Miroslav Klose’s brace and an Antonio Candreva blockbuster maintained Lazio’s perfect record to crush Palermo.
Vladimir Petkovic was under so much pressure in pre-season, but hoped to maintain his 100 per cent record in competitive matches. Giuseppe Sannino, on the other hand, was smarting after a 3-0 home defeat to Napoli and was without Eran Zahavi, Andrea Mantovani and Franco Brienza. Miroslav Klose passed a fitness test on his back to start.
Palermo’s last victory in Rome was in May 2008. Cristian Ledesma fired wide from distance and Senad Lulic did well to put Nicolas Bertolo off as he ran on to a long ball into the box.
A deflected Fabrizio Miccoli set play went off target and Luigi Giorgi performed a crucial block on Hernanes at the edge of the box.
Lazio thought they had scored on 32 minutes when Abdoullay Konko toe-poked it past Samir Ujkani from a set play, but Mauro Cetto got back in time for a goalline clearance.
The Biancocelesti did break through soon after with Klose’s first goal since February. The Palermo defence combined with chaotic clearances to keep the ball in the box and Alvaro Gonzalez lobbed it back in for Klose’s low volley from six yards.
The heavens opened at half-time with heavy rain over the Stadio Olimpico. Straight after the restart there was more chaos from a Lazio corner, as Ujkani wildly flapped at a diving Giuseppe Biava header and somehow the ball was cleared.
Antonio Candreva doubled the Biancocelesti’s lead with a sensational solo effort. He gathered from 20 metres, cut in on to his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable rocket into the far top corner.
Paulo Dybala made his Serie A debut after Instituto finally provided the international transfer. He combined with Josip Ilicic to wreak havoc in the Lazio box, but they managed to scramble the ball away.
However, Klose put the final word on the three points with his second goal of the game. The German chested down a Lulic cross and slipped his shot past the on-rushing goalkeeper after Steve Von Bergen failed to cut out the assist.
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