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Late Immobile heroics send Lazio top of the group 

Celtic's European hopes terminated frustratingly after substitute Ciro Immobile's late brace denied them what would have been a creditable tie with Lazio.

Celtic’s European hopes terminated frustratingly after substitute Ciro Immobile’s late brace denied them what would have been a creditable tie with Lazio.

Celtic’s European Hopes Diminished

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic faced a crucial match, needing a win to keep their hopes alive for Champions League progression or a consolation spot in the Europa League. Despite displaying resilience in Rome, the Scottish side struggled to create scoring opportunities.

Immobile’s Quality Seals Lazio’s Victory

Lazio, too, had a challenging evening but ultimately relied on the quality of striker Immobile. In the 82nd minute, the Italian striker capitalized on a deflected Gustav Isaksen cross, beating Joe Hart. 

Immobile further exploited a defensive error, taking advantage of Liam Scales’ misjudgment to secure a second goal three minutes later.

Lazio’s Last-16 Confirmation and Celtic’s Fate

Lazio’s triumph was enough to secure their place in the last-16, confirmed after Atletico Madrid’s 3-1 victory against Feyenoord in Rotterdam. Consequently, Celtic’s upcoming encounter with Feyenoord in Glasgow will hold no significance for either side, marking the conclusion of the Scottish champions’ continental journey for this term.

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