Lazio was coming into their match against ACF Fiorentina, fighting for a UEFA Champions League spot. Simone Inzaghi’s side found themselves five points from fourth place, and after a difficult start, Lazio still had a chance to play in Europe’s top competition next season. 

Fiorentina is at the bottom half of the table, and so the Rome-based club had an opponent that they should beat. Nonetheless, that wasn’t the case. Lazio’s Champions League hopes for 2020-21 seem to have died in Florence Saturday night. 

The culprit for Lazio having their European dreams crushed is 20-year-old Dušan Vlahović, who scored both goals in Fiorentina’s 2-0 victory over the Biancocelesti.

After the match, Vlahović spoke into the microphones of DAZN (via Lazio News) to discuss his performance against Lazio. 

We showed how important this match was for us. Everything we had inside came out. We are proud to have won this match. We have shown that we can play against everyone, even against a strong team like Lazio. 

Talking about Immobile is difficult for me; he is a great player who has scored many goals. I was very motivated, and I wanted to prove something.

I’m at the beginning of my career and I haven’t done anything yet, I hope to reach his quota of goals.

For Lazio to play in the Champions League next season, they’ll need more luck than what they already required, plus winning all their matches. They can not afford to drop any more points. Even with all this, their chances of finishing top-four are slim after their loss to Fiorentina.