13th of October 2022

Superb performance by Pedro keep Lazio at stake (2-2)

The points are shared at the Olimpico. Lazio and Sturm Graz sign a draw on Thursday's fourth Europa League matchday, despite the local side were one man down during the full second half (2-2). The outstanding courage and determination of Pedro Rodriguez inspired the Italian squad to recover the one-goal advantage, scoring the 2-1 in minute 71. All the Group F teams remain with chances to win a spot in the knock-out phase, as all of them have an amount of five points with two games ahead.

After Lazio pushed hard to get an advantage with a shoot to the woodwork by Pedro Rodriguez, the Biancocelesti broke the deadlock through Ciro Immobile from the kick spot handing Lazio the lead. Shortly after, the match took a turn as Italian full-back Manuel Lazzari was sent off after receiving a second booking.

After the break Strum Graz capitalized on their one-man advantage through Boving (56’). But despite conceding a goal, Sarri’s side seemed unfazed and showcased resilience as Pedro and Felipe Anderson performed a memorizing one-two passing combination within the box. The Spanish winger received the back-heel flick and curled it around the keeper to help his side regain their advantage within the 71st minute.

Just as Lazio seemed on the cusp of sealing all three points while being a man-down, Boving made it 2-2 scoring the second for Sturm Graz. As it stands, all teams in Group F of the Europa League are level with five points each.

 

- Match stats:

Lazio: Provedel; Lazzari, Gila, Patric, Hysaj; Luis Alberto (57' Felipe Anderson), Cataldi (57' Vecino), Basic (57' Milinkovic); Pedro, Immobile (78' Cancellieri), Zaccagni (46' Marusic).

Sturm Graz: Siebenhadl; Ingolitsch, Affengruber, Wuthrich, Dante; Hierlander (78' Jantscher), Stankovic (79' Ljubic), Prass; Kiteishvili (57' Horvat); Ajeti (79' Sarkaria), Emegha (46' Boving).

Bookings: Sascha Stegemann (GER) amonestó a Ingolitsch (24'), Lazzari (27' y 45'+2'), Kiteishvili (27' ), Affengruber (44' ), Stankovic (45+2'), Immobile (45'+3') Prass (74'), Ljubic (85').

Goals: Immobile (45' p.), Boving (56', 83'), Pedro (71').




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