Lazio dominated the first half, missed a penalty and hit the woodwork four times in an ultimately tight 2-1 win away to Bologna.
The Aquile had lost only one match all season between Serie A, Europe and the Italian Super Cup, but were missing Wallace, Dusan Basta and Felipe Anderson. Bologna had to do without Rodrigo Palacio, Vasilis Torosidis, Saphir Taider, Ibrahima Mbaye and suspended Giancarlo Gonzalez, so Mattia Destro got a rare start.
It took only a handful of minutes to break through, as Senad Lulic rolled in a cross from the left and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic swung his boot at it from 12 yards.
Lazio really should’ve made it 2-0, but Ciro Immobile hit the near post from a tight angle after skipping past Antonio Mirante.
Adam Masina also brought down Milinkovic-Savic for a penalty, but Immobile blasted it on to the upright.
The second goal was only delayed, as Mirante ran out to meet a long Luis Alberto pass over the top, but mistimed his intervention and Senad Lulic nodded into an empty net.
Lazio went on to rattle the frame of the goal on another two occasions before half-time, first with Luis Alberto’s through ball that found Immobile, an angled drive deflected by Mirante on to the outside of the far post.
On the resulting Luis Alberto corner, Lucas Leiva got a glancing header on to the upright. Bologna were riding their luck, but also lost Godfred Donsah to injury.
The game changed completely after the restart, as fatigue started to take its toll on the Aquile. Lulic was unlucky to put through his own net as he tried to anticipate Erick Pulgar on a Simone Verdi low cross from the left.
Suddenly, Bologna were pouring forward, Masina nodding a free kick just wide and a series of crosses into the box. In stoppages, Marco Parolo wasted the chance to secure the victory, turning an Immobile assist wide.
With practically the last kick of the game, Okwonkwo forced a save out of Thomas Strakosha.
Missed penalty: Immobile 19 (L)