Lazio’s Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is delighted to have scored his third Europa League goal in front of the Biancocelesti fans as they defeated Saint Etienne 3-2 on Thursday.
Onazi told Lazio Style Channel that he was so happy that the goal came on a day Nigeria celebrated 55 years of independence.
He was also quick to admit that Lazio must perform better than last season both in the Serie A and the Europa League.
“It is necessary to make a difference for the team. If I get an opportunity to play from the coach, I am ready to play but I’m happy to score my first goal in the Olympic stadium and whenever the team needs me to do something more,”
The Nigerian international making his 21st appearance in the competition for the Biancocoleste restored parity for the hosts in the 22nd minute when he blasted home an half volley after Felipe Anderson deflected cross to restore parity in the 22nd minute.
Mustapha Bayall who was later sent off in the 72nd minute had given the visitors a sixth minute lead.
“It was a difficult game, against a strong team.
“My joy? It is referring to the feast of my country, today is the anniversary of his birth. I do charity for God, for those who do not have to eat at home, clothes, shoes. If you are important, in your own way you need to help the less privilege, ”
Onazi also wrote on twitter; “Three points in the bag with one goal for my beloved #NigeriaAt55. Thanks to our fans! #ForzaLazio,”
Wesley Hoedt and Lucas Bigla were other scorers for Lazio on the night.
Onazi who was yellow carded in the 25th minute was replaced in the 74th minute by Danilo Cataldi.
With this win, Lazio are tied on the same four points with Michael Babatunde’s Dnipro but with a superior goal difference to the Ukrainian side who defeated Rosenburg by a lone goal in the other fixture in the group.
Both teams have four points each from two games.