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76'
H. Vanaken
R. Vormer
2 - 2
39'
E. Sobol
Yellow 2nd/RC
27'
C. Immobile
Penalty Goal
2 - 1
15'
R. Vormer
Goal
1 - 1
12'
J. Correa
Goal
1 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
51% 48%
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4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 3
Total Passes 515 467
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Borussia Dortmund BVB Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 W D W W W
2 Lazio LAZ Lazio 6 2 4 0 11 7 +4 10 D D W D D
3 Club Brugge CLU Club Brugge 6 2 2 2 8 10 -2 8 D W L L D
4 Zenit ZEN Zenit 6 0 1 5 4 13 -9 1 L L L D L

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8th Finals
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Commentary

Thank you for following our coverage of tonight’s Champions League match-up between Lazio and Club Brugge. Until next time, stay safe!
Next up for Lazio is the visit of Hellas Verona on Saturday evening back in Serie A whilst Club Brugge travel to Antwerp in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday afternoon.
A phenomenal match in Rome comes to an end and Lazio reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. Goals from Correa and Immobile for Lazio and Vormer and Vanaken for the visitors means it finishes in a draw, and that is enough to see the Italian side through. Club Brugge came so close to completing a fairy tale comeback as De Ketelaere rattled the woodwork late on, but it wasn’t to be for the Belgians.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: LAZIO 2-2 CLUB BRUGGE.
90' + 2' CROSSBAR!!! De Ketelaere rattles the woodwork from close range. What a chance that was as the forward sees his left-footed volley hit the bar from 15 yards out.
A. Marušić
Yellow Card
90' Marusic is booked for time-wasting. 
90' There'll be a minimum of at least four minutes of additional time played here. Can Club Brugge complete a fairytale comeback in the final moments of this one?!
89' Marusic advances down the left and wins a corner for the home side. They’ll take their time with this one.
88' Lazio have made this extremely hard for themselves in the second half. They’ve largely stopped playing the lovely football that we saw in the first half and the hosts are now resigned to sitting with everybody behind the ball for the final few minutes of play.
Andreas Pereira
J. Correa
86' Pereira - on loan from Manchester United - comes on in favour of Correa.
I. Van der Brempt
Clinton Mata
84' Van der Brempt comes onto the field to replace Mata at right-back. 
D. Okereke
K. Diatta
84' Striker Okereke also joins the action as Diatta departs for the away side. 
83' Vormer strikes from the resulting set-piece but it’s blocked by the wall and the ball goes out for a corner. The resulting corner is swung in and the referee blows for a free-kick as Deli fouls Reina.
82' Club Brugge get a free-kick in a very dangerous position just outside the Lazio penalty area as Felipe pushes into Ricca. This is a massive chance for the visitors.
79' This one is not over yet. Remember that only a Club Brugge win would see them qualify from Group F tonight. A draw is still enough for Lazio, but the Italian side are looking extremely nervy right now.
M. Rits
É. Balanta
77' Rits comes on for Balanta for the visitors. 
R. Vormer
Assist
76' A fantastic cross from Vormer put it on a plate for his midfield partner. 
H. Vanaken
Goal
76' GOOOOAALLLLL!!! 2-2. VANAKEN!!!! Club Brugge are level!!!! Vormer crosses from the right wing and Vanaken rises highest to convert with his head from 15 yards out. Can the 10 men from Belgium turn this around against all the odds?
J. Akpa Akpro
Luis Alberto
75' Akpa Akpro replaces Alberto in central midfield for the hosts to finish off the triple substitution. 
F. Caicedo
C. Immobile
75' Talisman and star forward Immobile is taken off in favour of Caicedo.
G. Escalante
Lucas Leiva
75' Escalante replaces Leiva in the heart of midfield. 
74' MASSIVE CHANCE! Leiva wins the ball in midfield and feeds Alberto. The Spanish midfielder then advances up the field and plays the ball through to Immobile but the striker fires over from 20 yards out. What a let-off for Club Brugge!
73' Lazio are looking set to make a triple change in the next few minutes. In truth the hosts haven’t been fantastic in this second half but are currently doing just enough to stay ahead in this Champions League clash.
71' Fantastic sweeper keeping from Mignolet who advances to the halfway line to nod the ball down to his full-back. As confident as you like it from the Club Brugge keeper!
69' Vormer was looking unlikely to play tonight due to injury but his addition has been huge for the visitors. The Brugge captain drew his side level early on and his presence in midfield has been noticeable all night.
67' Lazio are currently sat with 10 men behind the ball and seem content in letting the visitors control the possession. Vormer tries to play through Vanaken but the later is offside.
64' Correa strikes at goal from the edge of the Club Brugge penalty area after lovely play from Immobile but his effort is straight at Mignolet. 
