Lazio recovered from the early exit of injured Ciro Immobile to post a 2-0 win at Sassuolo.© AFP
Lazio recovered from the early exit of injured captain Ciro Immobile to post a 2-0 win at Sassuolo on Sunday. Mattia Zaccagni opened the scoring before the break by converting a penalty awarded after Sassuolo defender Jeremy Toljan handled the ball at a corner. Felipe Anderson added a second deep into injury time with Lazio, in fifth, moving three points behind third-placed Juventus and Inter Milan, and four adrift of champions AC Milan.
Maurizio Sarri’s side took advantage of second-placed AC Milan’s 2-2 draw at Lecce, with Juventus on Friday crushed 5-1 by Napoli, who are top of the standings with a healthy nine-point advantage.
Lazio host AC Milan next weekend, with Immobile now in doubt after being substituted early on due to discomfort in his right thigh.
It is a fresh blow for the 32-year-old striker, who has already missed several games this season with a left thigh problem.
Sassuolo remain mired in the depths, dropped to 17th after this sixth defeat in seven matches.
Angolan forward M’Bala Nzola’s ninth goal of the season earned Spezia a 1-0 win at Torino, extending their unbeaten run to five games and edging them away from the drop zone.
Udinese are winless in 10 matches following a 2-1 home defeat by Bologna.
Sixth-placed Atalanta and Roma, just behind the Bergamo side but equal on points, are both in action later on Sunday against Salernitana and Fiorentina respectively.
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