Ciro Immobile scored on his comeback before Joaquin Correa squeezed in a finish from the tightest angle, as Lazio earned a 2-0 win in awful weather conditions in Crotone.
Immobile and Lucas Leiva returned, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luiz Felipe were ruled out by COVID-19, with Thomas Strakosha and Senad Lulic injured. Bottom of the table Crotone missed Salvatore Molina, Vladimir Golemic and suspended Sebastiano Luperto.
There were some doubts as to whether the game would go ahead, as there were torrential rainstorms and flash flooding in the area this morning. The pitch was in dreadful condition, the ball barely rolling and puddles splashing up everywhere.
The conditions gifted Immobile a huge chance when Alex Cordaz rushed outside the box and the ball got stuck in a puddle, but the striker too fired wide of an open goal.
Cordaz smothered a Joaquin Correa effort and Luis Alberto diving header, while Nwankwo Simy prodded millimetres wide from six yards.
Lazio were taking control and opened the scoring with Immobile in his first game since the COVID-19 lay-off, a diving header into the far bottom corner on Marco Parolo’s swerving cross from the right.
Cordaz was at full stretch to fingertip Parolo’s angled drive round the far post after Correa nutmegged Cuomo, but there was a big chance just before half-time.
Mohamed Fares nodded downwards at the back post, forcing a Cordaz reaction save and then the ball was cleared off the line by Marrone.
Correa forced a save from Cordaz at the base of the near post after the restart, and he got the second goal too. Tucu dribbled past Pedro Pereira and pulled it in from the tightest of angles, nutmegging the goalkeeper practically from the by-line.
Arkadiusz Reca tested Reina with a ferocious snapshot, while Adam Marusic couldn’t squeeze in from a tricky angle and substitute Felipe Caicedo hit the side-netting.
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