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Stadio Olimpico 30th March 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Davide Massa

Lazio Lazio vs Catania Catania

Lazio 2

N Legrottaglie (og 79)
A Candreva (pen 81)

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Catania 1

M Izco (50)

Dramatic win for Lazio

Last Updated: 30/03/13 5:57pm

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Antonio Candreva: On target with Lazio's winner

Antonio Candreva: On target with Lazio's winner

A Nicola Legrottaglie own goal and an Antonio Candreva strike late on earned Lazio a dramatic 2-1 win over top-three rivals Catania at the Olimpico.

Catania went into the match knowing a victory could see them jump from eighth to fifth and they looked set to move just six points behind Milan - who occupy the final Champions League spot - when Mariano Isco put them into the lead in the 50th minute.

However Lazio scored in the 79th and then 81st minutes to snatch what could be a vital three points as they moved to 50 points, four off Massimiliano Allegri's men.

Vladimir Petkovic's side were boosted by the return of 10-goal Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who returned to the bench after missing the last six weeks with a leg injury.

Catania were without suspended defenders Nicolas Spolli and Alessandro Potenza, while Ciro Capuano, Fabio Sciacca and Blazej Augustyn missed the game through injury.

Candreva started the game brightly for the home side and an impressive effort from outside the box forced a good save from Mariano Andujar.

The home side should have gone ahead after 17 minutes when Ogenyi Onazi's precise pass found Louis Saha who, despite having an open goal, somehow missed.

Lazio were well in control and Andujar was again called into action just before the half-hour mark, turning Lorik Cana's effort onto the bar.

Andujar's heroics were rewarded five minutes after the restart when Catania took the lead.

After a scramble in the Lazio box the ball fell to Stefan Radu, whose shot was blocked, but the rebound fell to Isco whose effort beat Federico Marchetti.

Lazio continued to attack and Andujar dived full length to keep out a Saha header before Giovanni Marchese cleared off the line to deny Libor Kozak.

The pressure finally told 11 minutes from time when Radu's cross was turned into his own net by Legrottaglie.

And the home side were ahead two minutes later when Giuseppe Bellusci brought down Honorato Ederson inside the area, with Candreva slotting home the spot-kick.

Catania could have grabbed a dramatic late leveller, but somehow Gonzalo Bergessio managed to miss from close range.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 12 22
4 Sampdoria 12 21
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 12 18
8 Udinese 12 18
9 Inter Milan 12 17
10 Fiorentina 12 16
11 Sassuolo 12 15
12 Verona 12 14
13 Empoli 12 13
14 Palermo 11 13
15 Torino 12 12
16 Cagliari 12 11
17 Atalanta 12 10
18 Chievo 12 9
19 Cesena 12 8
20 Parma 12 6