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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 33,000) 6th April 2014 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: G Calvarese

Lazio Lazio vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Lazio 2

A Candreva (42)
L Biglia (S/O 57)
S Lulic (73)


Lazio continue European push

Last Updated: 06/04/14 2:01pm

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Antonio Candreva celebrates his goal

Antonio Candreva celebrates his goal

Ten-man Lazio maintained their push for a European place with a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon.

Antonio Candreva scored his ninth goal of the campaign to put the Biancoceleste ahead in the 42nd minute.

Despite playing in numerical inferiority following the sending off of midfielder Lucas Biglia for a second yellow card early in the second half, Lazio doubled their lead through Senad Lulic in the 73rd minute.

The outcome in Rome halted Sampdoria's three-match unbeaten run and lifted Lazio into sixth place.

The Romans are two points adrift of Inter Milan, who are fifth and hold the last Europa League qualifying spot.

The visitors were without coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, with the former Lazio player serving a touchline ban.

Samp had the first chance of the game midway through the first half, when Manolo Gabbiadini's bullet strike from the heart of the penalty area went just over the bar.

Two minutes later, Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha kept out Lorenzo De Silvestri's powerful header as the Genoa team pressed forward.

The hosts first tested Angelo Da Costa on the half-hour mark when Candreva's right-footed shot was saved by the keeper.

Lazio went in front before half-time when Keita's cross found an unmarked Candreva in the box and his right-footed shot beat Da Costa.

The home side suffered a setback in the 57th minute when Biglia was handed his marching orders after a late tackle on Nenad Krsticic.

Samp went in search of the equaliser and came close to getting it when Gaetano Berardi's hard drive from 30 yards warmed the hands of Berisha.

Lulic made it 2-0 when he latched onto Stefano Mauri's pass and drilled a right-footed shot from the middle of the box past Da Costa and into the back of the net.

Lazio, who have lost just once at the Stadio Olimpico this year, held on for their 13th win of the campaign.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 21 43
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 21 32
7 Genoa 21 29
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 Empoli 21 20
16 Atalanta 20 20
17 Cagliari 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10