Lazio’s two previous matches against Lokomotiv Moscow both ended in draws.
The Biancocelesti met the Russian side in the 1998/99 Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Finals, with the first leg taking place in the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.
That match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Georgian forward Zaza Janashia opening the scoring after 61 minutes to give Lokomotiv Moscow the lead. Lazio fired back after 16 minutes, with Croatian forward Alen Boksic netting the equaliser in the 77th minute, scoring a key away goal in the tie.
The second league in Rome was a more muted affair and neither team could break the deadlock, leaving the game to end 0-0. The Biancocelesti advanced to the finals on the away goals rule.
Lazio won the Cup Winners’ Cup final the following month, beating Mallorca 2-1 with goals from Christian Vieri and Pavel Nedved.
Lazio, on the other hand, disappointed in their opener and lost 1-0 to Galatasaray in Istanbul.