Gimenez Scores Two In Feyenoord Champions League Victory Against Lazio

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Feyenoord defeated Lazio 3-1 on Wednesday, taking the lead in Group E of the Champions League courtesy of goals from Ramiz Zerrouki and Santiago Gimenez of Mexico.

Gimenez’s attempt for the Dutch champs was disallowed in the 25th minute following a VAR review, but he had another opportunity five minutes later after Mats Wieffer’s pass went into the upper corner of Ivan Provedel’s net.

After Edson Alvarez for Ajax against Lille in 2019, Gimenez became the second Mexican player to score on his debut in Europe’s premier club competition.

Before the half, Feyenoord, the 1970 European Champions, increased their lead to 2-0 when midfielder Calvin Stengs cut inside and found Algerian international Zerrouki to score.

Goalie Justin Bijlow stopped attempts from Mattia Zaccagni and Manuel Lazzari as Maurizio Sarri’s team attempted to rally.

After Marcos Lopez fouled Valentin Castellanos and Pedro Rodriguez converted the penalty kick seven minutes from time, Gimenez scored his second goal on a rebound of Quinten Timber’s attempt in the 74th minute. However, Lazio managed a consolation goal.

With six points, Feyenoord leads Group E by one over Atletico Madrid, who drew 2-2 with Celtic, and by two over Lazio. On November 7, the Dutch team plays the Italians once more in Rome.