Luis Alberto and Felipe Caicedo got the goals for a comfortable Lazio victory, ruining the return of Roberto D’Aversa to the Parma bench.
The Ducali fired Fabio Liverani after scraping three draws in eight rounds, including four consecutive defeats, and recalled D’Aversa. Gervinho returned from injury, but Yann Karamoh, Juraj Kucka, Riccardo Gagliolo, Alberto Grassi and Simone Iacoponi were out. Lazio missed Thomas Strakosha, Joaquin Correa, Mohamed Fares and Senad Lulic.
Simon Sohm fired over from a promising position for the hosts, while Ciro Immobile only struck the side-netting, but Pepe Reina had to perform a stunning reaction save on the Andreas Cornelius header from Jasmin Kurtic’s cross.
Felipe Caicedo forced a tough save from Luigi Sepe too, but Valenti’s thigh strain added to the Parma injury crisis.
Immobile’s scorcher skimmed the bar, then he sprung the offside trap to go around the goalkeeper, but the angle narrowed too much and he could only find the side-netting.
Lazio missed an absolute sitter on a set play when Francesco Acerbi managed to turn wide of an open goal, despite Sepe flapping aimlessly at the corner.
Moments later, the Aquile did get their goal, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic winning it back in midfield, Manuel Lazzari rolling across for relatively undisturbed Luis Alberto to sweep home from 12 yards.
Luis Alberto should’ve had another moments later when sent clear by Immobile, but curled wide of the far post.
Felipe Caicedo scored one of the easiest goals of his career, as it was set up on a silver platter. Milinkovic-Savic completed the give-and-go with Immobile and the delicate dink committed the goalkeeper, allowing Caicedo to tap into an empty net.
The Andreas Pereira daisy-cutter flashed just wide, but Lazio seemed content to do the bare minimum, preserving energy ahead of the Rome Derby.
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