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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico 10th March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Gervasoni

Lazio Lazio vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Lazio 0


Fiorentina 2

S Jovetic (20)
A Ljajic (49)

Viola sink Lazio in capital

Last Updated: 10/03/13 10:03pm

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Stevan Jovetic was on target for Fiorentina

Stevan Jovetic was on target for Fiorentina

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Adam Ljajic took Fiorentina above Lazio thanks to a 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico.

Both sides were in the hunt for third place in Serie A but Fiorentina had the fresher ideas and moved a point above their hosts and to within three of AC Milan, although they had much to thank goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano for.

The on-loan Palermo keeper made a string of saves in the second half to preserve Vincenzo Montella's side's lead in Rome.

Jovetic wasted a good chance to give the Viola the lead in the eighth minute when he blazed his shot over the crossbar from close range.

The visitors looked keen to take advantage of Lazio's tiredness after a Europa League trip to Stuttgart on Thursday and Juan Cuadrado was next to try his luck, hitting the target in the 14th minute, but not beating Federico Marchetti.

Jovetic did manage to beat Marchetti in the 19th minute, though, his precise shot from the edge of the area finding its way just inside the post.

It took Lazio a while to come to terms with conceding but they improved as the first half wore on, with Andre Dias missing their best chance in the 38th minute.

But Fiorentina struck again early in the second half with Ljajic curling in a direct free-kick with Marchetti somewhat to blame for failing to monitor the side of his goal not covered by the wall.

The response from Lazio was instant this time with Hernanes' free-kick soon tipped over the crossbar by Viviano.

Minutes later, Sergio Floccari's shot was diffused by Viviano, who was then not tested again until the 85th minute when he denied Libor Kozak.

It was too late for Lazio to salvage anything from the game at that stage and Floccari's shot, which met Viviano's legs, summed up a miserable night for the Rome club, who slipped below Fiorentina in the standings.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9