63' Club Brugge have won their final group stage match in just one of their previous seven Champions League campaigns (D2 L4), beating Ajax 2-1 in 2003-04. That record will be extended unless the visitors can produce a minor miracle here in Rome. 
61' Vanaken takes on two Lazio defenders and tries to play the ball across goal but his attempted pass is blocked out for a corner. Great play from the midfielder. The set-piece is delivered but the referee blows for a foul on Immobile and the pressure is relieved. 
59' De Ketelaere is cutting a very lonely figure for the away side. Due to Sobol’s dismissal, Club Brugge are sitting in a 4-4-1 formation in the second half with their striker looking very isolated.
57' BIG SAVE! Lazio are pushing for a third and Immobile goes close. The striker is played behind the Club Brugge defence and strikes from a very tight angle. Mignolet stands strong though and keeps his close-range attempt out.
55' Milinkovic-Savic lets fly from the resulting set-piece but his right-footed shot from 30 yards out is high and wide. 
54' Lazio grab another free-kick in a dangerous position as Balanta handles the ball just outside the Club Brugge box. 
52' It’s clear that Lazio boss Inzaghi has told his team to take their time in this second half. The Italian side are playing it calmly around the back and are patiently waiting for an opening in the Club Brugge defence.
50' CHANCE! Lazio build up the play well and Milinkovic-Savic threads a ball through to Correa. The forward strikes first time with his right foot from 20 yards out but his effort just misses the far post.
48' There’s plenty of time still to go tonight but with Dortmund losing to Zenit in the other Group F match being played in Russia – Lazio are currently top of the group.
Ş. Radu
W. Hoedt
46' Radu replaces Hoedt after half-time for Lazio. The man on loan from Southampton was booked in the first half and won't be risked in the second. 
46' Both sides are back out on the field and the second half begins!
You’d imagine that Lazio will choose to hit the away side on the break in the second half given their man advantage after Sobol's dismissal. The hosts' strength in depth on the bench will come in handy as well as they look to see out this crucial victory.
An exciting first half comes to a close with Lazio leading Club Brugge 2-1. Goals from Correa and Immobile either side of a Vormer strike give the Italian outfit the advantage at the break. Club Brugge need to win tonight in this vital Champions League clash but the dismissal of Sobol just prior to the break will make that extremely difficult for the visitors.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: LAZIO 2-1 CLUB BRUGGE.
45' There'll be an additional one minute of added time played here in the first half. That doesn't seem enough given all the action!
44' Deli will play at centre-back as Ricca pushes over to the left full-back position. It’ll be a difficult task for the away side to qualify from this position.
S. Deli
N. Lang
42' Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement responds to that red card by replacing Lang with Deli. That's tough on the forward who has been the visitors' best man in the opening 40 minutes of play. 
41' The heavens have well and truly opened in Rome. As the rain lashes down, Alberto tries to find Immobile with a through-ball but Ricca does well to read the play.
39' OFF!!!! Sobol gets his second yellow. The full-back fouls Lazzari down the right wing and finally receives his marching orders. It’ll be an uphill battle from here for Club Brugge.
W. Hoedt
Yellow Card
36' Hoedt pulls De Ketelaere back off the ball as the forward tries to latch on to a pass just outside the Lazio penalty area. 
35' Sobol is a very lucky man to still be on the pitch. After picking up a yellow card in the second minute of the match, the full-back clearly upends Lazzari and in truth, should receive his marching orders.
33' Club Brugge have largely controlled the possession since that second Lazio goal. Diatta floats a ball towards De Ketelaere in the Lazio box but Hoedt does very well to clear the danger.
31' Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has scored eight goals in his nine Champions League starts, netting five goals in his four appearances in the competition this season.
29' Another big Club Brugge response is needed here in Rome to try and fight back in this vital Champions League clash. Remember – the Belgian side can only qualify for the first knock-out round with a win tonight.
C. Immobile
Penalty Goal
27' GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! 2-1. IMMOBILE!!!! Lazio’s captain steps up to the task in hand and smashes the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of Mignolet’s net. The Belgian keeper dives the other way and Lazio retake the lead.
27' PENALTY TO LAZIO!! Immobile charges down the left wing and is felled by Mata just inside the box. The referee points straight to the spot.
25' The ball is whipped in but De Ketelaere does well to clear the danger with a header at the back post. Club Brugge then counter and Vormer shoots from 30 yards out – his effort sails harmlessly over Reina’s crossbar, however.
24' Lazio win a free kick in a very dangerous position as Balanta fouls Alberto. This could be a big chance for the hosts to retake the lead.
23' Balanta is playing such a vital role tonight for the visitors. The Colombian midfielder is anchoring Brugge’s midfield and playing in a deeper role in order to protect their back line. Already tonight he has regained possession for his side a number of times.
