A very late Lucas Biglia penalty gave Lazio victory over already-relegated Bologna.
The Biancocelesti had lost all hope of qualifying for the Europa League, as even finishing level sixth would see them fall behind in the head-to-head records. The atmosphere was even more dour than usual at the Stadio Olimpico, where Lazio fans continued their boycott of games in protest at President Claudio Lotito. Bologna supporters didn’t travel, as their relegation to Serie B was decided last week.
Eddy Onazi was suspended with Federico Marchetti, Stefano Mauri, Lorik Cana, Helder Postiga, Abdoulay Konko and Ederson sidelined. The visitors were decimated, as Panagiotis Kone, Rolando Bianchi, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Daniele Paponi sat out bans with numerous injuries to deal with too.
Antonio Candreva burst past Archimede Morleo and saw his fierce strike beaten away at the near post, while the goalkeeper also parried Keita Balde Diao’s effort.
Senad Lulic wasted a good opportunity when he slipped at the decisive moment. A free kick was touched on for Candreva’s absolute missile, stinging the goalkeeper’s gloves.
Candreva went even closer moments later, as he clipped the outside of the post. Straight after the restart, Bologna had a great double opportunity, but Etrit Berisha made two saves in quick succession on Davide Moscardelli and Ibson.
Rodriguez almost scored within minutes of his Serie A debut for Bologna, while Lazio youngster Tounkara also impressed.
Felipe Anderson burst into the box and was brought down by Morleo for a penalty deep into stoppages. Lucas Biglia took the honours and buried it under the bar.