Lazio ended their crisis in real style, thrashing Bologna 6-0 with Miroslav Klose netting five of them.
Alvaro Gonzalez and Manolo Gabbiadini returned from suspension, but Giuseppe Biava and Archimede Morleo were now banned. Ederson, Stefano Mauri and Cristian Brocchi were injured for the hosts, while Gianluca Curci and Niccolo Cherubin missed out for the Rossoblu.
Lazio were in crisis, losing five of their last eight games to slip behind in the race for Europe, while Bologna had drawn five on the bounce and gave 19-year-old Austrian-Macedonian goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic his Serie A debut.
Sergio Floccari burst down the left and set up Miroslav Klose, but the German’s shot was charged down by Antonsson.
Klose did get his goal on 21 minutes, ending a nine-round drought. Antonio Candreva’s snapshot was parried into the path of the German international, though there were suspicions of offside.
Hernanes made it 2-0 with a stunning long-range strike, curling it in off the underside of the crossbar.
Floccari threatened a third with a screamer that thumped the frame of the goal and Candreva couldn’t quite steer the rebound on target.
It was one-way traffic in the first half, as Klose slotted past debutant Stojanovic on a rapid Senad Lulic counter-attack to make it 3-0.
The game was almost embarrassing and Klose completed his hat-trick when peeling away from Abero to tap in Abdoullay Konko’s low cross comfortably at the back post. It was his debut treble in a Lazio jersey.
Saphir Taider tried to get at least a consolation goal before the break, but his snapshot only skimmed the woodwork.
The situation really did not improve in the second half, as Klose was allowed a free header on Candreva’s cross at the near post from close range for his fourth of the game.
Incredibly for someone who had never even got a hat-trick for Lazio before, Klose netted his fifth of the match when running totally unmarked on to a generous Floccari ball across the face of goal.
Alessandro Diamanti’s left-foot screamer skimmed the bar and Federico Marchetti beat away a Christodoulopoulos effort, but the game was over before half-time.