Lazio tame Bologna to go atop

Lazio's Correa scores their second goal. - Reuters
Lazio's Correa scores their second goal. - Reuters

Rome - Lazio therefore moved two points ahead of idle Juventus and eight ahead of Inter, which also had a game postponed last weekend.



By AP

Published: Sat 29 Feb 2020, 10:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 1 Mar 2020, 12:56 AM

Juventus lost their grip on first place in Serie A to Lazio on Saturday and the eight-time defending champion will have to wait more than a week - or possibly even longer - to get it back.
That's because five Italian league games scheduled for this weekend - including Juventus' highly awaited match against third-place Inter Milan - were postponed in an attempt to contain the spread of a virus outbreak.
However, with the virus outbreak worst in northern Italy, Lazio was permitted to play its match against Bologna in Rome and won 2-0 with its fans in attendance.
Lazio therefore moved two points ahead of idle Juventus and eight ahead of Inter, which also had a game postponed last weekend.
Juventus' next game is at Bologna on March 8 - and there are concerns that it and other matches next weekend could be postponed, too, if the government decides to extend emergency anti-virus measures for another week.
At the Stadio Olimpico, many fans wore masks over their faces as Lazio extended its unbeaten run to 21 games in an attempt to win Serie A for the first time in two decades.
Luis Alberto scored one goal and set up another while playing through an apparent injury that left him limping.  Bologna had two goals disallowed following VAR checks.
Alberto put Lazio ahead 18 minutes in with a shot from the edge of the area after taking a pass from Ciro Immobile then provided the pass for Joaquin Correa to score with a deflected effort three minutes later.


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