Lazio survived a scare to make their first half domination count after Albano Bizzarri parried a Parma penalty.
These two sides have been surprise packages this season and are arguably fighting each other for spots in Europe. The Biancocelesti have their sights on the Champions League and went into the weekend just two points off third place. Goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, Tommaso Rocchi, Mauro Zarate, Andre Dias, Cristian Brocchi and Abdoullay Konko were sidelined. Parma missed Daniele Galloppa, but were fresh from a shock victory over Inter and started goalscorer Nicola Sansone.
Antonio Candreva’s long-range effort was just off target, but Lazio took the lead with their first real scoring opportunity on 25 minutes. A corner was not cleared properly and pinged around the six-yard line until Giuseppe Biava got the final touch under the bar.
Parma protested on 29 minutes when Marco Parolo’s header was put out for a corner off Miroslav Klose’s hand, but the referee considered it to be involuntary as it was from point-blank range.
Klose most definitely meant to score and did so a few minutes later, as he ran on to an Alvaro Gonzalez through ball to nutmeg the on-rushing goalkeeper, left relatively undisturbed by the Parma defence.
However, the German international went off before the break with a slight injury, joined during half-time by fellow goal-scorer Biava.
Antonio Mirante had to deny Candreva’s powerful finish, but Parma did get a leg back into the game when Sansone went on a sensational slalom in the Lazio area until he was tripped by Mauri for a penalty. Ishak Belfodil stepped up and Bizzarri parried, but Parma substitute got back on to the follow-up to score.
Belfodil almost made it 2-2 soon after, but Bizzarri performed a desperate save from point-blank range as he toe-poked Massimo Gobbi’s cross at the by-line.
Mirante blocked a Mauri shot from distance and Libor Kozak should’ve done better when missing from close range on Candreva’s cross.
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Saved penalty: Belfodil 66 (P)