Sergio Floccari and a cheeky Antonio Candreva chipped penalty gave Lazio their third consecutive victory, beating Sampdoria 2-0.
The Aquile had rediscovered their form with two straight wins, while Samp ensured mathematical safety despite being without a victory in nine. Delio Rossi returned to face his former club, though the Blucerchiati had picked up one point from their last six visits to the Olimpico.
Ederson, Michael Ciani, Stefano Mauri and Abdoullay Konko missed out for the hosts, while Nenad Krsticic and Andrea Costa were injured. Cristian Brocchi waved goodbye to the Lazio fans after announcing his retirement due to injury.
Miroslav Klose volleyed over in the opening minute, but Poulsen’s pull-back was bundled wide by a combination of Mauro Icardi and Sansone.
Lazio took the lead after 10 minutes from a corner, as Stefan Radu flicked it on for a wayward Klose shot that Sergio Floccari redirected from six yards with his knee.
The Biancocelesti had a wonderful move with one-touch football sending Floccari clear before his angled drive flashed across the face of goal.
Da Costa had his gloves stung by a missile of an Antonio Candreva free kick that looped over the wall.
Sampdoria should’ve equalised when Andrea Poli pulled back from the by-line for Gianluca Sansone, but Giuseppe Biava dived in for a decisive block as he was pulling the trigger from five yards.
Radu had the worst of a mid-air collision with Federico Marchetti, losing a lot of blood from his nose, but was able to continue after treatment. Candreva hit a volley into the ground so Da Costa was able to pluck it out of the air.
Samp continued to threaten and smashed against the crossbar just before the break with Icardi’s shot deflected off Biava.
Candreva thumped another angled drive across the six-yard box straight after the restart, but Sampdoria lost Poli to a thigh injury.
Floccari sprung the offside trap on a Cristian Ledesma ball through the middle, but Da Costa rushed off his line to force a corner at his feet.
Marchetti also had to be alert, diving to turn a Gaetano Berardi snapshot round the base of the near post.
In stoppages Sampdoria’s Renan was sent off for dissent, as he said something to the referee, who flashed a straight red card.
It got even worse, as Lazio were awarded a penalty for a clumsy Daniele Gastaldello challenge that felled Eddy Onazi. Candreva stepped up and converted with a Francesco Totti-style chip through the middle.
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Sent off: Renan 91 (S)