Lazio kept themselves in the Champions League race with a new club record 11th consecutive home win, but Genoa made it difficult in a 4-3 thriller.
There was plenty of motivation on both sides, as the Biancocelesti could set a new all-time club record of 11 consecutive home wins and keep up with the race for a Champions League spot, while the Grifone had to break clear of the relegation zone. Francesco Acerbi and Goran Pandev sat out bans, with Luiz Felipe, Gonzalo Escalante, Felipe Caicedo, Domenico Criscito and Luca Pellegrini injured.
Mattia Perin already had his gloves stung by Ciro Immobile in the third minute after combining with Manuel Lazzari, then moments later his angled drive skimmed the far upright.
Immobile again tested Perin at the near post with a scuffed volley, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s rocket almost propelled the goalkeeper back into his own net.
Luis Alberto also forced a save, but in the end Lazio needed a bit of luck to break the deadlock. After another passing move, Ivan Radovanovic’s attempted clearance bounced off Joaquin Correa’s shin and ricocheted into the net from eight yards.
Just as Genoa started to push forward a little more, they were caught on the counter and Radovanovic pulled Immobile back by the arm and shoulder. Immobile converted the penalty with sheer power to double Lazio’s lead.
Genoa tried to get one back before the break, but Pepe Reina flew to palm away the Kevin Strootman rocket.
The Grifone made a triple substitution at the break and it paid off with a spectacular start, as within 40 seconds they were back in the game. Practically from the kick-off, Paolo Ghiglione was allowed to run to the by-line and pull back for Gianluca Scamacca, but Adam Marusic got there first and accidentally turned into his own net.
Lazio reacted immediately too, a Luis Alberto right-foot curler into the far top corner from just inside the box restoring their two-goal cushion.
Correa added another to complete his brace, cutting inside to get the shot away amid a crowd of defenders from 12 yards, as even Perin’s fingertips couldn’t keep it out.
Immobile almost scored a spectacular second, as with one touch he left two defenders for dead in the penalty area, but Perin did remarkably well to get something on it.
Danilo Cataldi went in very late on Milan Badelj for a Genoa penalty, which Gianluca Scamacca converted by blasting into the roof of the net.
Suddenly, Lazio seemed distracted and were caught out again less than a minute later for 4-3. Genoa won it back in midfield, Badelj threaded through for Shomurodov, who smashed his finish between Pepe Reina and the near post.
The Grifone were pouring forward and throwing multiple crosses into the box, but Davide Biraschi sustained an injury, essentially reducing them to 10 men for stoppages.
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