Lazio certainly made it hard for themselves, but they will be traveling to Transylvania with an advantage.
Just 15 minutes into I Biancocelesti’s first-ever Europa Conference League match, their quest for silverware looked to be falling apart when Patric was sent off for a last-man foul.
However, the Italian side still managed to battle to a 1-0 victory, thanks to talisman Ciro Immobile, who spectacularly volleyed home Felipe Anderson’s free-kick in first half stoppage time.
So, will Maurizio Sarri’s team now complete the job in Romania?
Lazio are currently fifth in Serie A, just two points below A.C. Milan, following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Salernitana.
Of course, a top four finish in important, but the last-ever Cup Winners’ Cup champions of 1999 would also love to recapture some continental silverware.
CFR Cluj meantime beat Lazio 2-1 at home in 2019, ultimately knocking the Italian side out of the Europa League in the group phase.
So, Dan Petrescu’s team will believe a comeback is possible, as the Railwaymen seek to win a knockout phase tie for the first time, with this their third attempt.
Will Lazio’s quality see them to victory at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu?
CFR Cluj team news
Ciprian Deac could be the Romanian champions’ main goal threat, having scored nine goals in Europe for the club since the start of the 2019/20 season.
Left-back Mário Camora will make his 463rd appearance for Cluj, extending his club record.
Lazio team news
Patric’s red card in the first leg means he’s suspended, while fellow defenders Alessio Romagnoli and Ștefan Radu are injured.
In better news, Luka Romero is available again, after serving his one-match ban a week ago.
Pedro has won 25 major trophies in his career, including three Champions Leagues and the Europa League, so will he complete the set with this competition?
Ciro Immobile is already Lazio’s record goal-scorer of all-time, on 193 and counting, including the winner in the first leg and then two more on Sunday.
Midfielders Marcos Antônio and Sergej Milinković-Savić were only on the bench in Salerno, but both will return here.