Hernanes was inspirational for Lazio, scoring two great individual goals and creating another in the 3-1 hammering of Chievo for a record-setting third straight win.
Vladimir Petkovic becomes only the second Lazio Coach ever to start a season with three consecutive victories, achieved by the legendary Tommaso Maestrelli in 1974-75. The Biancocelesti have now won seven of their last eight trips to the Bentegodi.
Senad Lulic was only fit for the bech with Stefan Radu, Cristian Brocchi and Modibo Diakite sidelined, so Pedro Luis Cavanda had a rare start in defence. Chievo picked Jokic rather than Nicolas Frey and Alberto Paloschi remained on the treatment table.
In the opening 20 seconds Luciano almost got on the end of a flick-on, but Federico Marchetti managed to get control of it.
However, it was Lazio who broke through with a fantastic solo effort. Hernanes gathered in midfield and rode two challenges with the referee playing the advantage until he unleashed a long-range left-foot strike that bounced just in front of Stefano Sorrentino, ricocheting in off the inside of the post.
That was the first goal Chievo have conceded on home turf in over 500 minutes of football. Giuseppe Biava needed a clean tackle to stop David Di Michele in the box, while Miroslav Klose pulled back for Antonio Candreva’s charged down shot.
Chievo went close to an equaliser as Perparim Hetemaj’s right-foot strike skimmed the base of the upright.
They should’ve drawn level on 35 minutes when a double defensive howler from Biava and Andre Dias sent Di Michele clear on goal, but Federico Marchetti came flying out to parry the volley from point-blank range. Both defenders had nodded the ball back into their own penalty area.
Lazio survived that scare and doubled their advantage moments later. Hernanes left the Chievo players for dead with a wonderful turn in midfield and, when Sorrentino beat away his finish with an outstretched foot, Klose was ready to tap in the rebound.
Marchetti was at full stretch to flap a dangerous free kick off the feet of Cyril Thereau just before half-time.
Di Michele blasted over from distance on the half-volley, but Chievo were uninspired and threw on Marco Rigoni and Davide Moscardelli. Thereau dived for a free kick, but his head only skimmed the ball by inches. From the resulting corner, Bostjan Cesar was held back by Stefano Mauri as he too couldn’t quite steer it in from six yards.
Substitute Moscardelli went incredibly close, as a lucky bobble after springing the offside trap left him clear, but the angled drive scraped a coat of paint off the base of the far post.
Once again, Lazio punished Chievo for wasting an opportunity and did it in style. Hernanes was clearly having a great afternoon in Verona and went on am anazing run down the left flank, holding off Luca Rigoni until he got to the by-line and squeezed the finish across Sorrentino at the near post from the tightest of angles.
There was also time to give summer signing Ederson his Serie A debut for Lazio.
Chievo did get a chance to make it a less humiliating scoreline in the final minutes when the referee awarded a penalty for Klose’s shirt-tugging on Gennaro Sardo. Sergio Pellissier stepped up and coolly sent Marchetti the wrong way. It was the first Serie A goal Lazio have conceded this season.
Luciano had another penalty appeal for his shoulder-to-shoulder with Cavanda, but the referee was right to wave play on.