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Lazio 2-0 Sampdoria

Lazio managed to claim a 2-0 win over Sampdoria despite being reduced to ten men for the majority of the second half at the Stadio Olimpico. 

The hosts came into the game looking for some positivity after they were greeted by a minimalized crowd due to the strikes by a select group of the ultras. 

It was a positive start for the Biancocelesti as they took the lead early on things to some great footwork by Keita. The midfielder was involved in a series of step-overs, before rolling across for Antonio Candreva to fire in from 12 yards. 

However, things did take a slight turn for the worse at the restart as Briglia was flash a red card, upon receiving his second yellow card, forcing Lazio to play with ten men for 30 plus minutes. 

Fortunately for Edy Reja’s side, the sending off didn’t have much of an effect as Senad Lulic blasted a strike under the bar to double the lead for Lazio. 

It was so nearly 2-1 if not for a goalline clearance by Giuseppe Biava, who scooped away an effort dropped by Etrit Berisha in goal. 

Atalanta 0-2 Sassuolo

Atalanta were handed a shock 2-0 home defeat to Sassuolo to see their record six-match winning run come to an abrupt end. 

It was a great performance by the Neroverdi, who took a bold step in keeping their Serie A status alive for next season, as they were greeted by a goal in each half by Nicola Sansone. 

The striker surprised the Bergamo faithful in the 33rd minute with his angled drive to make it 1-0, before adding his second after the restart. 

Sansone curled in a set-piece which seemed to flash across the face of goal and go in without anyone making contact with it. 

The victory still leaves Sassuolo stranded in 19th place on the Serie A log, but are just two points short of the safety zone.  

Cagliari 1-3 Roma

Mattia Destro put his hand up for a possible World Cup call-up by finding the back of the net on three occasions to help Roma go five points short of the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Cagliari. 

The first goal came just after the half hour mark when Gervinho led the defence astray and pulled back for Destro to tap-in from close range. 

He then followed up with two goals in the second half when another rapid counter-attack worked by Roma allowed him to complete his brace.

But his work was not yet done when he sprung the offside trap to tap in an Alessandro Florenzi ball across the face of goal to make it 3-0. 

Mauricio Pinilla did pull back one for Cagliari on the brink of the full-time whistle after Mehdi Benatia was found guilty for a foul inside the box. The Chilean completed his effort from the penalty spot to keep Cagliari still lingeringly delicately above the drop-zone. 

Catania 1-2 Torino

Torino practically sentenced Catania to relegation with their fight-back from a goal down to record a 2-1 win at the Angelo Massimino Stadium. 

The hosts stole the lead after just a minute played when Gonzalo Bergessio pounced on a defensive error by Federico Moretti to give the Sicilians some hope. 

However, two goals in the space of four minutes in the second-half helped Torino secure three points. Alexander Farnerud side-footed from just inside the box to restore parity. 

The lead and the victory was then snatched four minutes later by Ciro Immobile, whose deflected strike landed up being his 18th goal of the campaign. 

Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese

Juan Caudrado scored a goal and created the other as Fiorentina ousted Udinese 2-1 at the Atremio Franchi Stadium. 

It took 25 minutes for Cuadrado to get off the mark when his fierce shot from distance got the better of Simone Scuffet in goal. 

Then, at the exactly the same point in the second half, The Fiola’s lead was doubled after Cuadrado went down to ground rather easily and was awarded a penalty.

Gonzalo Rodriguez converted from 11 meters to make it 2-0, while Bruno Fernandes responded with a goal of his own but it was too late for the Bianconeri. 

Parma 1-0 Napoli

Parma bounced back a three-match winless run to record a narrow 1-0 win over Napoli at the Ennio Tardini Stadium. 

Contrast to the teams’ previous displays throughout the campaign, the first half had little to write home about as Napoli created one dangerous set of play.

The Azzurri thought they had taken the lead when Fernandez nodded in a Lorenzo Insigne free-kick, only to be correctly ruled out for offside. 

At the restart Ezequiel Schelotto fired in a cross to Jonathan Biabiany, but the Frenchman’s header was punched away by Pepe Reina. 

Parma did take the lead in the 55th minute with an unstoppable strike under the crossbar to net his eighth goal of the campaign. 

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