Lazio got back on track after their Derby defeat, beating 10-man Catania 3-1 at the Olimpico.
The Biancocelesti were smarting from their 2-0 Rome Derby defeat at the weekend and it left them with other problems to contend with, ruling out Miroslav Klose, Stefan Radu, Giuseppe Biava, Abdoulay Konko, Lucas Biglia and Diego Novaretti with Andre Dias and Stefano Mauri suspended. Catania were struggling badly too with one point from four rounds. Both Bruno Pereirinha and Bruno Petkovic – no relation to Vladimir – received their Serie A debuts.
It took under four minutes to break through, as Mariando Andujar horribly spilled an Antonio Candreva free kick and Ederson turned in the rebound from six yards.
However, Lazio returned the favour with Lorik Cana kicking his clearance straight at Pablo Barrientos, enabling him to run into the box and go round the goalkeeper.
It was a crazy start to the game, as Andujar then palmed a deflected shot out from under the bar and on the resulting corner he parried with his body, while there were penalty appeals for a goalline clearance with an arm, though Pablo Alvarez’s arm was on the upright when Senad Lulic struck.
Cana’s glancing header from a free kick skimmed the back post and Candreva’s finish also whistled just wide from an Ederson counter-attack.
Senad Lulic put Lazio 2-1 up when pouncing on a Tiberio Guarente misplaced pass and surging forward to beat Andujar.
The game was wide open, as Candreva’s screamer and a Sergio Almiron overhead kick both skimmed the woodwork.
Eddy Onazi went on a mazy run and was on the very edge of the box when brought down by Bellusci for a second yellow card, leaving Chievo with 10 men.
Brayan Perea also received his Serie A debut for Lazio and fired over from distance, while Candreva’s effort was palmed over after pouncing on a poor Monzon pass.
Andujar beat away a Hernanes free kick with nobody able to take advantage of the follow-up. Hernanes did score in the final minutes with a daisy-cutter from distance.
Sent off: Bellusci 60 (C)