Lazio flies to the round of 32 of the Europa League with one day to spare. The biancocelesti beat Lokomotiv 3-0 in Moscow thanks to two penalties converted by Immobile in the second half in the 56th and 63rd minutes and Pedro’s goal in the 87th minute. In two weeks at the Olimpico, Sarri’s team will play for the first place in group E against the Turks of Galatasaray. The cold in Moscow makes the biancocelesti start slowly, with the first opportunity arriving at 7 ‘from a corner kick, with Acerbi standing out in the middle of the area, going to engage the seventeen-year-old goalkeeper Khudiakov, the first as a starter with the Lokomotiv shirt. At 12 ‘Maradishvili tries a round shot not hitting the goal of Strakosha, while shortly after Basic, with his head, goes to anticipate everyone at the near post, but Rybus – stationed on the diagonal – saves a little from the line of goal. The game is not very brilliant, even Immobile has few opportunities to touch the ball, while Nenakhov is in difficulty, very often aimed at by a Zaccagni who tries to break through on his side. The referee in a couple of opportunities grace the Russian defender, forcing Gisdol to change him with Sylianov. The clearest opportunity for Lokomotiv is a overhead kick from Jedvaj, on the development of a free kick at half an hour. The last chance of the first half was a shot by Felipe Anderson in the 44th minute saved by Khudiakov.
At the start of the second half Sarri lets Pedro in place of Anderson. At 11 ‘the turning point of the match: Silyanov in the penalty area knocks out Zaccagni in a crash. The referee, the Portuguese Artur Dias, after being recalled by the Var, awards the penalty. From 11 meters impeccable the conclusion of Immobile that displaces the goalkeeper and signs the 1-0. At 18 ‘the doubling arrives again on a penalty and always with the number 17 who is spread out in the area by Barinov. Immobile crosses his conclusion again: ball on the pole and then in the goal for the 2-0. At 22 ‘Pedro devours the 3-0: open-field counterattack by the biancocelesti, the Spanish striker in front of the goalkeeper tries a’ spoon ‘and ends wide. The hosts sketched a reaction in the 25th minute with Lisakovich turning and kicking from the edge of the area in a central position: Strakosha rejects diving. Shortly after Acerbi one step away from the goal: another biancoceleste restart, led by Hysaj and the defender gets his left-handed defender parried by Khudiakov. At 42 ‘comes the third goal thanks to Pedro: feint with the right, to return on the left-handed, and conclusion from the edge of the area that slips into the opposite corner. In full recovery Milinkovic-Savic takes the crossbar with a great shot from distance.