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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 10,000) 27th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Calvarese

Lazio Lazio vs Udinese Udinese

Lazio 3

A Gonzalez (17)
M Klose (31)
Hernanes (59)

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Comfortable win for Lazio

Last Updated: 27/11/12 10:14pm

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Hernanes celebrates in style

Hernanes celebrates in style

Lazio moved back ahead of city rivals Roma following a comfortable 3-0 win over Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.

A delightful Anderson Hernanes free-kick, after first-half goals from Alvaro Gonzalez and Miroslav Klose, sent the Romans up to fifth place in Serie A following a week the club has found itself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has spent the past five days distancing Lazio from a vicious bar-room attack before last week's Europa League tie against Tottenham that left a Spurs fan fighting for his life.

Two Roma fans have subsequently been charged with attempted murder and on Tuesday night Lazio opted to wear their traditional light blue jersey with the English words 'No Racism' emblazoned across it.

It was a clear indication of the club's determination to clear their name, after initially being linked to the attack, with Lotito also reported to have visited the stabbed Tottenham fan, Ashley Mills, in hospital today.

On the pitch the Biancocelesti were hardly troubled and had overcome a missed penalty by the time they went ahead for good on 17 minutes.

Christian Ledesma's casual-looking spot kick was saved by Zeljko Brkic low to his right and while Antonio Di Natale smacked a tight-angled free-kick against the post Lazio deservedly hauled themselves ahead.

Their opener owed to a perfectly-weighted first-time pass from Stefano Mauri across the top of the area that was thumped in by Gonzalez.

Udinese were already being over-run and Brkic needed a strong hand to palm over when Antonio Candreva was allowed a free passage into the area.

Some more poor defending allowed Lazio to go 2-0 up on the half-hour.

A hopeful hoof forward was helped on by Mauri for Klose who, completely unmarked, was able to saunter into the area and pass the ball past an exposed Brkic for his eighth goal of the campaign.

Udinese, who came from 2-0 to beat Roma in the capital last month, almost pulled a goal back just before the break when Federico Marchetti spilled a simple catch that Andrea Coda instinctively poked wide.

Lazio were out of sight on the hour when Hernanes, who had come on moments earlier, got his free-kick up and over the wall from just outside the area.

With the game won the hosts went through the motions in the last 30 minutes to secure a barely-taxing win ahead of the weekend visit of Parma.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25