Salernitana beat Lazio 3-1, Atalanta silenced Empoli 2-0


SALERNITANA thrashed Lazio 3-1 in Italy’s Serie A clash in Rome on Sunday local time.

Without the injured Ciro Immobile, Lazio looked set for a sixth win in their last seven league games and finished second in the table when Mattia Zaccagni put them ahead four minutes before the break.

Lazio had not conceded a goal in their previous six matches but Salernitana did not lose sight of recording her first win at the Stadio Olimpico and simultaneously sending Lazio bouncing to fourth place or eight points behind league leaders Napoli.

“I’ve had great years here at the Olimpico. I felt at home when I came back here, I’m very happy,” said goalscorer Federico Fazio, who left Roma in January after more than five years with the Italian capital’s side.

Former Lazio player Antonio Candreva led Salernitana to equalize in the 51st minute.

A few minutes later Maurizio Sarri’s team was again beaten by his former player this time, Federico Fazio.

Fazio snatched the ball from Flavius ​​??Daniliuc which he then slotted into the Lazio goal in the 68th minute.

Boulaye Dia scored Salernitana’s third goal from a lightning counter-attack which helped take his team to ninth position in the standings.

In another match, Atalanta sealed second place in the Serie A standings after Ademola Lookman scored his fourth goal in five league games as his side won 2-0 at home to Empoli.

The Nigeria international ensured Atalanta overtook AC Milan who was playing Torino on the same day, with a low finish before the hour mark.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s team are now five points behind Napoli.

“He has technique and pace, really a player any coach would like,” Gasperini said of Lookman to DAZN.

Hans Hateboer scored the visitors’ opener in the 32nd minute after Lookman’s shot deflected into the Netherlands international’s path just inches from goal.

Atalanta had almost won an even more convincing victory had Teun Koopmeiners’ penalty not been cleared by Guglielmo Vicario before half-time after Mattia Destro’s hand touched the ball from Lookman’s free kick.

Empoli are now in 13th place after suffering their fifth defeat of the season or two points behind Fiorentina who won 2-1 against hosts Spezia thanks to Arthur Cabral’s winner in the last minute.

Prior to Cabral’s goal in a red card for Spezia, it was 1-1 after Nikola Milenkovic’s 11th minute goal was equalized by Spezia’s M’NBala Nzola in the 35th minute.

In other matches, Udinese drew 0-0- against bottom side Cremonese. (Ant/OL-13)