21' CLOSE!! Club Brugge nearly take the lead! Lang collects the possession and feeds De Ketalaere on the right who cuts inside and nearly bends a sweet left-footed shot from 30 yards into the far bottom corner.
18' Play has settled for the last few minutes after those two early goals. Lazio are just playing it around their defence to bring the tempo of this match down.
R. Vormer
Goal
15' GOOOAAAALLLLLL!!! 1-1. VORMER!!! What a response from the visitors!! Lang cuts inside from the left wing and shoots from 25 yards. His effort bounces off the pitch and Reina spills whilst stooping to collect the attempt. It’s an easy finish for Vormer who follows up the play and emphatically tucks it away with his right foot from close range. Game on!
J. Correa
Goal
12' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!! 1-0. CORREA!!!! Lazio get the early breakthrough. Alberto breaches the Brugge backline and shoots for the far corner from 20 yards. Mignolet gets down well and keeps out the first attempt but the ball is only parried as far as Correa who pounces from close range.
12' If Lazio avoid defeat, they will remain unbeaten in a Champions League group stage for the first time since 1999-00 (first group stage), while this will also be the first time they’ve reached the knock-out stages of the competition since that campaign.
10' Already tonight Alberto has picked up the ball in midfield and really driven at the Club Brugge backline. The Spaniard offers Lazio so much creativity going forward, and any breakthrough is likely to involve him at some point in the build-up.
8' Neither side has really got going as of yet in the opening seven or eight minutes of this match. With qualification on the line, expect a cagey affair. Club Brugge in particular will look to hit their Italian opponents on the counter-attack tonight.
6' First chance of the evening falls for the hosts as Milinkovic-Savic rises above his man and heads goalward. His effort from 15 yards is straight at Mignolet though who collects with ease.
4' The rain is pouring down in Rome tonight and as a result, the conditions are not favourable for either side. The ball is zipping off the surface and both goalkeepers and defences will have to be alert throughout this vital Champions League match to avoid any major errors.
E. Sobol
Yellow Card
2' Sobol recieves a very, very early yellow card for dragging down Immobile who was on the break for the hosts. 
1' Referee Cuneyt Cakir blows his whistle and we’re under way here at Stadio Olimpico in Rome!
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick-off is just moments away.
Club Brugge are winless in their last four away games against Italian opponents in European competition (D1 L3), while they were beaten by five goals on their last such trip – 0-5 v Napoli in the UEFA Europa League in September 2015. They’ll be hoping to turn that record around tonight.
Club Brugge come into this vital clash with no new injury concerns so boss Philippe Clement opts for his strongest starting XI. As a result, Ricca and Kossounou take their place in central defence in front of Mignolet in goal. In midfield, Balanta starts alongside captain Vormer and star man Vanaken whilst 19-year-old De Ketalaere leads the line for the visitors. Rits returns to the bench after serving his recent suspension.
Lazio come into this crucial Champions League clash on the back of a 2-1 win at Spezia in Serie A on Saturday. Manager Simone Inzaghi is forced into a change in defence as Patric was injured in that match so Felipe joins Hoedt and Acerbi in the back three. Leiva anchors the midfield with Milinkovic-Savic and Alberto playing either side of the ex-Liverpool man through the middle whilst talisman and captain Immobile starts up front alongside Correa.
CLUB BRUGGE SUBS: Ethan Horvath, Simon Deli, David Okereke, Youssouph Badji, Ignace Van Der Brempt, Thomas Van den Keybus, Siebe Schrijvers, Mats Rits, Emmanuel Bonaventure, Brandon Mechele.
CLUB BRUGGE (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Clinton Mata, Odilon Kossounou, Federico Ricca, Eduard Sobol; Eder Balanta, Hans Vanaken, Ruud Vormer; Krepin Diatta, Charles de Ketelaere, Noa Lang.
LAZIO SUBS: Thomas Strakosha, Marco Alia, Andreas Pereira, Djavan Anderson, Marco Parolo, Nicolo Armini, Gonzalo Escalante, Felipe Caicedo, Stefan Radu, Danilo Cataldi, Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro, Mohamed Fares.
LAZIO (3-5-2): Pepe Reina; Luiz Felipe, Wesley Hoedt, Francesco Acerbi; Manuel Lazzari, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Adam Marusic; Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile.
A huge Champions League decider is in store tonight as the Belgian champions travel to Rome to face off with a largely inconsistent - but still unbeaten in European competition - Lazio side. The hosts know that a draw or better would see them qualify for the first knock-out round of Europe’s most elite competition whilst Club Brugge arrive in Italy knowing that only a win would push them into second spot in the group this evening.
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