Miroslav Klose bagged a brace, as Lazio took advantage of disastrous Pescara defending to secure the win in 35 minutes.
There was extra security for this match due to ill-feeling between the sets of supporters. Mauro Zarate didn’t have to worry, as he was left behind due to a ‘technical decision’ by Coach Vladimir Petkovic. He joined the injured Ederson, Cristian Brocchi, Modibo Diakite and Stefan Radu. Pescara had picked up their form after three initial defeats, but Vladimir Weiss and Damiano Zanon sat out bans with the injured Francesco Modesto, Alessandro Crescenzi and Uros Cosic.
Stefano Mauri had the first strike after 20 seconds, followed by Giuseppe Colucci’s effort deflected out for a corner.
Hernanes opened the scoring with a magnificent free kick from 25 metres that curled over the wall and into the top corner past a flailing Mattia Perin.
The visitors were far sharper early on, as Hernanes and a Mauri screamer went close. Miroslav Klose ended his four-match goalless streak by doubling Lazio’s lead, springing the offside trap from an Antonio Candreva through ball and dribbling round the helpless Perin to deposit into an empty net. The Pescara defence was AWOL.
It was all Lazio at the Stadio Adriatico and Klose just failed to get on the end of another Candreva assist.
Klose was allowed a free header from a corner to make it 3-0 and further highlight the disastrous Pescara defending, as he got away from Christian Terlizzi.
Pescara’s first real chance was on 38 minutes, as Federico Marchetti palmed a long-range Colucci free kick out for a corner.
Jonathas came off the bench and should’ve done better when pouncing on an Abdoullay Konko error, but hesitated and the chance went begging.
Balzano charged down Mauri’s strike and Hernanes skimmed the bar from the edge of the box. Marchetti flew to fingertip a long-range Gianluca Caprari free kick out from under the woodwork.
Pescara did eventually come out of their shells, testing Marchetti with a Quintero free kick, then Elvis Abbruscato’s effort hit the post.
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