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UCL: Immobile Brace Lifts Lazio Past Zenit, Last 16 In Sight

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Lazio forward Ciro Immobile struck twice and Marco Parolo scored his first Champions League goal at age 35 as they beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 to remain unbeaten in Group F on Tuesday.

AllNews understands that Immobile missed the previous two Champions League games because of the positive COVID-19 test but came back stronger as he fired Lazio in front after three minutes. He also converted a penalty early in the second half as he took his tally to three in three group games.

Immobile has now scored 132 goals in all competitions for Lazio.

The win took Lazio, who are in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2007-08, within touching distance of the last 16.

READ ALSO: Serie A: Atalanta Cruise Past Lazio In 4-1 Riot

They stayed in second place with eight points from four games, a point behind Borussia Dortmund and four clear of Club Brugge.

Zenit is bottom with one point and out of contention even for a Europa League spot if they do not win their next game.

Lazio was quickly off the mark when Immobile, Serie A's top scorer last season, collected Lucas Leiva's pass with his back to goal and scored with a powerful shot on the turn.

Parolo, who had not played in the Champions League group stage before this season, scored with a low shot from outside the area in the 22nd minute after Joaquin Correa broke down the left and pulled the ball back.

Artem Dzyuba pulled one back for Zenit three minutes later with a shot on the turn and Aleksandr Erokhin missed a chance to equalize as the game briefly threatened to slip from Lazio's control.

But, after several missed chances, the hosts restored their two-goal lead 10 minutes after the restart when Wilmar Barrios' reckless lunge on Immobile led to a penalty which the Lazio forward fired past the helpless Mikhail Kerzhakov.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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