Lazio averts total collapse and keeps Serie A a little more exciting

SS Lazio has painstakingly made sure that the Serie A remains a bit exciting. Before the corona crisis, the Romans built a string of 21 (!) Unbeaten Serie A matches, messed up after the restart against Atalanta Bergamo and recovered with great difficulty against Fiorentina on Saturday.

Simone Inzaghi’s team gave away a 0-2 lead against Atlanta Bergamo midweek and started moderately against Fiorentina. Routinier Franck Ribéry (37) turned on after a half hour for a solo, passed three opponents and surprised goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha in the short corner: 0-1 for The viola. Shortly after half-time, Rachid Ghezzal was close to 0-2, but the Algerian hit the bar.

Lazio was still unable to convince, but managed to turn the gap around. That did not go without any fortune: Felipe Caicedo contacted goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski, went to the ground with great pleasure and also got a penalty kick. Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile signed from the spot for number 28 of the season: 1-1. A lead for Lazio was not exactly coming, but it came: Luis Alberto demarcated, wanted to pass, got the ball through opponent Igor Julio again and shot the distance from 2-1.

The guests from Florence were frustrated: in the very last minute of the extra time, substitute Dušan Vlahović turned red after an elbow strike. Trainer Inzaghi was also sent to the stands. The 2000 Scudetto winner crossed the line and was still able to breathe a sigh of relief. The gap with Juventus – which got rid of Lecce on Friday – is four points, with ten rounds to go. Lazio will play an away match against Juventus’ fellow townsman Torino on Tuesday and will visit on July 20 The old lady self.

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