Lazio flattened Parma in no uncertain terms with four goals in the first half alone, including a Luis Alberto brace, to climb the standings.
The Aquile had to do without suspended top scorer Ciro Immobile, so Felipe Caicedo started with support from Joaquin Correa, but Parma missed Leo Stulac, Alberto Grassi, Antonino Barillà and Francesco Sierralta, plus banned Matteo Scozzarella. It was a big opportunity for Simone Inzaghi’s men to close on the leading pack, as Roma, Torino and Fiorentina had already lost this weekend.
Stefan Radu ran a big risk with his clumsy block on Roberto Inglese, but Lazio broke the deadlock with a well-worked move and some shaky goalkeeping.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic threaded through for Adam Marusic down the right, whose shot at the near post took Luigi Sepe by surprise to squirm in-between his hip and the upright.
Parma continued to shoot themselves in the foot with avoidable errors, because Iacoponi left an arm flailing to charge down a cross for an inevitable penalty. Sepe wasn’t exactly impressive here either, allowing the Luis Alberto spot-kick to squirm under his body.
Lazio took absolute control and Luis Alberto completed his brace for 3-0 with a precise daisy-cutter from the edge of the box into the near bottom corner.
It was one-way traffic, as just before the break a corner was taken short to the D for Senad Lulic to steer a low finish into the bottom corner and make it 4-0.
Correa stung Sepe’s gloves at the back post, but Parma got one back thanks to a howler from Patric, as Mattia Sprocati pounced on the error to score from a tight angle against his old club. It was his debut Serie A goal.
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