Lazio blow Serie A race wide open, beat Inter 2-1

Lazio blow Serie A race wide open, beat Inter 2-1

Lazio have taken a huge step towards staking their claim for a first Serie A title in 20 years; after coming from behind to beat in-form Inter Milan 2-1 in Rome. Lazio – Coppa Italia winners last season – have not won the Scudetto since Sven-Goran Eriksson led the capital club to glory in 2000.

However, they put up a gutsy display to condemn Inter to a shock defeat.

Ashley Young put Inter ahead in the first half. But goals from the league’s top scorer, Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave Lazio an important victory in Rome.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic completed a second-half turnaround as Lazio secured what could be a crucial win in the Serie A race; by beating Inter 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

Lazio fell behind to Ashley Young’s well-taken goal; his first goal since joining Inter in January. However, they rallied after the restart to hand Antonio Conte’s side; who went into this weekend top of the table, their first top-flight defeat in 17 matches.

Inter centre-back Stefan de Vrij, whistled incessantly by fans of his former club; was deemed to have fouled Ciro Immobile in the box.

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The prolific striker made no mistake from the spot five minutes into the second period. The strike was his 26th goal in the Serie A this season.

Lazio were level five minutes after the restart.

Milan Skriniar intercepted Luis Alberto’s pass but looped it over Daniele Padelli, who fell over him. Thereafter, De Vrij was penalised for a push on Immobile, who slotted home the resulting penalty.

However, they did not stop there.

Young was disappointed not to be awarded a spot-kick of his own. He had gone down under a challenge from Luiz Felipe which the referee waved away. Subsequently, Inter fell behind in the 69th minute.

Marcelo Brozovic did well to block Adam Marusic’s shot on the line. But Milinkovic-Savic picked out the bottom-left corner with the next attempt.

Lautaro Martinez headed in a Young cross from an offside position as Inter pushed for an equaliser. Also, Immobile was denied a brilliant second by Padelli; as Simone Inzaghi’s side extended their unbeaten run in Serie A to 19 matches.

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