow the gap. However, it was too little too late for the lackluster visitors. Feyenoord asserted temporary dominance in Group E with a commanding victory, while Sarri’s side left the Netherlands with their wounds to lick after suffering their fourth defeat in their last six visits.
Man of the Match: Santiago Giménez (Feyenoord).