Published On: Thu, Nov 26th, 2015

Player Ratings: Lazio 3-1 Dnipro

LazioLazio overcame Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night, securing their progression to the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League.

Antonio Candreva put the Serie A side ahead with less than five minutes on the clock, before the Ukrainians levelled the scoreline soon after the hour mark through Bruno Gama. That didn’t last long however, with Marco Parolo putting his team back in front before Filip Djordjevic made it three.

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Lazio

Eric Berisha – 6- Capable

Helpless on the Ukrainian goal. He was reactive in dealing with high balls.

Abdoulaye Konko – 6.5 – Motorbike

A steely defensive performance matched by a willing determination to get forward along with a crucial intervention on a counter attack from Danilo. His yellow card means he will miss the final group game against Saint-Etienne.

Santiago Gentiletti – 5.5 – Concrete

A couple of risks did put the defender at risk but he markedly improved in the second half.

Mauricio – 5.5 – Sleepy

Not comfortable performance capped off by an absolutely dreadful defensive lapse to let Danilo take the ball off him and make Dnipro equalise.

Stefan Radu – 5.5 – Composed

The Romanian dealt well with Dnipro pressure on his flank.

Marco Parolo – 6.5 – Encompassing

A goal and an assist from the 30-year-old to put Lazio back ahead at a crucial time in the match.

Danilo Cataldi – 6 – Engine

A good performance from the youngster who more than adequately replaced Lucas Biglia in the Lazio midfield.

Ricardo Kishna – 7 – Speedster

A threat for the Dnipro defence. He was unlucky to not have a penalty given on the tenth minute and his dribbling eventually resulted in Parolo’s shot to re-give Lazio the lead.

Antonio Candreva – 6.5 – Renaissance

The winger is hitting form at the right time for the Biancocelesti. He followed up his goal against Palermo on the weekend with the opening goal after just four minutes in this game.

Miroslav Klose – 6 – Veteran

Pioli decided to play Klose just behind Matri in a quasi-trequartista role and the German sacrificed himself for the team.

Alessandro Matri – 6 – Workhorse

What he lacked in quality he made up for in running and hounding the Dnipro players enjoying a couple of tussles with Bezus and Chygrynskiy.

Substitutes 

Milinkovic-Savic (67 minutes)

A yellow card the only major note that will make him miss the Saint-Etienne match.

Filip Djordjevic (70 minutes)

Came on for Matri and sealed the game in injury time.

Senad Lulic (81 minutes)

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