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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 32,000) 23rd February 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Piero Giacomelli

Lazio Lazio vs Sassuolo Sassuolo

Lazio 3

S Radu (36)
M Klose (74)
P Cannavaro (og 83)


Sassuolo 2

S Floccari (72)
A Floro Flores (79)

Fireworks light up Stadio Olimpico

Last Updated: 23/02/14 10:15pm

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Miroslav Klose: Scored for Lazio

Miroslav Klose: Scored for Lazio

Lazio emerged victorious after four goals in 11 frantic second-half minutes lit up the Stadio Olimpico and condemned Sassuolo to a sixth straight Serie A defeat.

Europa League-chasing Lazio appeared happy enough to cling onto a slender lead after Stefan Radu added some excitement to a dull first half with a rare defender's goal.

But, as soon as Sassuolo equalised through Sergio Floccari in the 72nd minute, Lazio went all out for the win, shrugging off Antonio Floro Flores' response to a Miroslav Klose strike to win the game 3-2 thanks to Radu's second.

Lazio remain in 10th place but could climb as high as seventh with victory at Fiorentina next week.

Sassuolo, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom of the table, three places and four points behind 17th-placed Bologna.

There was little for fans of either side to get excited about in the early stages of the game, with both defences snaffling any tame raid that came their way.

Alvaro Gonzalez's sighter took a deflection off Lorenzo Ariaudo to end up in the stands and, in the 24th minute, Klose flirted with scoring when heading the loose ball well over Gianluca Pegolo's goalmouth.

Antonio Candreva tried his luck from distance as Lazio grew into the game and with Sassuolo starting to look shaky, the Romans found the back of the net.

It was a stunning effort from Radu, who had only ever scored one league goal for Lazio before tonight.

The Romanian defender picked his spot from 30 metres out and blasted the ball underneath the crossbar with Pegolo helpless to resist.

There was more urgency about both teams when play resumed, and Klose nearly extending Lazio's lead when seizing on a pass from Radu.

Sassuolo came close too, Domenico Berardi fizzing the ball over the bar when put through on goal by Alessandro Longhi.

The Neroverde did get through in the 72nd minute and with Floccari's first league goal of the season the game exploded into life.

The former Lazio striker hurt his old team with a thumping finish on Francesco Magnanelli's cross from the left but it was rendered meaningless two minutes later.

When Reto Ziegler lost possession in midfield, Gonzalez picked out Klose and the German beat Pegolo with ease.

In the 79th minute, Floro Flores made it 2-2.

The Spaniard's free-kick was aimed perfectly and its flight fooled Etrit Berisha, who could not move his feet in time to keep it out.

As Sassuolo celebrated snatching an unlikely point from the Eternal City, Lazio stormed upfield to grab the winner.

There were seven minutes remaining when Radu rattled the crossbar. Sassuolo centre-back Paolo Cannavaro failed to clear the rebound and his Romanian counterpart happily converted a remarkable brace.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10