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Lazio 2-1 Fiorentina: Highlights

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The Viola made things interesting but were ultimately undone by their inability to mark the back post.

SS Lazio v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
Not quite strong enough.
Photo by Silvia Lore/Getty Images

Pre-match

Simone Inzaghi went for Thomas Strakosha in goal and Gonzalo Escalante in midfield. Cesare Prandelli picked Lucas Martínez Quarta at the back, with Lorenzo Venuti and Giacomo Bonaventura returning to the XI.

First half

With their first attack of the game, Lazio got a goal. Francesco Acerbi crossed to the back post, where Manuel Lazzari outjumped Cristiano Lazzari and headed it back in for Felipe Caicedo (Fiorentina beffata) to lash home from close range.

Second half

Perhaps due to a knock suffered in the first half, Bartłomiej Drągowski slightly flapped at a Luis Alberto corner at the front post (although someone should’ve gotten a body to it first) and it dropped for Ciro Immobile on the back post to roof. Biraghi was again responsible for losing his man in the same area.

Fiorentina got one back from the penalty spot. Strakosha passed it straight to José Callejón from the back; the Spaniard crossed for Dušan Vlahović and Wesley Hoedt very obviously wrapped him up. The Serbian buried the spot kick for his fourth goal in five games.

Full time

Goals: Caicedo 5’ (ass. Lazzari), Immobile 75’; Vlahović PK 88’

Cards: Luiz Felipe 43’, Escalante 45’, Hoedt 87’; Castrovilli 82’

What’s next

Fiorentina stay locked in 14th place on 15 points, 4 ahead of Spezia (who travel to Napoli later today) and the last relegation spot. Gaetano Castrovilli will miss Sunday’s tussle with Cagliari due to accumulated yellow cards; it felt a bit soft, but that’s Rosario Abisso for you. Lazio, meanwhile, climb to 8th place with 25 points, 3 behind the Partenopei and the last European spot.