Witness the complete playback and highlights of the clash between Lazio and Celtic. The game commenced at 17:45 (GMT) on 28th November 2023, officiated by H. Meler at Stadio Olimpico. This epic showdown is part of the UEFA Champions League, Group E, Season 2023/2024.
Lazio vs Celtic Full Match Reports
Ciro Immobile showcased his goal-scoring prowess with two late strikes, propelling Lazio into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages and securing back-to-back home UCL victories for the Eagles for the first time since 2003 in a commanding 2-0 win over Celtic.
Recognizing that an early goal could pave the way for qualification from Group E, Lazio created a flurry of opportunities in the initial stages. Gustav Isaksen initiated the challenges, testing Joe Hart with a low drive, while Felipe Anderson’s powerful header narrowly missed the target after a cross from Mattéo Guendouzi. Once the early jitters settled, Celtic found their rhythm and posed a credible threat.
Kyogo Furuhashi injected renewed purpose into Celtic’s attack, darting behind Lazio’s backline. However, Mario Gila Fuentes executed a well-timed interception to thwart the danger. Despite this, Celtic struggled to regain momentum, and Lazio intensified the pressure late in the first half. Nicolò Rovella and Luis Alberto unleashed shots from a distance, but neither troubled Hart’s goal.
With a clean sheet at halftime, Celtic had a foundation to build upon. The Scottish champions emerged with positivity in the second half, with Kyogo’s strike narrowly missing the post, and Yang Hyun-Jun squandering a key opportunity by opting to head into the six-yard box rather than towards goal.
In the closing stages, desperation gripped Lazio, and their reliable striker, Ciro Immobile, delivered two decisive blows in a lethal three-minute span. Immobile displayed his attacking instincts, capitalizing on a deflected shot and tapping past Hart. Shortly after, he outmaneuvered Liam Scales in the penalty area, slotting his shot into the bottom corner. Although Celtic were initially awarded a late penalty, VAR overturned the decision after a review.
Once again, Lazio’s top scorer, Immobile, proved crucial in keeping his team in Europe’s premier competition. Maurizio Sarri, reeling from a surprising 2-1 loss to Salernitana over the weekend, found solace in Immobile’s heroics. Despite a strong spell after halftime, Celtic was generally outplayed, dashing their slim chances of reaching the Europa League play-off spot in Group E.
Man of the Match: Ciro Immobile (Lazio).