Start the adventure in defeat Europa League of the Lazio. In Istanbul, the Biancocelesti lose 1-0 with Galatasaray. On the dock the goalkeeper Strakosha who, with an incredible mistake, gives the Turks the winning goal in the 66th minute, sending a bell tower of Lazzari. Deserved victory for the hosts, who also hit a crossbar with Morutan (23 ‘). Biancocelesti dangerous with Luis Alberto and Milinkovic.
With few ideas and a victim of their own mistakes, Lazio wet their European debut with a bad defeat, confirming that the San Siro blow against Milan has not yet been reabsorbed. Strakosha’s duck is truly incredible, but Sarri has to worry above all about the lack of play and the few chances created by his team over the 90 ‘. So an ordered Galatasaray or a little more, wins the three points with full merit and thus leads the group E.
Turnover but not too much. Compared to the challenge with Milan, Sarri changes 4 owners: on the field Strakosha, Lazzari, Akpa Akpro and Zaccagni in place of Reina, Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic and Pedro. The Tuscan coach, who returns to the Europa League 841 days after the triumph in 2019 at the helm of Chelsea, holds on to the competition and in the pit of Istanbul fielded the best possible formation, considering the physical and mental strains of San Siro. Terim deploys his Galatasaray with a 4-2-3-1, with Dervisoglu winning the ballot with Diagne as the only striker.
The Biancocelesti are active and dangerous especially on the right wing with the Lazzari-Felipe Anderson tandem that puts Van Aanholt on the ropes. At 8 ‘the full-back launched at the net is spread just outside the area by Muslera: just the yellow for the great ex of the match. The following punishment does not bring any danger to the Turkish door. More dangerous Dervisoglu, whose left is deflected for a corner by Luiz Felipe in a crash. Unripe and his teammates keep the field well, even if they struggle in the restarts and fail to worry Muslera. So the most dangerous action of the first fraction is for the hosts in the 23rd minute, but Morutan’s splendid left foot hits the crossbar and then the ball bounces back onto the pitch with Strakosha hitting who breathes a sigh of relief. Few emotions in the first half, played on a fairly mild pace.
The second half opens with an opportunity for the Gala: Acerbi serves Luiz Felipe who is anticipated by Akturkoglu, the Turkish does not take advantage of it and Strakosha is saved from his foot. Luis Alberto gives the only signs of life in the 58th minute, but his low shot is rejected with an open hand by Muslera, then Marcao risks his own goal on Muriqi’s cross. After the hour of play, the hosts have two good opportunities in the space of a minute: before that Akturkoglu kicks to the side shortly after a good initiative by Morutan, then sees the insertion of Cicaldou, left a little to the side. At 66 ‘the episode that decides the challenge, when Strakosha trusts too much in his grip and sends a Lazzari bell tower to his door. A truly sensational mistake, which 5 ‘after Milinkovic-Savic could remedy it, but face to face with Muslera weakly kicks into the arms of the Uruguayan goalkeeper. Sarri also plays the Pedro and Basic cards, but the result does not change anymore. Indeed, it is the Turks who are close to doubling with Cicaldau, but Strakosha is careful this time (72 ‘). Unfortunately, he had set the omelette a few minutes earlier.
Morutan 7 – It lights up intermittently, but when it does it’s pains. Only the crossbar denies him the euro-goal in the first half, in the second half with a serpentine he drives the biancoceleste defense crazy, but Akturkoglu wastes badly.
Cicaldau 6.5 – Positive performance of the Romanian midfielder, one of the most active of his. Strakosha denies him the joy of scoring in the final.
Akturkoglu 5 – Comrades create and he wastes. He wastes badly in the opening of the second half, then throws the assist to the kiss from Morutan to the winds.
Strakosha 4 – The sensational own goal that gives three points to the Turks weighs like a boulder on his judgment. In the first half he is saved from the crossbar, good at saying no to Cicaldau in the second half but the omelette was now done.
Luis Alberto 5 – He never manages to turn on the light, he gives signs of life only at 58 ‘with a low shot rejected by Muslera. Really too little.
Immobile 5 – Not a great moment of form goes by and confirmation also comes from Istanbul. No shot on goal in the 56 ‘that Sarri gives him before exchanging it with Muriqi.
Galatasaray (4-2-3-1): Muslera 6.5; Yedlin 6, Marcao 6, Nelsson 6.5, Van Aanholt 5; Kutlu 6, Antalyali 6 (34′ st Emre Kilinc SV); Morutan 7 (40′ st Feghouli SV), Cicaldau 6.5 (45′ st Mohamed SV), Kerem Akturkoglu 5 (34′ st Babel sv); Dervisoglu 5.5 (45′ st Luyindama sv). Available: Cipe, Ozturk, Omer Bayram, Kaan Arslan, Atalay Babacan, Diagne. All.: Term 6
Lazio (4-3-3): Strakosha 4; Lazzari 6, Luiz Felipe 5.5, Acerbi 6, Hysaj 5.5; Akpa Akpro 5 (1 ‘st Milinkovic-Savic 5), Lucas Leiva 5.5 (38’ st Cataldi sv), Luis Alberto 5 (20 ‘st Basic 5.5); Felipe Anderson 6 (21 ‘st Pedro 5,5), Immobile 5 (11’ st Muriqi 5), Zaccagni. Available: Reina, Furlanetto, Marusic, Patric, Radu, Escalante, Raul Moro. All.: Often 5
Referee: Jug (Slovenia)
Markers: 22 ‘st aut. Strakosha (L)
Ammonites: Muslera (L), Akpa Akpro (L), Muriqi (L), Zaccagni (L)