Lazio squeezed past Parma 3-2 in stoppages after some chaotic defending in an Olimpico thriller.
This was a head-to-head for Europa League spots with five points separating them going into the half-empty Stadio Olimpico, as fans continued their protest against President Claudio Lotito. Cristian Ledesma was suspended with Lucas Biglia, Andre Dias, Bruno Pereirinha and Ederson injured, so Lorik Cana moved into midfield. Parma’s 17-round unbeaten club record ended at Juventus on Wednesday and Amauri picked up a three-match ban, while Gabriel Paletta, Walter Gargano and Nicola Pozzi missed out.
Edy Reja’s problems got even worst within the opening 11 minutes, as Diego Novaretti limped off for Michael Ciani. Stefano Mauri failed to make the most of a poor Dias Felipe backpass, firing off target, after a Cana long-range effort was deflected.
Lazio took the lead when Abdoulay Konko burst down the right and pulled back, Antonio Mirante got a touch and Senad Lulic was ready to side-foot home at the back post.
Ezequiel Schelotto and Jonathan Biabiany acrobatic attempts failed to find the net, while Federico Marchetti rushed off his line for a one-handed save on Schelotto when he had run on to a Cassano through ball.
Parma did draw level moments later, as Cassano’s snapshot was beaten away by Marchetti, but only into the path of Biabiany, who was able to bundle over the line by first flicking it over the goalkeeper and then nodding in.
Cana was booked for a crunching tackle on Cassano and Marco Parolo drilled the resulting free kick wide.
Parma were increasingly confident and Biabiany turned to fire over the bar. Alessandro Lucarelli went into the book and will be suspended against Napoli next week.
It was mainly the visitors taking control as the game went on. Cassano got down the left and forced a save out of Marchetti.
Lazio wasted a golden opportunity on the counter-attack when it was three against one, as Lulic was selfish and went for goal himself, Felipe deflecting the shot just enough to allow Mirante a reaction save.
The hosts did restore their advantage with Klose, who ran on to a Lulic through ball and kept his cool to place the finish past Mirante with the inside of his right foot.
Keita Balde Diao just failed to get on the end of a Stefan Radu cross-shot, but Lazio managed to score a shocking own goal.
A ball looped into the air and Cassano didn’t seem to know where it had landed, but Ciani’s attempt to get it under control only resulted in prodding it between Marchetti’s legs from point-blank range. It was a howler.
The Aquile were shell-shocked and Parma almost went in front soon after, as Gianni Munari turned a free header inches wide from Cristian Molinaro’s cross.
Raffaele Palladino wasted another great chance, hesitating to take his shot from six yards until Ciani was able to close him down.
In stoppages Mirante stuck out a foot to parry from Keita in a one-on-one at the near post, but Lazio did restore their advantage at the last gasp.
Keita got down the left and pulled back for the totally unmarked Antonio Candreva, whose half-volley from 10 yards bounced past Mirante.