Lazio come from behind to clinch Champions League place

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile celebrates his goal against Cagliari. (AP pic)

ROME: Lazio claimed a Champions League place as Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile won the game for them in a 2-1 victory against Cagliari 2-1 on Thursday to end a five-match winless run.

Giovanni Simeone gave Cagliari a halftime lead but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic equalised two minutes after the break and Immobile netted on the hour with his 31st goal of the season.

Lazio, fourth with 72 points, clinched the final Italian place in the Europe’s elite club competition next season as they returned to the Champions League after a 13-year absence.

With three games left to play, Lazio still have a mathematical chance overhauling leaders Juventus, who lost 2-1 at Udinese earlier on Thursday and have 80 points.