Lazio 3-1 Galatasaray: Efficient Biancocelesti see off abject Turks
Lazio beat Galatasaray 3-1 to progress to the Round of 16 with a 4-2 aggregate scoreline in the Europa League on Thursday night at the Stadio Olimpico.
The first half was dull but the second exploded into life as Marco Parolo and Felipe Anderson netted for the hosts before Yasin Oztekin made it interesting only for Miroslav Klose to enter from the bench and kill the tie.
Lazio started fast early on in search of an important goal but were unable to create much.
Lucas Biglia was responsible for one of the few pieces of action in the first half as his powerful long-range strike following a header out of the area required a save from Fernando Muslera who did very well to tip the shot over.
The Turkish side delivered some nice crosses at the start of the second half but their attacking players didn’t show enough anticipation to get onto the end of them.
Gala worked their way into the Lazio area in the 54th minute but a heavy touch from Sabri Sarioglu from a low cross ended a promising move.
Alessandro Matri should have opened the scoring after being set up by Biglia but the forward dragged his shot onto the far post.
Parolo opened the scoring in the 59th minute when the midfielder was left completely unmarked to attack a corner and head it the ball into the ground and beyond Muslera.
The Aquile doubled their lead on the hour as substitute Antonio Candreva drove forward before playing in Matri who squared the ball to Felipe Anderson for the tap-in.
Galatasaray kept themselves in the tie just a minute later as a shaky offside trap permitted Yasin Oztekin to go clean through and he finished smartly over Federico Marchetti.
Substitute Miroslav Klose went close after winning the ball from Aurelien Chedjou who recovered to block on the line.
The Germany international scored his first goal of the season in the 72nd minute after Stefan Radu broke through down the left before cutting back to Klose who could not miss.
Candreva went clean in on on goal but Muslera did well to smother the ball at his feet but the whistle went minutes later as Lazio progressed.