Lazio beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 with their defensive efficiency, an orderly game, led by the technique of the Spanish Luis Alberto, and culminated by the great “ex” of the day, a Ciro Immobile who scored a goal and gave another, in the first day of group F of the Champions League.
On his return to the top continental competition thirteen years later, Lazio by coach Simone Inzaghi knocked Dortmund down in the Roman Olympic stadium, pushed by goals from Immobile, from Ivorian Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro and an own goal from Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz .
The Italian team led Group F with three points, tied with Brugge, Dortmund and Zenit, which closed the standings with zero points.
The Champions League anthem transformed Lazio – who started the league season in a very negative way, with just one win in four games and a resounding 3-0 setback suffered on Saturday against Sampdoria – against Dortmund far from their best level.
Six minutes were enough for the Italian team to unbalance the match. The Argentine Joaquín Correa offered a great low pass to Immobile, who played for Dortmund in the 2014-2015 season, who controlled with his right and beat the Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz with an elegant touch of his left foot.
There was no lack of chances on both sides of the field, but Lazio showed more aggressiveness compared to a Dortmund who had trouble giving rhythm to his explosive trident, in which the Englishman Jadon Sancho, the German Marco Reus and the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland , who has already scored four goals in four Bundesliga games, had no chances in a lackluster first half.
And Lazio’s superiority emerged in the 23rd, when Luis Alberto, always fearsome when launching corner kicks, hung a ball from a corner that, headed by Brazilian Luiz Felipe, ended up at the bottom of the net for 2- 0. The last touch was however from goalkeeper Hitz, so the target was signed as an own goal.
Dortmund’s best chances were for the Portuguese Raphael Guerreiro, who forgave a heads-up with 1-0 on the scoreboard, and the Belgian Thomas Meunier, who forgave the target that would cut distances at the edge of the break.
Dortmund needed to change their attitude and the Swiss coach Lucien Favre opted to remove the young English talent Jude Bellingham, just 17 years old, to make way for the American Giovanni Reyna and the Polish Lukas Piszczek for the German Julian Brandt.
Dortmund left the defense of three to move to a line of four, with up to five offensive-minded players. A forced bet, but ambitious, that increased the danger of his team and that favored the 1-2 target, signed with a great left-footed shot by Haaland (m.70).
But they also increased the spaces to the counterattack and Lazio did not waste them. In 76, Immobile entered the penalty area and hung a cross so that Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro, who had just replaced the Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, could put the ground back in the middle with the 3-1.
Everyone ran to embrace a player who was recruited this summer from Salernitana, another club owned by the lacial president, Claudio Lotito, in his full debut in the Champions League.
The Champions League could not have started better for Lazio, which leads the group with three points alongside Brugge, with Dortmund and Zenit closing the standings with zero points.