Lazio edge Genoa 3-2, stay on heels of leaders Juve

Rome, Lazio won 3-2 at troubled Genoa to stay one point behind leaders Juventus in a Sunday matchday that saw Italy’s Lega Serie A postpone four matches to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus in two northern regions of the country.

Adam Marusic stormed into the box to fire Lazio’s early opener under the bar and Ciro Immobile struck clinically after the break, taking his top-scorer tally to 27 goals.

Genoa pulled one back when Francesco Cassata drilled a marvellous shot into the top right corner but saw substitute Danilo Cataldi curl in a free-kick for the Romans in the 71st.

Home captain Domenico Criscito converted a 90th-minute penalty awarded for handball after video review, ensuring five hectic minutes of added time.

This a tough place to come for everyone, Cataldi said as Lazio stayed unbeaten for a 20th straight game, clinching 16 victories, said dpa international.

We are doing incredible things and we don’t want to stop. Dreaming is beautiful but we play game by game, as there are 13 left. In a month we will where we stand.

Juve won 2-1 at SPAL on Saturday for a tally of 60 points, moving six clear of Inter Milan, who had their home game against Sampdoria postponed. Genoa stayed third-last in the drop zone.

The other three postponed ties are Atalanta v Sassuolo, Verona v Cagliari and Torino v Parma, after the government asked local authorities to cancel sports, cultural and religious events in the Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont regions after two deaths and more than 120 coronavirus cases there.

Sunday’s only other game is Roma v Lecce. New dates for the postponed games are yet to be set.

Napoli opened the matchday with a 2-1 win at second-last Brescia on Friday and sit sixth to occupy the second Europa League place. AC Milan trail the Neapolitans on goal difference after drawing 1-1 at Fiorentina on Saturday, when Bologna and Udinese also drew 1-1.

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