Lazio coach pays tribute to 'quality' Celtic after Europa League shock

Simone Inzaghi the manager of SS Lazio looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Celta de Vigo and SS Lazio at Estadio Balaidos on August 10, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

Olivier Ntcham's dramatic winner sealed a shock success for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic away at Simone Inzaghi's Serie A powerhouses Lazio.

Simone Inzaghi the manager of SS Lazio looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Celta de Vigo and SS Lazio at Estadio Balaidos on August 10, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

Simone Inzaghi has offered begrudging praise to Celtic after their famous win away at Lazio in Thursday’s dramatic Europa League clash at the Stadio Olimpico, hailing Neil Lennon’s side for showing character and determination right until the end, as reported by Sky Sports (7 November, 10:00pm), translated by Football Italia.

At the thirteenth time of asking, the Hoops finally beat an Italian team away from home for the first time in their European history. And they could hardly have done it in more dramatic fashion.

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With literally seconds left on the clock, Olivier Ntcham latched onto an Odsonne Edouard pass and clipped a gorgeous finish over the onrushing Thomas Strakosha to seal their place in the knockout stages with two games to spare.

 

Ntcham’s winner was just rewards for an excellent second half performance as Celtic, thanks to a James Forrest effort just before the interval, recovered from Ciro Immobile’s early opener.

Lazio coach Inzaghi was understandably despondent after the final whistle with his highly-rated Lazio side all-but out of the competition already but he still had some warm words to say about a Celtic side who conquered Rome in the most unexpected fashion.

“We go home with zero points from this match and we are probably out of Europe. It has to also be said, we did our fair share to trip ourselves up over the two games with Celtic, who are a quality side and to their credit never give up.”

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic FC scores goal 1-2 during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Lazio Roma and Celtic FC at Stadio Olimpico on November 7, 2019 in Rome, Italy.

“We hit the post, their (Fraser Forster) goalkeeper saved a lot and we also had the referee against us because at 1-1 there was a clear penalty for us that wasn't given to us so it could have changed the game,” Inzaghi added to the Mail.

Christopher Jullien headed home a late header as Celtic stunned Lazio 2-1 in Glasgow a fortnight ago but Ntcham’s winner came even later in proceedings as Lennon’s surprise stars did the double over one of the Europa League’s top sides.

Olivier Ntcham, Christopher Jullien and Odsonne Edouard of Celtic FC celebrate the victory after the UEFA Europa League group E match between Lazio Roma and Celtic FC at Stadio Olimpico on...

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