Immobile’s record lifts Lazio to fifth place with Venice win
Stadio Olimpico (Rome): Lazio climbed above Roma and Atalanta into fifth place on Monday night with a 1-0 win over stubborn Veniceas Ciro Immobile scored from a penalty to become the Roman club’s all-time top scorer in A-series.
The Italian striker netted a penalty into the bottom corner after 58 minutes to score his 144th league goal for the Biancocelesti and edge 1938 World Cup winner Silvio Piola to top Lazio’s all-time goalscoring charts .
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Maurizio Sarri’s side had to work hard for their victory over a Venice side who are three points from safety in 18th, but the win moved them two places ahead of Sunday’s Rome Derby.
Lazio dominated possession in the first half but struggled to open up a well-honed visiting defence, with Felipe Anderson squandering the best chance when he fired wide past the far post from a tight angle.
Mattia Zaccagni provided further frustration when he met Mattia Caldara in the box for the second time in three minutes to earn a yellow card for a simulation that rules him out of the Roma clash.
Motionless, wearing a red replica captain’s armband in tribute to Scudetto-winning Lazio captain Pino Wilson, who died last week, wrapped up home in a stunning finish early in the second half but was sent off for off-side.
But Immobile didn’t have to wait long to score his goal, as Luiz Felipe was taken in the face by Domen Crnigoj’s boot and a penalty awarded after a glance at the pitchside VAR monitor, which skipper Biancocelesti sent.
The home crowd had to endure a restless and nervous end as Venezia fired forward numbers in search of an equaliser, but the visitors failed to seriously threaten Thomas Strakosha’s goal.
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