Ciro Motionless struck twice as Lazio continued their unbeaten run within the Champions League and took an enormous step in the direction of the knockout phases with a 3-1 win over Zenit on the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.
The Biancocelesti’s talismanic striker wanted simply three minutes to attain an outstanding opener from distance, earlier than Marco Parolo doubled their benefit with a protracted vary effort of his personal.
Artem Dzyuba rapidly pulled one again for the Russian champions, however Motionless’s second half penalty was sufficient to earn Lazio a win that retains them in second place in Group F with eight factors.
Lazio are one level behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who they face in Germany subsequent week, however 4 forward of Membership Brugge in third with two video games remaining.
Motionless reduce a decided determine after lacking the final two group video games as a consequence of COVID-19, and he quickly lashed an unstoppable shot into the highest nook from 25 yards out.
The hosts regarded harmful all through a assured begin, they usually struck on the counter to double their benefit halfway by means of the primary half when Parolo drilled a low shot into the underside nook from distance.
Nevertheless, the Russians pulled one again nearly instantly with a uncommon assault when Dzyuba was given an excessive amount of house within the field to swivel and hearth a shot previous Pepe Reina.
Lazio pushed to reclaim a two-goal cushion earlier than half time as Luis Alberto had a close-range dink smothered, Parolo blazed large from shut vary and Manuel Lazzari had a shot saved after being performed clear by means of within the field with simply the keeper to beat.
The Aquile ultimately discovered their third 10 minutes into the second half, when Motionless was tripped within the field and stepped as much as convert the ensuing spot kick.
The capital membership weren’t finished there as they went searching for a fourth, with Joaquin Correa heading over from a promising place and substitute Vedat Muriqi having a close-range effort blocked effectively by the outrushing goalkeeper.