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Italy Serie A

Renzo Barbera 19th January 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Palermo Palermo vs Lazio Lazio

Palermo 2

E Arevalo (70)
P Dybala (71)

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Lazio 2

S Floccari (10)
Hernanes (pen 84)

Disappointing draw for Lazio

Last Updated: 19/01/13 10:38pm

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Arevalo Rios celebrates for Palermo

Arevalo Rios celebrates for Palermo

Lazio were unable to apply further pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus as they had to rely on a late Hernanes penalty to take a 2-2 draw at lowly Palermo.

The Biancocelesti could have drawn level at the top, ahead of Juve's late kick-off against Udinese, but were undone by two second-half goals in as many minutes.

Arevalo Rios cancelled out Sergio Floccari's early opener with 20 minutes to go and Palermo took a shock lead moments later through Paulo Dybala.

Gian Piero Gasperini's strugglers failed to hold on though as Hernanes converted an 84th-minute penalty after Floccari was felled in the area by substitute Ezequiel Munoz.

the dropped points proved even more costly when Juventus thrashed Udinese 4-0 later in the evening.

A fourth successive win last weekend had lifted Lazio three points behind Juventus and the capital club - still without Miroslav Klose - looked ready to go level at the top when Floccari struck after 10 minutes.

Palermo goalkeeper Samir Ujkani had already done well to keep out Hernanes' long-range drive, with barely a minute on the clock, before he was left helpless to stop Floccari's header.

The striker expertly looped the ball over the stranded Ujkani after Cristian Ledesma's long pass cut open the defence.

Federico Marchetti maintained the Lazio lead with a smart save to deny Fabrizio Miccoli's turn and shot.

The visitors remained 1-0 ahead into the break and should have doubled their advantage on 62 minutes only for a dubious offside call. Floccari was perfectly picked out by Stefano Mauri but the flag went up.

The decision took on greater relevance when Palermo struck twice in quick time to go ahead.

Rios got the first when he had the simplest of tasks to tap in after Andrea Dossena's perfect delivery from the left.

A minute later Lazio were left stunned as Josip Ilicic burst down the right before Miccoli passed for Dybala to score.

The title challengers did manage a reply though, with Hernanes converting from the spot after Munoz's poor challenge on the influential Floccari.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 33 87
2 Roma 33 79
3 Napoli 33 67
4 Fiorentina 33 58
5 Inter Milan 33 53
6 Parma 33 51
7 Torino 33 48
8 AC Milan 33 48
9 Lazio 33 48
10 Verona 33 46
11 Atalanta 33 46
12 Sampdoria 33 41
13 Genoa 33 39
14 Udinese 33 38
15 Cagliari 33 33
16 Chievo 33 30
17 Bologna 33 28
18 Livorno 33 25
19 Sassuolo 33 25
20 Catania 33 20