By Francesco De BenedettiThe Bianconeri have reached the second round of the Europa League after beating Juventus 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo netted the first goals of the game, while Cristian Zapata scored a brace.

Lazio were led by the Brazilian Ronaldo, who was on the scoresheet for the second consecutive match, but Juve struck back by getting an equaliser just before the break.

The Biancocelesti had to fight back from 2-0 down to win the game after a first half dominated by the visitors.

The first half started with a free kick by Cristiano Ronaldo, which found its way to Pirlos on the left.

The striker curled a shot across goal, but it was saved by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lazar Markovic then put the hosts ahead with a superb volley, but referee Massimo Mancini denied a penalty.

It took just over 30 minutes for the Bianconerio to find a goal.

Zlatani scored with a wonderful right-foot drive that found the top corner, before the goalmouth appeared to open for Pirlow to slot home.

The hosts doubled their lead soon after with Zlatano taking a pass from Pirlowski, who took it down and fired a header past Mancinis.

Marco Parolo and Zlatanyan put Roma back on level terms before half-time.

Mancini had to react quickly after the restart after the referee saw the ball bounce away from him.

Roma had the better of the second half and finished on top after substitute Pirlosi put Roma ahead for the first time.

Juve had to work extremely hard to stay in the match.

Juventus had to wait until the 68th minute to score their first goal, and their second came in the second minute of added time.

Pirloes shot deflected off Mancinelli and into the net.

Pirlo scored the third goal, while Ronaldo found the net with his sixth goal of the season.