Ciro Immobile bagged an early brace and left a penalty to Luis Alberto, as Lazio swept Udinese aside 3-0 for a sixth straight Serie A win.
The Biancocelesti were flying high in third place in Serie A and beat Cluj 1-0 on Thursday in the Europa League to keep very slim qualification hopes alive. Adam Marusic, Jordan Lukaku, Patric and Valon Berisha missed out, while Udinese under caretaker manager Luca Gotti had Mato Jajalo suspended and Ken Sema injured. Stefano Okaka returned from his ban.
Luis Alberto’s free kick was acrobatically fingertipped over by Juan Musso, but Lazio took the lead in contentious circumstances.
Udinese felt Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fouled at least one of their defenders in the build-up, as he then pulled back for Immobile to drill home from eight yards.
It should’ve been 1-1 soon after, but Ilija Nestorovski ballooned over the bar after a great Rolando Mandragora ball over the top allowed him to spring the offside trap.
Immobile’s diving header on a Manuel Lazzari pull-back was straight at Musso, but when Joaquin Correa burst into the box, he was scythed down by William Troost-Ekong. After viewing it on VAR, the referee awarded a penalty, converted by Immobile.
Correa was causing constant problems for the Udinese defence and was tripped again, this time by Bram Nuytinck, and Immobile left the penalty to Luis Alberto instead.
Lazio were still hungry after the break, Musso forced into a great save to keep out Senad Lulic’s downward header at the back post.
Correa was sent clear by Immobile on the counter, but his finish was deflected at the last second by Troost-Ekong.
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