Serie A - Lazio down Brescia to go third

Sun, 13 Feb 16:30:00 2011

Strikes from Alvaro Gonzalez and Libor Kozak gave Lazio a fighting chance of making next year’s Champions League when the Rome side beat Brescia 2-0 at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti.

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Sitting in fourth on the Serie A table coming into the match, Lazio had Palermo snapping at their heels with just two points separating either club.

But the Aquile were given a let off even before their match kicked-off when Palermo squandered the points losing to Fiorentina 4-2 in the day’s early match.

After a slow start to the match Gonzalez opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he met Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross from the right with a powerful header. Moving toward the near post at pace Gonzalez’s header gave Brescia keeper Michele Arcari no chance.

The home side did little to threaten early, but their first chance came through Citadin Eder in the second-half when his free-kick forced Lazio custodian Fernando Muslera into a great diving save.

With the match unable to flow because of persistent fouling from both teams, a solitary goal looked like it would do for Lazio until 1.92cm Libor Kozak leapt high and headed home  Cristian Ledesma’s corner in the 58th minute.

Alessandro Diamanti was Brescia’s only shining light during the game but with little support up front he struggled to make an impact.

Diamanti did come close however when his free-kick deep into stoppage time left Muslera wanting as it cannoned into the crossbar and bounced out.

The win moves Lazio temporarily up into third on 45-points, however victory for Inter Milan over Juventus later this evening would see the Rome club move back down to fourth.

Lazio host cellar dwellers Bari in their next match at the Stadio Olympico on February 20 while things don’t get any easier for Brescia who travel to face fifth placed Udinese the same day. 

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