09 Nov Lazio v Celtic Match Report, 07/11/2019, UEFA Europa League
Celtic secured their position at the past 32 of this Europa League as replacement Oliver Ntcham scored a last-minute winner against Lazio
Olivier Ntcham scored a stunning last-gasp winner to ship Celtic through the Europa League knockout stage with a 2-1 victory over Lazio.
The Scottish Premiership winners had a primary victory on Italian land to ensure their place at the past 32 using 2 matches to spare, but things seemed gloomy for Neil Lennon’s side when Ciro Immobile restricted a dominant Lazio beginning with an opener.
Celtic fought back, however, with James Forrest slamming in an equaliser before half-time at a thrilling experience in Rome.
A trio of excellent saves from Fraser Forster maintained Lazio at bay and, together with the last kick of the game, substitute Ntcham chipped home using a deft end to deliver the travelling Hoops service into raptures.
Immobile didn’t begin at the 2-1 defeat in Glasgow last month, but indicated his return to Lazio’s Europa League line-up using a cushioned end on that the volley seven minutes in.
1 – Celtic have won away from home against Italian resistance in Europe for the very first time , for this being their 13th effort at doing this. Breakthrough. pic.twitter.com/fNSIEWjS5Z
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2019
Celtic’s Christopher Jullien went near bundling a corner into his own net, but Lazio couldn’t make their dominance count to get another goal and, even after Francesco Acerbi didn’t cut Mohamed Elyounoussi’s pass, Forrest maintained his composure to draw the traffic level.
A rare moment of fear from Forster almost permitted Lazio to restore their head when he flapped at a corner, while Odsonne Edouard attracted a nice stop from Thomas Strakosha following the restart.
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Scott Brown went agonisingly close as Celtic pressed hard for another, though Lazio could have moved back if not for Forster’s excellent stop from a Sergej Milinkovic-Savic header.
Forster has been helped from the vertical with 15 minutes remaining, nevertheless — Luis Alberto’s corner cutting the bottom of this article — until Celtic’s goalkeeper pulled off two excellent saves in rapid succession.
It paved the way for Ntcham to be the protagonist, since the midfielder latched onto Edouard’s pass prior to lifting a delicate attempt over Strakosha to reserve Celtic’s place within the second round.