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Italian Serie A

Stadio Armando Picchi (ATT 11,000) 27th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A De Marco

Livorno Livorno vs Lazio Lazio

Livorno 0

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Lazio 2

S Mauri (15)
L Cavanda (pen 51)

Livorno beaten at home

Last Updated: 27/04/14 7:34pm

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Antonio Candreva scores for the away side

Antonio Candreva scores for the away side

Davide Nicola's return did not herald a change in fortunes for Livorno as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat by Lazio in Serie A.

Nicola was handed the reins of the Tuscan outfit earlier this week after Domenico Di Carlo was sacked, returning just three months after being dismissed himself.

But a goal from Stefano Mauri and an Antonio Candreva penalty handed Lazio victory, boosting their European hopes and leaving Livorno still three points from safety with three games remaining.

Lazio nearly took the lead after only four minutes, but Mauri's volley was brilliantly saved by keeper Francesco Bardi.

At the other end Luca Siligardi shot narrowly over the bar, while Marco Biagianti's header was very well kept out by Etrit Berisha.

The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to a mistake from Bardi, who missed a cross, allowing captain Mauri to slot home.

Bardi made amends with a fine save to deny Lucas Biglia from long range and the Lazio defender then played his team into trouble by giving the ball away, but Michael Ciani produced a great tackle to halt Siligardi when he looked certain to score.

Livorno's hopes of taking anything from the game were severely dented five minutes into the second half when Leandro Rinaudo handled Candreva's cross, giving the Lazio midfielder the chance to score from the spot. He made no mistake.

Bardi kept his side just about in it with a terrific block from Ogenyi Onazi's close-range shot before again denying Candreva.

Livorno pushed forward late on, but neither Siligardi nor Emerson could find the net.

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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