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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 29,000) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Mazzoleni

Lazio Lazio vs Inter Milan Inter

Lazio 1

M Klose (82)

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Inter 0

Klose earns Lazio vital win

Last Updated: 15/12/12 10:00pm

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Miroslav Klose: Scored the only goal for Lazio

Miroslav Klose: Scored the only goal for Lazio

Lazio closed in on second-place Inter Milan thanks to a late Miroslav Klose strike at the Stadio Olimpico which earned Vladimir Petkovic's side a 1-0 victory.

Inter hit the post twice in a game which came to life in the second half, but it was the Germany international who decided matters in the 82nd minute to reduce the gap between the two sides to a single point.

Inter's fifth defeat of the season leaves them four points behind league leaders Juventus.

The game needed the first half to get going with neither side conjuring up a shot on goal inside the first 45 minutes.

The only flutter of excitement came three minutes before half-time when Klose pointed to where he wanted the ball to be delivered, but clipped the heal of Alvaro Pereira as he tried to get there, and his claims for a penalty were waved away by the referee.

The game then came to life in the second half with Inter hitting the woodwork twice in a strong five-minute spell.

Fredy Guarin was first to rattle the post with a shot from 25 yards in the 67th minute, with Antonio Cassano hitting the same part of the goal frame from slightly closer in the 72nd minute.

Each time, the rebound fell to Diego Milito, who first shot wide and then was denied by Federico Marchetti.

In between, Hernanes curled a free-kick over the wall but into the arms of Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Klose then took centre stage, missing two easy chances before scoring the most difficult one.

He first failed to control the ball just five yards in front of Handanovic's goal with the ball trickling to the Inter custodian in the 79th minute.

Two minutes later, Klose's control again let him down as he burst into the area, but again failed to get a shot in.

It was third time lucky in the 82nd minute though, as the German made up for his previous stumbles with a shot on the stretch which he guided into the far post as he again fell to the ground.

Inter launched a late assault on the Lazio goal, but failed to find an equaliser as Lazio held on for the win.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 34 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Empoli 34 41
14 Chievo 34 41
15 Verona 34 40
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16