Lazio's Thrilling 2-1 Win Over Celtic in Champions League Group E
|Matias Vecino of SS Lazio scores his team's opening goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic FC v SS Lazio at Celtic Park Stadium on October 04, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland(Image-Getty)
In a thrilling Champions League Group E encounter on Wednesday, Lazio secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Celtic in the dying moments of the match. The Scottish champions, Celtic, initially took the lead in the 12th minute when Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi received a perfectly placed pass from Matt O'Riley inside the penalty area and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the net.
Undeterred, the visiting team continued to press forward aggressively, ultimately finding the equalizer in the 29th minute as Matias Vecino nodded in a well-placed cross. The second half saw Celtic come close to victory when Luis Palma found the net 10 minutes from the end, but the goal was disallowed following a VAR review for offside.
The decisive moment arrived six minutes into stoppage time, when Pedro Rodriguez, who had come on as a substitute for Mattia Zaccagni, met Matteo Guendouzi's precise cross with a perfectly timed header that nestled into the top corner of the net.
With this victory, Lazio moved level with group leaders Atletico Madrid, both teams having amassed four points from their first two matches. Celtic, now at the bottom of the group, will face Atletico Madrid on October 25, while Lazio's next outing will be against Feyenoord.