Lazio were remarkably clinical to beat Chievo 3-0, ending their curse with the first win in this fixture for a decade.
The Flying Donkeys were something of a bete noir for Lazio, unbeaten at the Stadio Olimpico since 2003, followed by three victories and five draws. The Biancocelesti were forced to reshuffle the midfield, as Hernanes and Stefano Mauri were suspended with Lucas Biglia and Stefan Radu injured, so Antonio Candreva moved to the right.
It took only eight minutes for Lazio to break the deadlock, as Ederson robbed Ivan Radovanovic to spark a counter and Candreva’s angled drive took a decisive deflection to beat Christian Puggioni at the near post.
However, they were forced into an early substitution when Giuseppe Biava limped off for Michael Ciani.
Chievo had more of the ball in the first half and notched up a series of corners, but Lazio held on under pressure. Federico Marchetti did well to parry from Alberto Paloschi, but Cyril Thereau turned the follow-up over the bar.
Lazio doubled their lead somewhat against the run of play. Luis Pedro Cavanda had started the move and finished it, as Puggioni flapped at a Cristian Ledesma cross and the full-back volleyed in at full stretch from a tight angle.
The Biancocelesti were remarkably clinical in attack and made it 3-0 before half-time. This time Senad Lulic ran on to an Eddy Onazi through ball and placed the angled drive across Puggioni.
In the second period Miroslav Klose came sliding in only to turn over under pressure, but Paloschi almost scored with an audacious back heel flick from substitute Marcelo Estigarribia’s assist.
Candreva was about to complete his brace, but was denied by the frame of the goal, while Ledesma and Klose also went close.
Puggioni had his palms stung at the near post by a Klose cushioned header and smothered at Onazi’s feet, while Marchetti denied an Estigarribia volley and a late Paloschi header.
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