Portuguese giants FC Porto have sealed a comeback win over Lazio to establish a 2-1 lead ahead of the second leg clash between the two teams at the StadioOlimpico next week Thursday. FC Porto and Lazio have been drawn together in one of the most exciting play-off ties in the Europa League this season.
For the play-off round, the eight teams who finished second in their Europa League group were drawn together with the eight teams who dropped down from the Champions League group stage. The eight winners will then face a draw in the last 16 of the competition alongside the eight winners from the Europa League group stage.
Hosts FC Porto dropped down from the Champions League group after finishing third behind Atletico Madrid and winners Liverpool in their group, while Lazio were second in their Europa League group.
Lazio took the lead in the first leg at the EstadioDragaoon Thursday night at the expense of home team Porto through Italian forward MattiaZaccagni midway into the first half. Spanish attacker Toni Martinez was a surprise starter in the Porto XI and he did well to turn the game on its head with a goal in each half. The first of his brace came in the 37th minute before he completed it four minutes after the restart to give his team a slender advantage ahead of the second leg.