By beating Cagliari , Lazio have mortgaged fourth place in the standings but qualification for the Champions League is not yet certain. Here because.
There is a scenario that would exclude Lazio from the Champions League despite the fourth place in the standings.
The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, would be certain of qualification if they were to finish third or second.
In fact, if Roma were to win the Europa League and Napoli were to win the Champions League, Lazio fourth in the standings would be relegated to the Europa League.
It is a very complicated but not impossible combination. So Lazio will be able to celebrate their return to the Champions League, from fourth place, only after the elimination of Roma or Napoli from the European cups.
In the past it had never happened because the European cups were played at the same time as the championship and not after.
The Uefa regulations are clear, a maximum of five teams per country can qualify for the Champions League. As a rule there are four but if one were to get there thanks to success in a continental trophy it would still be fine.
So if only one between Rome and Naples were to triumph in Europe, Lazio's place would still be safe but if both were to triumph, they would go to the Biancocelesti's place.
Returning to today's game, Lazio won in comeback against Cagliari, definitively detached Roma, and secured fourth place in the standings (with the possibility of climbing even further positions. In fact the reasoning we have done so far is valid only in the event that Lazio should finish fourth).
Obviously the speech made for Lazio would be valid for any other team that should finish fourth in the standings.
Tonight Lazio played a bad first half, closed under a goal against Cagliari but then in the second half the biancocelesti were able to overturn the goal scored by Simeone with the markings of Milinkovic and Immobile.
With this success, Lazio are sure to close the season in the top four of the league while Cagliari was already satisfied with the salvation they had won in the previous rounds.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano