Lazio loses 2-1 at Genoa to dent Champions League hopes

Posted at 11:29 AM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 11:29:56-05

MILAN (AP) — Lazio's misfortunes continued Sunday as it conceded a clumsy equalizer and a stoppage-time goal to lose 2-1 at Genoa in Serie A, damaging its hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Lazio remained seventh, level on points with Atalanta and city rival Roma which hosts Bologna on Monday. Lazio is four points behind AC Milan, which occupies fourth spot and the final Champions League qualifying berth.

Crisis-hit Inter Milan has five more points than Lazio and plays Sampdoria later Sunday, when second-placed Napoli hosts Torino.

Lazio had a huge injury list with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo, Luis Alberto, Bastos, Wallace, Jordan Lukaku, Luiz Felipe, Riza Durmisi and Valon Berisha all ruled out, while Ciro Immobile was playing but not fully fit.

Milan Badelj gave Lazio the lead shortly before halftime, playing a one-two with Immobile and firing into the bottom right corner for his first goal since joining from Fiorentina in the offseason.

The midfielder almost doubled his lead but hit the crossbar.

Lazio lost defender Stefan Radu to injury as well and shortly after Genoa leveled in somewhat fortunate circumstances as Lucas Leiva's attempted clearance bounced off Antonio Sanabria's leg and into the back of the net.

Genoa increased the pressure and snatched all three points in stoppage time as a poor clearance fell to Domenico Criscito, who drilled it into the bottom right corner.


Fiorentina came from behind to win 4-1 at relegation-threatened SPAL after video review changed the course of the match .

SPAL thought it had gone 2-1 ahead when Mattia Valoti scored on the counter-attack but the referee viewed a previous incident on VAR and opted to disallow the goal and award Fiorentina a penalty for Dias Felipe's trip on Federico Chiesa moments earlier.

Spal was four points above the relegation zone and one ahead of Empoli, which beat Sassuolo 3-0 for its first league win of 2019.

Chievo Verona, which is in last place and 12 points from safety, lost 1-0 at Udinese.


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