A stunning late strike by Keita Balde helped Lazio to a 3-1 win
over Torino on Monday that keeps the capital side in the hunt for
Champions League qualification in Serie A.
Lazio, who reclaim fourth spot from Inter Milan and sit four
points behind Napoli in third, took the lead at the Stadio
Olimpico through Ciro Immobile in the 56th minute.
However, Maxi Lopez headed past Thomas Strakosha from a free-kick
to bring Torino level.
But in the closing minutes Torino left huge gaps in their defence
on a Lazio counter-attack, and Jordan Lukaku had plenty of time
to set up Balde for a strike from outside the area that beat
England's Joe Hart at the goalkeeper's near post.
Hart had been two metres off his line and despite trying to make
amends three minutes later, Felipe Anderson had no trouble firing
past the on-loan Manchester City shot-stopper, who appeared to
suffer a knock as he came out to block.
Inter had stepped up their bid for a top-three finish with an
emphatic 7-1 win over Atalanta at the San Siro on Sunday, but
Lazio are now two points ahead of Stefano Pioli's men in fourth.
Juventus, 2-1 winners over AC Milan on Friday, remain on course
for a record sixth consecutive Serie A title and a third
consecutive league and Cup double.
Massimiliano Allegri's men, who take a 2-0 first-leg lead into
their last-16 decider at home to Porto in the Champions League on
Tuesday, lead Roma by eight points with Napoli 10 points off the
pace in third.