Football Crotone stall Lazio's Champions League ambitions

Lazio were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Crotone on Sunday and now host Inter Milan next week in a decisive final day battle for Champions League football.

  • Published:
Lazio's supporters cheer on May 6, 2018 play

Lazio's supporters cheer on May 6, 2018

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Lazio were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Crotone on Sunday and now host Inter Milan next week in a decisive final day battle for Champions League football.

In the match of the day, Juventus are at Roma later Sunday in a clash which could see the Turin giants be crowned Serie A champions for a seventh consecutive season.

Juventus need just a point to seal the Scudetto even if second-placed Napoli lose at Sampdoria.

Roma, in third, are assured of their Champions League berth next season after Inter Milan lost 2-1 to Sassuolo at the San Siro on Saturday.

There was a lot at stake for both Lazio -- bidding to seal elite European action -- and Crotone who desperately needed a result to move away from the relegation zone.

Lazio have been hit by the injury of top Serie A scorer Ciro Immobile, but the Romans nevertheless took the lead when Senad Lulic converted a penalty on 17 minutes after he was fouled in the box by Mario Sampirisi.

Nigerian forward Simy grabbed the equaliser after half and hour for the southerners with Federico Ceccherini adding a second after the break.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic grabbed a point for Lazio six minutes from the whistle to leave their fortunes down to next week's showdown in the Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio are three points ahead of fifth-placed Inter and will go through with a draw.

A win would give Inter the berth and send Lazio into the Europa League.

"It's a big missed opportunity," said Lulic. "Now it's all the play for on the last day against Inter.

"We can make it, but it's a pity that we let in two goals today. We know what we have to do.

"Now we need to see whether any injured players come back. We deserve the Champions League, it would be a shame to throw it all away now."

Meanwhile, AC Milan who are sixth can assure their spot in the second-tier Europa League later Sunday with a win at rivals Atalanta, who are just one point below them.

Crotone are third from bottom, but five teams are involved in a battle to the wire to avoid joining Verona and Benevento in Serie B.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Video Watch Sergio Ramos reactions as Mohamed Salah left pitch with injurybullet
2 Jordan Ayew Ghanaian striker is 'seriously interesting' Scottish...bullet
3 Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich star could face up to ten years in jailbullet
4 Russia 2018 Will Mo Salah be fit to play in the 2018 World Cup?bullet
5 Ogya! Countryman Songo speaks for the first time since...bullet
6 UEFA Champiions League Loris Karius gets message of support...bullet
7 #UCL 138 partners Pulse Sports to give fans a Champions...bullet
8 UEFA Champions League Final Four superstitions in favour...bullet
9 Football Three things we learned from the Champions...bullet
10 Kwesi Nyantakyi CID Interrogation Sefa Kayi’s hint...bullet

Top Videos

1 Watch how Ghanaian youngster tore Barca's unbeaten run apartbullet
2 Video Watch the highlights of new Black Stars wonder kidbullet
3 Video Watch how Essien and his Chelsea legends suffered 4-1 defeatbullet
4 Video Watch highlights and goals of Black Stars new sensationbullet
5 Watch the six-goal thriller between Aduana Stars and Rajabullet
6 Didier Drogba Chelsea legend jams to Stonebwoy and Asamoah...bullet
7 The Real News with Akrobeto goes International, shows on...bullet
8 Video This is how Aduana Stars were humiliated in Algeriabullet
9 Long Shot Michael Essien's favourite goal for Chelseabullet
10 Video Watch how Hearts thrashed Kotoko eaxctly 18...bullet

Football