Despite having Mauricio sent off after six minutes, Ogenyi Onazi’s Lazio kept their cool to beat Rosenborg 3-1 at home in their match day 3 fixture of the UEFA Europa League.
Mauricio’s sending off forced the exit of the Nigerian international as he was sacrificed for centre-half Santiago Selak 11 minutes into the game.
It was a fiery start, as within three minutes the Aquile had hit the woodwork twice in a single move. First Wesley Hoedt’s header from a corner hit the bar, then the Stefano Mauri rebound also struck the frame of the goal.
However, Lazio went down to 10 men after a disastrous double error from Mauricio. His first touch was heavy and he tried to recover by hacking down Jorgen Skjelvik when clear on goal. The referee considered it a clear scoring opportunity and it was a straight red card.
Antonio Candreva placed a smart through ball for Alessandro Matri who did well to time his run perfectly to fire past the goalkeeper. Rosenborg almost equalized with a Santiago Gentiletti error, but Etrit Berisha got his fingertips to the Skjelvik angled drive and turned it on to the inside of the far post.
Lazio had the kind of quality in attack that Rosenborg lacked and made the most of it to double their lead when Matri rolled the ball across for Felipe Anderson to pass into the near bottom corner. Rosenborg got back into the game when Skjelvik’s cross found Soderlund who rose above the Lazio defense to head home for 2-1.
But the home side responded well this time from the spot after Stefan Radu fell under a nudge from Yann-Erick de Lanlay with the refereepointing to the spot. Candreva’s spot-kick was well saved, but he was able to turn in the rebound.
Soderlund had the chance to complete his brace after a clumsy Abdoullay Konko tackle on Bjordal, but Etrit Berisha brilliantly saved his penalty.
The Italians now lead Group G with seven points, as St-Etienne earned a shock 1-0 win away to Dnipro.