Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has been quoted by The Daily Mail as saying that referee Tobias Stieler ruined his side’s chances of beating Celtic on Thursday night – but the Serie A side’s boss has praised Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Celtic produced a magical night that Neil Lennon described as a close second to the 2-1 win over Barcelona in 2012. The Hoops came from behind to win 2-1 in the Stadio Olimpico, thanks to goals form James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham.
Manuel Lazzari’s stunning cross was turned in by Ciro Immobile, but Forrest equalised before the break with a thunderous effort from the angle. In injury time, Odsonne Edouard played in Ntcham, who chipped Thomas Strakosha.
The distain was clear to see on Inzaghi’s face, who is now under pressure in securing European football after Christmas for the Serie A side. He claimed referee Stieler was against Lazio, but applauded Forster’s performance.
“We hit the post, their 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 said.
TBR’s view – Did Celtic deserve their win against Lazio?
It was a very equal game, with both sides looking to win the match. Lazio had a spell immediately after Celtic’s equaliser, which saw Forster make a crucial save, Christoper Jullien clear one off the line and a header over the bar from eight yards.
Had Lazio scored, which was just before half-time, it would have knocked the stuffing out of Celtic – and Inzaghi would not feel the need to be bitter and complain towards the referee. It was a tight affair and a draw was the fairest resuly, but Celtic were more clinical.