Lazio’s crisis went from bad to worse, as they were defeated 1-0 and leapfrogged in the table by Torino.
The Biancocelesti were in crisis after just four draws from six rounds, no away victories all season in Serie A and an absentee list that included Miroslav Klose, Stefan Radu and Alvaro Gonzalez. They went into the match just one point behind Toro and hadn’t won this fixture since 2008. Fans protested after a 4-2 defeat to Napoli and speculation continued that Vladimir Petkovic would not last beyond Christmas.
Omar El Kaddouri pulled out in the warm-up to make way for Danilo D’Ambrosio. Lorik Cana’s free header hit the upright in the opening minutes, though the referee had already stopped play for a push.
Migjen Basha got in front of Hernanes only to turn the free header well over and Toro took the lead with a chaotic move.
A free kick was chipped into the box, where Lazio’s defence stood watching as D’Ambrosio’s poor first touch turned into an assist for Kamil Glik to prod home from six yards.
Federico Marchetti denied Alessio Cerci a second moments later as again the Biancocelesti were struggling down their left flank.
Daniele Padelli got down quickly for a one-handed save on Lucas Biglia’s strike from distance, but they introduced Keita Balde to provide a more attacking threat for the second half.
Hernanes blasted inches over the crossbar, Padelli palmed away a Senad Lulic deflected cross and Lazio pinned Toro back into their own half. Sergio Floccari curled just over the far top corner, failing to make the most of a Glik error.
Cerci fired straight at Marchetti from an Alex Farnerud assist, then the Italy international wasted another great chance on the counter from a Lazio corner when the ball bounced awkwardly.
Padelli got down to deny an Antonio Candreva effort and managed to push it away from the on-rushing Brayan Perea too.