Lazio end 13-year wait for Champions League football as they seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after defeating Cagliari in Serie A… while Ciro Immobile also takes lead over Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the league’s golden boot
- Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile netted the winner with his 31st this season
- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic volleyed Lazio level after Joao Pedro’s free kick
- Lazio still have a mathematical chance of overhauling Serie A leaders Juventus
Lazio claimed a Champions League place, ending a 13-year absence from the competition, when they came from behind to beat Cagliari 2-1 in Serie A on Thursday following five games without a win.
Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile netted the winner with his 31st goal of the season as Lazio, fourth with 72 points, clinched the final Italian place in Europe’s elite club competition next season.
The strike saw the 30-year-old Italy international take the lead over Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Serie A golden boot, with the Juventus star stuck on 30 after failing to find the net in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Udinese.
Lazio have ended their 13-year absence from the Champions League after beating Cagliari
Ciro Immobile netted the winner as Lazio confirmed their return to Europe’s elite competition
With three games left to play, Lazio still have a mathematical chance of overhauling leaders Juventus, who and have 80 points.
‘I’m happy, it’s right to celebrate reaching an important target for us which we achieved three matches in advance,’ said Immobile.
‘We are proud despite the difficulties we have faced after lockdown. This is something that Lazio haven’t achieved for years.’
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic volleyed the hosts level after Cagliari’s Joao Pedro scored a free-kick
Cagliari forward Joao Pedro scored with a stunning free kick early on but it was disallowed because the referee had signalled it was indirect.
Lazio were kept at bay by Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno and were caught out when Giovanni Simeone gave the Sardinians the lead with a deflected shot at the end of the first half.
However, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic volleyed Lazio level two minutes after the break and, after hitting the post with a shot on the turn, Immobile latched on to Luis Alberto’s through ball to slot the winner past Cragno on the hour.
The victory means the Rome side still have a chance of overhauling Serie A leaders Juventus
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