Ciro Immobile and Adam Marusic got the goals, as Lazio beat Parma 2-0 at the Olimpico, plus hit the woodwork again through Luis Alberto.
The Aquile needed a boost after back-to-back defeats against SPAL and CFR Cluj, having taken the lead in both only to lose 2-1. Juraj Kucka and Alberto Grassi were injured for Parma, while Yann Karamoh was allowed back on the bench despite a fine for being late to training this week.
Roberto Inglese fired wide on the counter within four minutes, but Lazio took the lead when Thomas Strakosha launched Luis Alberto, the through ball releasing Ciro Immobile for a precise angled drive. It was the Italian’s first Serie A home goal from open play since November 2018 against SPAL.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic almost made it 2-0 moments later, a ferocious strike skimming the upright, but Parma slowly got into the game.
Thomas Strakosha was almost caught out by a poor Luiz Felipe back-pass, then moments later rushed off his line to deflect Inglese’s finish over the bar one-on-one.
Joaquin Correa forced a save from the tightest of angles, a Luis Alberto free kick flashed past everyone and Tucu again tested Sepe at the near post.
At the dawn of the second half, Sepe flew to palm an Immobile rocket out from under the crossbar.
Luis Alberto tried to curl in directly from the corner flag on the hour mark and almost did it, as he was only denied by the near post.
Correa thought he’d scored with a well-worked team move, running on to Immobile’s back-heel flick, but a desperate defensive block turned it just wide.
Immobile, perhaps frustrated at that close call, was then absolutely furious when substituted and exchanged tense words with Coach Simone Inzaghi.
Moments later, Lazio doubled their lead. Milinkovic-Savic floated a ball over the top, the bounce surprising Bruno Alves and Giuseppe Pezzella, so Adam Marusic could fire in from a tight angle.
Marusic nearly made it a brace from an almost identical position, but this time Sepe was ready to beat it away.
It should’ve been 3-0 in the final minute, but Milinkovic-Savic pulled his finish across the face of goal after good work from Correa and Felipe Caicedo.
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