How did Immobile miss a goal like this in Bayern-Lazio: “This is the Champions League”

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How did Immobile miss a goal like this in Bayern-Lazio: “This is the Champions League”

The attacker's clumsy deflection is sensational: he had the ball on his head to change the fate of the match and the qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals, but he wasted it by committing an unforgivable technical error.

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The question that buzzes in your head and hammers inside you is only one: how did Ciro Immobile not score a goal like that against Bayern Munich ? In the first leg he was glacial from the spot, scoring the winning goal. Upon his return, the god of football, who had put the opportunity to make history on his head, had no mercy for that unforgivable mistake made a few steps from Neuer . Lazio's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals crumbled in the 37th minute of the first half when, with a sortie, Sarr 's team managed to make its way through the German defense and came close to scoring the goal that (perhaps) would have changed the fate of the match and the passing of the round.

The video clip sequence is a shock: the Biancocelesti's counterattack surprises the Bavarians, the ball reaches Zaccagni who has already seen Immobile do what he has to do: attack the opponent's penalty area, carve out the right space and time for the conclusion. The cross is calibrated but hits Matthijs de Ligt 's head: the deviation is an involuntary assist for the Lazio attacker, it dampens his trajectory and the force of the cross just enough to give the striker the ball to push only into the net .

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But the irreparable happens: Immobile makes a technical error, perhaps a rash choice, not like a true center forward. Instead of crossing the direction of the ball towards the opposite post, he twists his neck and tries the deflection towards the nearest post, the one to the left of Neuer, who is there, ready to intervene with his big hands. In his dive, the Lazio player gives the impression of barely caressing the ball, sensationally missing the target. He didn't have the only thing that can help you at that moment: killer instinct. Maybe he thought about it too much before the impact. Shortly afterwards the German goal arrives and the world collapses around Lazio (and Immobile).

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“This is the Champions League… when you play against superior opponents , the difference is made by the details and the episodes that you have to try to exploit, we didn't do that to them – Provedel's words -. In the first leg we talked about “Moreover, we made the most of the opportunities we had.”

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It is not a criticism aimed at Immobile but the photograph of what happened. And the numbers speak clearly in this regard. They are painful to watch: Lazio have never had a shot on Bayern's goal (zero, compared to the 7 fired by the Bavarians), in total there have been just 5 shots attempted (22 by Bayern). As for the attacker, he remained on the pitch for 61 minutes, touched 27 balls, and never had a shot on goal (zero). He had only one precious opportunity and he wasted it, ending his experience in the Champions League with 4 goals in 7 games overall this season. But he will hardly be able to get the best thing out of his head that he didn't manage to do.

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