Lazio forward Joaquin Correa played a key role in his side’s UEFA Champions League return group stage fixture against Club Brugge. The Argentine forward scored the opener for Lazio against Club Brugge, which was his second Champions League goal of the season.

More so for Correa and Lazio, the result clinched them a spot in the Champions League knockout stage for just the second time in the club’s history. Correa spoke about the result in comments noted by the Italian-based outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

What matters is that we passed. We suffered a little too much, but there are no easy games in the Champions League. This success that is what Lazio had been missing for too long. I am very happy for the goal and for the victory. We are a Champions team and now we are among the best.

The result for Lazio was far from effortless. Club Brugge clawed its way to a game-tying goal late in the second half. Another goal from the Belgian side would not only have given it the win in the fixture but also a spot in the Champions League knockout stage over Lazio. Correa touched on the arduous result for his side.

Surely it could have been closed earlier and we would have been safer. Ciro and I didn’t take any chances but the important thing was to bring Lazio back to the second round. We started immediately thinking of winning, maybe the management of the second half was not very good. But this is the Champions League and it is normal to suffer.

Lazio now looks ahead to the Champions League knockout stage draw on Monday.